Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection are all rooted in one concept, forgiveness. We are sinners who owe a debt we cannot pay. Jesus, perfect, sinless, blameless, paid our sin debt with His blood on the cross.
This week we will look at that forgiveness.
God’s example of forgiveness
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” (Ephesians 1:7)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-39)
What is sin? It is the failure to obey God. It began in the garden of Eden when Adam refused to obey God. He and his wife Eve were cast out of the garden of Eden. The judgment God gave to them and all who would follow was death, physical and spiritual. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12) “For the wages of sin is death;” (Romans 6:23)
Jesus came and paid our sin debt. He redeemed, justified, and forgave all our sin.
We need to step back and ask ourselves, “Have we accepted God’s forgiveness?” If not, that is the starting point.
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001