Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
2007 San Francisco Conference. The Church of Laodicea. Part 5.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Point 1. Definition of Forgiveness.
Forgiveness = to give up resentment, excuse a guilty party, to release from payment, to forget an offense never bringing it up again not even to discuss it.
If someone asks for your forgiveness, and in honor you forgive them, then integrity and loyalty to doctrine demands that you forget whatever was done against you.
It also means that you never again recall what the individual has done to you or penalize the individual for doing so.
Arrogance has no ability to forgive.
Point 2. The ultimate expression of forgiveness was the cross of Christ.
This was why our Lord screamed out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Point 3. Scripture Passages on Forgiveness.
ISA 43:25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake [because of My honor and integrity]. Furthermore, I will not remember your sin.”
MAR 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions.”
1JO 2:12 “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.”
Point 4. One of the greatest illustrations of forgiveness is found in the story of Joseph.
1. Joseph was thrown into the pit by his brothers which was a part of God’s plan for his life, which he failed to recognize, GEN 37:1-24.
2. Joseph was sold to a caravan, which just so happened to be coming by, and the caravan took Joseph to Egypt, God’s geographical will for Joseph, GEN 37:25-36.
3. Joseph then became a servant to Potiphar, who was an officer of Pharaoh, and Joseph learned that God can provide prosperity in any situation, GEN 39:2-6.
God can bless you in one geographical area as much as in another geographical area.
4. Joseph was then tempted many times by his Potiphar’s wife to have sex with her, and he passed the test magnificently, GEN 39:7-10.
5. Mrs. Potiphar reacted against the rejection by Joseph and falsely accused Joseph of trying to seduce her, and this was a total act of injustice, GEN 39:11-18.
6. Potiphar believed his wife and threw Joseph into the dungeon for his second “pit” experience, GEN 39:19-20.
7. In GEN 40:1-4, Potiphar abuses his authority and gives Joseph double duties as a slave to two aristocrats in the Egyptian prison.
8. GEN 40:14-15 – Joseph fails again by relying on man rather than the Lord and the two men both forget to help Joseph in his prison experience.
When God blesses and God promotes, the disasters, tragedies, and heartaches of life are all blotted out.
Joseph’s brothers assume that Jacob’s death will remove Joseph’s restraint and tolerance of them and that he will seek revenge.
The brothers judged Joseph by assigning to him their own flaws, their own sins, and their own weaknesses.
MAT 7:12 “Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them,”
Believers who are losers always assign to others their own flaws, sins, and failures!
PRO 16:6 By grace and truth iniquity (faults, evils) is forgiven.
DAN 9:9 To God belongs mercy and forgiveness
PSA 119:165 Great peace have they that love the Torah [doctrine]; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble
Point 5. There are actually two forgivenesses which have to do with your relationship with God.
A. Salvation forgiveness for eternal life.
“Having forgiven us all our transgressions” – participle charizomai = generally used for the forgiveness related to pre-salvation sins.
B. Postsalvation forgiveness for your spiritual life in time.
1JO 1:9 “If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and righteous, with the result that he forgives us our sins [known sins] and purifies us from all wrongdoing [unknown sins].”
Aphiemi – used for the forgiveness of post-salvation sins. Aphiemi means to remove guilt, release from penalty, and give righteousness.
MAR 2:10 “The Son of man has power to forgive sins”
EPH 1:7 We have forgiveness according to the riches of His grace” (we do not deserve it or earn it).
JER 31:34 “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”