Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Forgiveness.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Point 1. Definition of Forgiveness.
Forgiveness means 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.

LUK 17:4 “If someone sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

Point 2. The ultimate expression of forgiveness was the cross of Christ.

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.”

COL 3:13 “Bearing one another and forgiving each other. Whoever has a complaint against anyone else, just as the Lord forgave you, so also you should forgive others.”

EPH 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each
other just as God in Christ has also forgiven you.”

Forgiveness is God’s invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And He invites us all to forgive each other.

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.”

COL 2:13 And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our 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.

Point 5. There are actually two forgivenesses which have to do with your relationship with God.

A. Salvation forgiveness for eternal life.

COL 2:13 And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He [God the Father] made you alive together with Him [Jesus Christ], having forgiven us all our transgressions,

ISA 43:25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions and will not remember your sins.”
ISA 44:22 “I have blotted out as a cloud your transgressions and as a cloud your sins.”
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 - forgiveness of post-salvation sins.
Aphiemi = to remove guilt, release from penalty and give righteousness.

EPH 1:7 - “We have forgiveness according to the riches of His grace”
JER 31:34 “For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
PSA 86:5 “For Thou, Lord art good, and ready to forgive [callach - let go completely forever].”

JER 3:13 “Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God”
PSA 32:5 “I acknowledged my sin to Thee, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’; and Thou did forgive the ‘guilt’ of my sin. Selah.”

Two forgivenesses:
A. One related to time, 1JO 1:9.
B. One related to eternity, JOH 3:36.

There are two categories of sin in human history for which He was judged - pre-salvation sins and postsalvation sins.

Forgiveness of sin is based upon the believer being rightly related to the justice of God by directing his faith toward the “work” of Christ on the cross.

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