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Believe In Christ
in Greek, is “pisteuo,” meaning “trust in, cling to, and
rely upon.” We simply need to believe (trust in cling to and rely
upon) that which God says in His written word concerning the forgiveness of
sins – It is only by Christ’s shed blood, all our sins are taken
away – past, present, and future sins.
We must see that the fact is…we as Christian believers cannot be condemned. We stand before God under a new relational paradigm. Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
necessary, God also will sprinkle and cleanse our consciousness with “pure
water” of the “Spirit of life.” He does this so
we can keep on walking in Him, with our mind at ease, in a full
assurance of faith.
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil (poneros, hurtful) conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Thus, we believers in this day of the dispensation of the grace of God may have total confidence in our good standing and our acceptance by God because we have believed “into Christ.”
Forgiveness of Sins Under the Two Paradigms of Law & Grace:
1) Still under the Law, Jesus gave the Jews this prayer that included the fact that they had to forgive first in order to receive forgiveness. Matt 6:12 And (God) forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
While still under the dispensation of the Law (Matt 5:18), Jesus here presents a conditional requirement for Jews to be forgiven of sins. Any preacher who preaches this conditional requirement for forgiveness of sin today preaches “Law,” not “grace.”
Note how Jesus’ words to the children of
We are unconditionally and freely “justified.” Roman 3:24 Being justified (diction, rendered innocent) freely (Gk. doreen, without cause, unconditional) by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
We also may note that today, “in Christ,” we stand “already forgiven” and so we are then to forgive others freely. Here Paul writes, telling the Ephesian members of “the body of Christ” how they are to forgive each other. Eph 4:32 be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath (already, past tense) forgiven you. Col. 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave (already, past tense) you, so also do ye.
is it that God has already forgiven us?
God has already forgiven us freely, before we ever forgave anyone. Thus, the contrast is significant when comparing forgiveness under the gospel to the circumcision with that of the gospel to the uncircumcision.
how is it that we can forgive others, and even ourselves?
Reminding us of this truth, Paul encourages us to forgive others in the same way that we have been forgiven – freely. So now we now forgive others freely.
must see that God not only forgave us freely, but He also then freely
gave us His life and His love to be on the inside
of us, by which we can love and forgive others. Thus, He has equipped us
to forgive ourselves, and others freely
– no matter how they may have wronged us.
way of forgiveness is the way of liberation from the effects of the sins of
others who have sinned against us. We can agree with Jesus’ prayer on