Forgiven to Forgive
Jesus said, "Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against
thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him." Luke 17:3; 18:15
2-6-18, David Zandstra -- Unrepentant sinning against God places us in a debt that is both un-payable and life-threatening. God warned Adam and Eve that disobedience against Him would lead to certain death—physical, spiritual and eternal (Genesis 2:17). But when our first parents incurred that debt, although they were punished by being banned from the garden, God showed mercy and promised to send a deliverer. Death would not have power over them forever; Jesus came to save all repentant sinners. (Genesis 3:15; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
"You, being dead in your sins ... hath the Lord Jesus quickened [made alive] together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us taking it out of the way, nailing it to His cross." Colossians 2:13-15
The release from our debt to God is only available through Jesus Christ. He willingly took on Himself the debt we owe by shedding His precious blood and dying in our place. He raised Himself from the grave and we now because we have confessed our sin and live for the Lord Jesus, we can live without guilt and without the burden of paying that debt. Thank You, Lord.
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Proverbs 31:10, 28; Matthew 13:46
2-12-21, When we look at the truth of God and His requirement for salvation we realize there's only two 'religions.' WORKS or FAITH': Whether it be Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism that all preach doing certain 'works' to achieve forgiveness and eternal life with God; OR FAITH: repentance and trust in the finish work of Jesus living for Him. Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:36.
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
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