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Preach the Gospel : Forgiveness

August 19, 2013

Psalm 32: 1-2 (NIV)

1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.

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So far in this little series we have discussed the ‘Validity of the Word’, and ‘Sin’. Both of these can be very controversial, depending on what circle of individuals you are talking to. But they are very necessary. Without a proper understanding and belief in the Power of God’s Word, you will be building your house on the sand. Without proper recognition, confession and admission of your sin you will be forever separated from the Love of God.

God’s Love is never-ending, it is unfailing as the Bible describes it. His Mercy knows no limits or boundaries. However without forgiveness of Sin, Love and Mercy, cannot flow.

Jesus is called the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29) because He chose to lay down His life as a sacrifice for all of us. In the Old Testament, or anything before Jesus, the blood of animals was used to cover over sin the people had committed. The problem was all it did was cover, it didn’t wash or cleanse the people from sin. Only the blood of Jesus has the power to wash us and cleanse us from ALL sin.

God’s desire is that all are saved (1 Timothy 2:4), His desire is that all repent of their sins and believe in Him. If you believe in the Validity and Power of God’s Holy Word, and you know and accept that you are a sinner; then believe that God offers you forgiveness of your sins. He wants to forgive you right were you are, He wants you to turn from whatever sin you are in right now and willfully change any behaviors that go against the Bible, the one and only Absolute Truth. Some sinful behaviors will take longer than others. But remember that God is faithful and just to deliver us from ALL of our sins.

FORGIVENESS

1 John 1:9-10

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

John 1:29

…Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Hebrews 10:17-18

17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

It’s okay to be a sinner. We all are, but we should seek God so that He can cleanse us from all unrighteousness, so that He will remember our lawless deeds no more. So that we can have an abundant life, filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness,self-control, and long-suffering.

Preach the Gospel : Sin

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  1. THE TRADITION DILEMMA

    Contemporary believers in Jesus Christ are sometimes caught in the bog of man-made tradition, just as were the scribes and the Pharisees.

    Matthew 15:1-9 Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus…9 ‘ But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men’.”

    Jesus said the scribes and Pharisees were transgressing the commandments God for the sake of their own traditions. Do believers do that today?

    SOME TRADITIONS OF MEN

    1.Some men say that Jesus is just one of many ways to salvation.
    The dilemma being that Jesus does not concur with this teaching of men.

    Acts 4:10-12 ….by the name of Jesus Christ…12 And there issalvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

    2. Some say that men are saved by believing in Jesus, alone.
    The problem is Jesus disagrees with this doctrine of men.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved……

    MORE TRADITIONS OF MEN

    1. Men are saved by grace alone
    2. God selected a few men to saved and all others will burn in hell.
    3. Water baptism is not essential for the forgiveness of sins.
    4. Believing in God is a work and it is not essential for salvation.
    5. God forces a preselected few to have faith so that they may be saved.
    6. Repentance is not essential for salvation. (Repentance means to make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God.)
    7. Water baptism is a work of the Law, or a good work, or some work not known and is therefore not essential in order to have sins forgiven.
    8. Men are saved the minute they believe in Jesus.
    9. Once men are saved they can never be lost.
    10. Men can pray to or through the Virgin Mary and other dead saints in order to have their requests granted by God the Father.
    11. God will save all mankind.
    12. Men are saved by faith only.
    13. The Bible is not the only place men can find God’s commands for mankind.
    14. Extra-Biblical sources such as catechisms, creed books, new so-called revelations from God, writings by the early church fathers, Bible commentaries, and other books written by men are infallible sources for God’s truth.
    15. Infants can be baptized before they believe in Jesus.
    16. Men share the first man, Adam’s, sin and are therefore guilty of original sin.
    17. Men teach that priests have the authority to forgive sins.
    18. Men do not believe that only God can forgive the sins that are committed against Him.
    19. Some teach, and believe that Christians can continue in their sinful lifestyle and still enter the kingdom of God.
    20. Some teach that a loving God will not send those who reject Jesus as the Christ, into a lake of fire.

    Mark 7:7-8 ‘But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ 8 NEGLECTING THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, YOU HOLD TO THE TRADITIONS OF MEN.”

    Teaching for doctrine the traditions of men can present a dilemma, a problem, a predicament, a quandary, a difficult situation, a perilous quagmire.

    THERE IS AN ESCAPE FROM THE DOCTRINES OF MEN. IT IS REPENTANCE. True repentance only occurs when pride is replaced, with trusting Jesus for the truth. BELIEVING THAT THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE IS GOD’S WORD.

    ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS FOR MEN TO SAY, IS, I WAS WRONG!

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    • Hey Steve thanks so much for your thoughtful and insightful comment. So much to say and respond too…But Great Job and keep up the amazing work for our King of Kings!

  2. Mike Sands permalink

    Thanks be to God Almighty for being such a loving, forgiving God. For sending His one and only son to die on the cross for our sins. That through faith in Christ as our Saviour we have forgiveness of our sins and the blessed assurance of eternal life. Thank you Jesus.

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