By Douglas M. Williams, Sr
“Forgive all my sins” and “cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 25:18; 51:2).
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”…For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neitherwill your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:12, 14-15).
“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do’” (Luke 23:34).
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14).
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
Since sin is real, and separates one from God (Isaiah 59:1-2), everyone should be interested in how to be forgiven of sin. As stated above David often wrote about being forgiven of sin in the book of Psalms, and there are many other references both in the Old and New Testaments.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
The gift of God is the forgiveness of sin that God provided for everyone through the gift of His son to die as a sacrifice on that old rugged cross.
This gift of God must be received according to the conditions given in God’s word. For a gift to be a gift it must have a giver and a receiver. God is the giver and we receive it by obedience to His commands. These commands, or conditions, are faith (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6); repentance (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38); confession of faith (Matthew 10:32-33; Acts 8:37; Romans 10:9-10); baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21); and a faithful Christian life (Revelation 2:10; Matthew 10:22).