What does the Bible say about forgiveness of sins

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).

 

#bible-study, #forgiveness-of-sins

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8-7-2017 Today’s Jews Are Not God’s Chosen People

In Antioch of Pisidia, Paul preached Jesus Christ: “through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39 NKJV). “The law of Moses” was given only to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 5:2-3) and only until Jesus Christ came: “[the Law] was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made” (Galatians 3:19 NKJV). That promised “Seed” is Christ (Galatians 3:16). Concerning Moses’ Law, Jesus “has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). Since Jesus’ death, none of the Jews can claim to be God’s Chosen People. God said, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:35 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#forgiveness-of-sins, #law-of-moses

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2-10-2017 Throne Of Christ

Luke tells of Jesus Christ, until “He was taken up” (Acts 1: 2 NKJV). “So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19 NKJV). On Pentecost, the Apostles preached David was still dead, but had prophesied “that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne” (Acts 2:29-30 NKJV).  Everyone who preaches that Jesus is not yet on David’s throne is denying Jesus’s resurrection! If Jesus is not now on David’s throne, He could not have “delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV). “Millennial-ism” denies the faith!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#davids-throne, #forgiveness-of-sins, #kingdom-of-god

December 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (The Messiah in Prophecy II)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Deuteronomy 18:15-19—A Prophet Like Moses (Bryan Hodge)
  • Genesis 49:10—Until Shiloh Come (Cody Westbrook)
  • Jeremiah 23:5-6—A Righteous Branch (Steven Lloyd)
  • Psalm 40:6-10—I Delight to do Thy Will (Bill Burk)
  • Psalm 22—The Cross (Troy Spradlin)
  • Psalm 16—The Resurrected Christ (Tom Moore)
  • Zechariah 13:1—The Fountain for Sin and Uncleanness (Rob Whitacre)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

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9-14-2015 Jesus Not Moses

The Apostle Paul’s first recorded sermon reminded the Jews that God used their forefathers until Jesus Christ came. Those envious Jews put Jesus to death, but God raised Him from the dead (Acts 13:30 NKJV), no more to return to corruption (Acts 13:34 NKJV). Jesus, thus, was the firstborn to be raised from the dead, never to die again. “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39 NKJV). The Law of Moses provided no forgiveness of sins, like Jesus. God raised Jesus, not Moses, from the dead. The 10 Commandments today cannot save!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#firstborn-from-the-dead, #forgiveness-of-sins, #jesus-christ, #law-of-moses

If repentance is not part of the gospel, how can it stand in its place in Lk 24.47?

Some among us affirm that faith, repentance, and baptism are not a part of the gospel, that only the bare facts of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection are the gospel, as per 1Co 15.1-3. (They do this, apparently, to get rid of baptism as a requirement for salvation. Citing this text is problematic, but we’ll let that pass for now.)

If however their affirmation is indeed the case, how is it that in Lk 24.47 repentance is used to stand for the entire gospel? Continue reading

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