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Forgiveness From God

Philippians 2:8 “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

This passage reveals a very important truth for believers to understand regarding the New Covenant. One of the names Jesus used to refer to Himself was ‘Son of Man.’ Being fully God and fully Man, Jesus was able to do what no one else could ever do – fully satisfy the sin debt for all mankind from Adam to the last human who will ever be born. As the Son of God He possessed an infinite life, sufficient to pay the debt, and as the Son of Man He could die on our behalf, satisfying the debt for all.

When you receive Christ, you receive His ability to pay your sin debt in full, not a second chance to pay the debt yourself.

John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,”

2Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

Jeremiah 31:34 “And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD , “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

The forgiveness of our sin is a great equalizer. The fact that all have sinned put us on level ground before God. No one could claim a better position before Him than anyone else. Jesus pointed out that it was the man who prayed, “be merciful to me a sinner” that went home justified and the Pharisee who boasted to God of his own righteousness did not.

When we are forgiven by God, our forgiveness is complete. So all who are forgiven have been given open access to Him. It is in a relationship of open access that we get to know Him, from the least of us to the greatest.

Philippians 3:8-10 “… I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord… that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him…”

Note: verses are from the NASB

Bruce Barteaux

About the Author

Bruce Barteaux is an Instructor and Biblical Counselor at Scope Ministries. Scope ministers to hurting people and provides training and resources to seeking hearts. This article was shared courtesy of Network 220.