- SCRIPTURE READING:
- Paul in speaking before King Agrippa
Acts 26:1-32, told him what the Lord had said unto
him on the Damascus road in Acts chapter nine. Note:
of Acts 26] = "But arise, and stand
upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this
purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of
these things which thou hast seen, and of those things
in the which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee
from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now
I send thee. To open their eyes, and to turn them from
darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and
inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that
is in me."
- Paul speaking in the synagogue in
Antioch of Pisidia said [Acts
13:38-39] = "Be it known unto you therefore,
men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto
you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe
are justified from all things, from which ye could not
be justified by the law of Moses."
8:12 = "For I will be merciful to their
unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will
I remember no more."
- THE PURPOSE OF THIS DISCUSSION IS
TO CENTER OUR MINDS ON DIVINE FORGIVENESS:
- The nature of it.
- The need of it.
- The cost of it.
- The completeness of it.
- The blessedness of it.
- THE NATURE OF IT:
- The guilt of sin is forgiven by God,
when it is repented of. Acts
8:22 = "Repent therefore of this thy
wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine
heart may be forgiven thee."
- However, the forgiveness of
the sin does not erase the fact that the sin was committed,
or from all of the consequences of the sin:
- If children were the result of
adultery or fornication, they have not disappeared
from the face of the earth, nor are we released from
the obligated responsibility of them.
- If something was stolen [Example:
A TV]. The forgiveness is granted by God but the TV
is not ours to keep.
- It does not blot from the persons
mind the memory of the sin.
- The forgiveness is a release
from the eternal debt of condemnation by God due to the
repentance of the one committing the sin. It is a restoration
of a broken fellowship by a penitent prodigal son.
- The forgiveness is dependent upon
the fact the sin is not committed anymore, or the
continued participation in the results of the sin.
b. Jesus said to the woman taken in adultery, John
8:10-11 = "When Jesus had lifted
up himself, and saw none by the woman, he said unto
her, woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no
man condemned thee? She s aid, no man , Lord. And
Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: go,
and sin nor more."
- THE NEED OF IT:
59:1-2 = "Behold, the Lords hand
is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear
heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have
separated between you and your God, and your sins
have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
3:23 = "For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God."
-  It would then seem impossible
for God to hear anyones prayer, but consider,
9:31 = "Now we know that God heareth
not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God,
and doeth his will, him he heareth."
-  Everyone is not
guilty of the same sin, but we all are
guilty. Let us classify the basic sins:
- a. Sins of the flesh: Lewdness;
drunkenness; Etc. Example: The prodigal
15:13 = "And not many days
after the younger son gathered all together, and
took his journey into a far country, and there
wasted his substance with riotous living."
[He had lived with harlots, Luke
- b. Sins of temperament: Stubbornness,
sullenness, strife, unkindness, envy, unjust criticism,
outbursts of passion, self-righteousness, prudishness,
ETC. Example: The elder son. Luke
15:25 = "Now his elder son
was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh
to the house, he heard music and dancing."
.. "And he was angry"
15:28); and very critical of his brothers
welcome back home (Luke
- c. Social sin: Theft, robbery,
extortion, murder, the sins of the flesh could
also come under this heading as well, ETC. Example:
7:21 = "When I saw among the
spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred
shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty
shekels weight, that I coveted them, and took
them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in
the midst of my tent, and the silver under it."
..Cain, who killed Abel [Genesis
- d. Religious sins: Idolatry,
sacrilege, blasphemy, sorcery, false teaching,
- e. Sins of negligence. James
4:17 = "Therefore to him that
knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it
is sin." Example: The priest
and the Levite on the Jericho road, Luke
10:30-32 = "
certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
and fell among thieves, which stripped him of
his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving
him half dead. And by chance there came down a
certain priest that way: and when he saw him,
he passed by on the other side. And likewise a
Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked
on him, and passed by on the other side."
- f. Sins of misplaced emphasis.
9:59-62 = "And he said unto
another, follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer
me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said
unto him, let the dead bury their dead: but go
thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another
also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me
first go bid them farewell, which are at home
at my house. And Jesus said unto him, no man,
having put his hand to the plough, and looking
back , is fit for the kingdom of God."
- THE COST OF IT.
- The Divine cost: Hebrews
9:22 = "And almost all things are by
the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood
is no remission."
9:13-14 = "For if the blood of bulls
and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the
unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How
much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God.?"
24:46-47 = "And said unto them, thus
it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and
to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance
and remission of sins should be preached in his name among
all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
- The human cost:
- It comes at the price of obedience.
2:38 = "The Peter said unto them,
repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
- It comes at the price of continued
John 1:7 = "But if we walk in the
light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one
with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin."
10:22 = "
But he that endureth
to the end shall be saved."
- It comes at the price of a forgiving
6:14-15 = "For if ye forgive men
their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive
you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither
will your Father forgive your trespasses."
- THE FULNESS AND COMPLETENESS OF
- When man meets the conditions God
has set forth, God will freely cancel the debt of sin
and remember it against us no more. Matthew
18:27 = "Then the Lord of that servant
was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave
him the debt."
3:19 = "Repent ye therefore, and be
converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the
times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the
10:17 = "And their sins and iniquities
will I remember no more."
- When sins are forgiven, God no longer
holds them against us. Example: [Luke
15:20-24] When the prodigal son returned to his father,
the father did not penalize him or rebuke him, or even
remind him of
his sins. Psalms
103:12 = "As far as the east is from
the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from
38:17 = "Behold, for peace I had great
bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered
it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all
my sins behind thy back."
- THE BLESSEDNESS OF IT.
- Forgiveness removes the barrier between
man and God, between man and man. Isaiah
59:2 = "But your iniquities have separated
between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face
from you, that he will not hear."
- It relieves the burden of dread and
fear of rejection. I
John 4:17-18 = "Herein is our love
made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of
judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There
is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made
perfect in love."
- It creates in the soul of the one
forgiven the need of his forgiveness of others. Ephesians
4:31-32 = "Let all bitterness, and
wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put
away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to
another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as
God for Christs sake hath forgiven you."
John 4:11 = "Beloved, if God so loved
us, we ought also to love one another."
- It causes the soul to swell up with
joy unspeakable. Acts
8:39 = "And when they were come up
out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip,
that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his was
4:6-8 = "Even as David also describeth
the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness
without works, saying, blessed are they whose iniquities
are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the
man to whom the Lord will not impute sin."
- MAN WAS AND STILL IS UNABLE TO BRING ABOUT
FORGIVENESS BY HIMSELF ALONE.
- GOD SAW THE NEED AND MET THE NEED TO BRING
ABOUT THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN.
- GOD WILL FORGIVE ALL OUR SINS, IF WE WILL
ONLY COMPLY WITH GODS TERMS OF PARDON AND REPENT OF
- DO YOU WANT DIVINE FORGIVENESS OF YOUR
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