Forgiveness

   Forgiveness is one of the most widely misunderstood doctrines of Scripture.  Divine forgiveness is one of the costliest undertakings, demanding complete satisfaction.  What is Forgiveness?  Several Hebrew and Greek words are used to describe forgiveness.

Old Testament: The Hebrew word Kaparis is one of the words used, which means atonement, forgiveness of sin; and reconciliation with God.  In the Old Testament, animal blood was use for the atonement and a covering for sin, until the appointed time when Jesus would come as a permanent sacrifice for sin.

New Testament Aphiemi: A Greek word translated to forgiveness, means to dismiss, release, or abandoned. The Greek word Charizomai translated forgiveness means to be gracious or give freely.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (See John 3:16).

Forgiveness and Restoration:

   Forgiveness: may be considered God means of restoring a relationship and fellowship that was disturbed and broken by sin; and a release from the guilt and punishment for sin, which is eternity in “HELL “the lake of fire. It is difficult for us to understand God’s feeling towards sin, to us forgiveness seems easy, mostly because we are indifferent towards sin. But to a Holy God it is different. In justification, then, all our sins are forgiven, and the guilt and punishment are removed (See Acts 13:38-39).  The forgiven sinner is not like the prisoner who served his or her sentence and is discharged from further punishment, without full citizenship Rights. No, justification means more than acquittal; it means receiving a pardon with full citizenship rights and privileges in God’s Kingdom.

    Believer Who Sins: The great foundational truth regarding a sinning Christian is he or she is subject to chastisement form the Father, but never condemnation with the world (See 1 Corinthians 11:31-32).  The Bible said, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (See Romans 8:1).  

Let me give you an illustration of the love of God our Father: A young woman was picked up for speeding. She was ticked and taken before the judge. The Judge read of the citation and asked the question, Guilty or not guilty? The young woman replied guilty your honor. The judge brought down the gavel and fined her $100.00 or ten days in jail. Then an amazing thing took place the judge stood up, took off his robe, walked down around front, took out his wallet and paid the fine.............

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