“Sin’s and God’s forgiveness”
The Gospel is the good news- God in Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, rescues his people from their sin and its consequences. To understand what we have been rescued from and what we continue to fight, we first have to understand sin, temptation, and forgiveness. We will never be completely free from sin.
Sin is the rejection of a person, before it is breaking of a rule. Temptation is feeling sin’s allure: To be clear, experiencing temptation is not THE SIN. Jesus was tempted, but never sinned. ( Hebrews 4:15 ) But temptation, if not resisted, will lead us to sin. **But God offers forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
What is sin? Sin is:
The glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The promises of God not believed.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.
The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.
What does God do with forgiven sins?
Sins are as far as the east is from the west; He removes transgressions -Psalm 103:12
Sins shall be white as snow -Isaiah 1:18
He puts sin behind his back -Isaiah 38:17
He remembers the sins no more -Hebrews 8:12
He casts sins into the depths of the sea -Micah 7:18-20
He forgives the guilt of sin -Psalm 32:5
He sets the believer free, there is no condemnation -Romans 8:1-2
He rescues -Colossians 1:13
He returns the person into a new creation, taking the old and bringing the new -2 Corinthians 5:17
He restores -Jeremiah 29:11-14
He covers the sin -Psalm 32:1
He purifies from all unrighteousness -1 John 1:9
( Romans 8:1-3 ) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.
( Acts 13:38 ) Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
Forgiveness is always offered to us when look to God in faith.
2017 by Patricia Miller and Rachel Gorman, God’s Wisdom for Women