A good understanding of forgiveness is crucial to living a victorious life in Christ. Every child of God has the life of God. He has the ability to express this life. He has the ability to reign in life. However, many children of God are unable to express the life of God in them due to sin consciousness. Many feel as if they are in debt to God and so walk as slaves. This is not supposed to be so. This is because we have forgiveness in Christ according to the riches of his grace. In this series, we explore what forgiveness is.
OUR UNDERSTANDING OF FORGIVENESS
To most of us, forgiveness means to receive a pardon for our sins without any assurance that they have been forgotten or completely wiped away. So when someone tells us that we are forgiven, we assume that we are pardoned for just a short while with no certainty that the wrong deed has been forgotten.
We tend to apply this way of thinking to our relationship with God. We think that when God says he has forgiven us, it means he has pardoned our sins for a while and would soon remind us of our unworthiness. However, that’s not so!
WHAT IS FORGIVENESS?
The Greek word for forgiveness is “Aphesis,” which means “A letting go as though the deed never happened.” It means a complete removal or wiping away of the offense. It is the same word for “Remission or blotting out.” So when the Bible talks about forgiveness, it means a blotting out or a complete removal of sin as though it never existed.
When you received Jesus as Lord and savior, you received the forgiveness of sins or the remission of sins. That means that all your sins were wiped away never to be remembered. All your sins, not some of them, were blotted away.
Colossians 2:13 says
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;…
TO BE CONTINUED…
BY: SANDY AMPONSAH