God Forgives You, To Be Forgiven, You Must Forgive

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God Forgives You
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If you want to be forgiven you must forgive – Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25-26; Luke 6:37

Please enjoy this two-part mini-series: God Forgives You

God forgives you—is it hard to believe that the God of creation will forgive people for doing things that do not please Him? There are conditions that you must understand and obey to receive forgiveness. This study will give Scriptures to help us understand what the conditions are.

Forgive others and God will forgive you

Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive the wrongs people have done [to you], your heavenly Father will also forgive the wrongs you have done [to Him]. 15 But if you do not forgive the wrongs people have done [to you], neither will your Father forgive the wrongs you have done [to Him]. (AUV)

Some do not believe there is a need for forgiveness since they have not done anything to require it. If you do not believe you need forgiveness, but you do accept the Bible as the word of God and you do believe in God, then read the following:

Psalm 51:5 Look, I was guilty of sin from birth, a sinner the moment my mother conceived me. (NET)

The psalmist helps us know that we are sinners at birth, why are we considered sinners at birth? We turn to Romans 5:19Clearly, through one person’s disobedience humanity became sinful, and through one person’s obedience humanity will receive God’s approval.” (GW) The one disobedient person is Adam and the obedient person is Jesus. ♦ 1 Corinthians 15:22For just as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (GW) ♦ Romans 3:23 helps us further understand that all people have sinned. “since all have sinned and come short of earning God’s praise.” (CJB)

Scriptures to read and study: Genesis 2:8-3:24; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Romans 3:21-26; 1 John 1:5-10; Romans 5:12-21

1 John 1:10 If we say, “We have never sinned,” we turn God into a liar and his Word is not in us. (GW)

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God Forgives You
Part One
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God Forgives You, forgive others, receive God’s mercy

Is it hard to believe and understand that God forgives you? Hopefully, by the end of this post, you see it more clearly.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (RKJNT)

Forgiveness defined

Forgiveness is the act of excusing, overlooking or clearing, pardoning, and releasing another from their crimes, flaws, and errors. As a religious word, forgiveness refers to God’s mercy towards the badness and evil of people. He is willing to forgive the sinful things that people do.

Acts 2:38 Then 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. (KJV)

You may notice different words used in your Bible. For an example look at the word remission in Acts 2:38; I reviewed 98 translations/revisions dating from 400 (Latin Vulgate)-2012 (The Voice), the results:

remission used 47 times ♦ forgiveness used 34 times ♦ forgiven used 14 times ♦ release used 3 times ♦ forgive used once ♦ pardon used once

NOTE: The Amplified (AMP) used forgiveness and release; eXeGeses Ready Research Bible (ERRB) used remission and forgiveness

God’s Perfect Sacrifice

When was the last sacrifice for sin completed?

Have you searched the Bible for answers to this question and found many scriptures that speak of God forgiving the sins of humankind? Hopefully, you understand the question. Without going too deep, if we read the Old Testament the high priests performed sacrifices for sins. The problem: the high priests also had sins…

“Who has no need, as do those high priests, to offer up daily sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people: for this he did once for all, when he offered up himself.” Hebrews 7:27 (RKJNT)

The solution: Jesus, the permanent high priest had NO sin, offered one sacrifice for all sin.

Ephesians 1:7, 13 & 14 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 13 In him you also, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: having also believed, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the praise of his glory. (RKJNT) [read Acts 20:25-31; Ephesians 1:3-14]

Colossians 1:13-14 13 Who has made us free from the power of evil and given us a place in the kingdom of the Son of his love; 14 In whom we have our salvation, the forgiveness of sins: (BBE) [read Colossians 1:9-18]

Matthew 26:26-30 And when they were taking food, Jesus took bread and, after blessing it, he gave the broken bread to the disciples and said, Take it; this is my body. 27 And he took a cup and, having given praise, he gave it to them, saying, 28 Take of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the testament, which is given for men for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I say to you that from now I will not take of this fruit of the vine, till that day when I take it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. 30 And after a song of praise to God, they went out to the Mountain of Olives. (BBE)

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God Forgives You
Part Two
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God has shown His love to us by sending His only Son into the world. God did this so we might have life through Christ.
1 John 4:9 (NLV)

True love comes from God, who proved His love for people by giving His son to give us life. Jesus paid for our sins with His blood. We are to live like Jesus and love each other allowing the Spirit to help us live right. [Read 1 John 4:7-16]

When is the forgiveness for sin applied?

Is there something we need to do to receive God’s forgiveness? Let’s see if we can answer this with a few scriptures.

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (WEB) [read Acts 2:36-47]

Acts 10:43 & 48 To him all the prophets give witness, that through his name everyone who has faith in him will have forgiveness of sins. 48 And he gave orders for them to have baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they kept him with them for some days. (BBE) [read Acts 10:34-48]

Colossians 2:11-15 By your union with him you received a circumcision that was not performed by human hands, when you threw off the tyranny of the earthly body, and received the circumcision of the Christ. 12 For in baptism you were buried with Christ; and in baptism you were also raised to life with him, through your faith in the omnipotence of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And to you, who once were ‘dead,’ by reason of your sins and your uncircumcised nature — to you God gave life in giving life to Christ! He pardoned all our sins! 14 He canceled the bond which stood against us — the bond that consisted of ordinances — and which was directly hostile to us! He has taken it out of our way by nailing it to the cross! 15 He rid himself of all the powers of evil, and held them up to open contempt, when he celebrated his triumph over them on the cross! (OEB)

Examples of believers being water baptized:
  • Acts 8:4-16 (verse 12; Phillip preached Samaritans believed and were baptized. verse 13; Simon Magus the ‘former’ sorcerer believed and was baptized)
  • Acts 8:26-40 (36-38; Phillip preached to and baptized the Ethiopian eunuch)
  • Acts 9:10-19 (18; Saul AKA Paul {Acts 13:9} was baptized by Ananias)
  • Acts 16:11-15 (15; baptized Lydia and her household)
  • Acts 16:25-34 (30-33; baptized the Philippian jailer and his household)
  • Acts 18:1-17 (8; Crispus, his household and many of the Corinthians believed and were baptized)
  • Acts 18:24-19:10 (19:1-5; Paul challenges believers {disciples} who realized they needed to be baptized in the name of Jesus)
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And now why do you delay? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.
Acts 22:16 (RKJNT)

Acts 3:18-21 But those things which God foretold by the mouths of all his prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he has fulfilled. 19 Therefore repent, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And that he may send the Christ, who was appointed for you, even Jesus: 21 Whom heaven must receive until the time of the restoration of all things which God has spoken about by the mouths of all his holy prophets since the most ancient times. (RKJNT)

When God forgives you, does it last forever or just for a short time?

Hebrews 10:8-18 Previously saying, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you didn’t desire, neither had pleasure in them” Psalms 40:6

(those which are offered according to the law), 9 then he has said,

Behold, I have come to do your will.Psalms 40:8

He takes away the first, that he may establish the second, 10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 Every priest indeed stands day by day serving and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins, 12 but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 from that time waiting until his enemies are made the footstool of his feet. 14 For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them: ‘After those days,’ says the Lord, ‘I will put my laws on their heart, I will also write them on their mind;’” Jeremiah 31:33

then he says,

17 “I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more.” Jeremiah 31:34

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (WEB) [read Hebrews 10:1-18]

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Scriptures to read and study:

Matthew 6:5-15 (key verses: 14-15; compare Mark 11:25-26 and Luke 6:37-42 {key verse: 37}); Psalms 51:1-2; Psalms 51:7-9; Isaiah 43:22-28; Isaiah 44:6-23; Acts 2:14-38; Colossians 2:8-23; Acts 8:4-25; Acts 17:15-33; Acts 25:13-26:32

God Forgives You
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If we say openly that we have done wrong, he is upright and true to his word, giving us forgiveness of sins and making us clean from all evil.
1 John 1:9 (BBE)

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and will not remember your sins. (KJ2000)

Jesus made forgiveness possible; God forgives you

Hebrews 2:17-18 Because of this it was necessary for him to be made like his brothers in every way, so that he might be a high priest full of mercy and keeping faith in everything to do with God, making offerings for the sins of the people. 18 For having been put to the test himself, he is able to give help to others when they are tested. (BBE) [read Hebrews 2:11-18]

What a wonderful and loving God willing to become like His created human beings to save us. ‘So don’t lose the courage that you had in the past. Your courage will be rewarded richly. You must be patient. After you have done what God wants, you will get what he promised you. He says, “Very soon now, the one who is coming will come and will not be late. The person who is right with me will live by trusting in me. But I will not be pleased with the one who turns back in fear.” But we are not those who turn back and are lost. No, we are the people who have faith and are saved’. Hebrews 10:35-39 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Do not block your forgiveness

Luke 6:37 “Stop judging, and you will never be judged. Stop condemning, and you will never be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (ISV)

Hopefully, you have a better understanding of why God forgives you, now forgive others and yourself—be blessed— Tim.

Related articles / Bible studies:

Transferring sin: Jesus on the Cross interpreted from an Evangelical viewpoint‘ religioustolerance.org | Lovingly Forgive Each Other | God Forgives II

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(CJB) Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net. || (ERV) Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation Center, Inc. and used by permission. || (GW) Scripture is taken from GOD’S WORD®, © 1995 God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group. || (ISV) Scripture taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version®. Copyright © 1996-forever by The ISV Foundation. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY. Used by permission. || (KJ2000) The King James 2000 Bible, copyright © Doctor of Theology Robert A. Couric 2000, 2003 Used by permision. All rights reserved. || Quotations designated (NET) are from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. http://netbible.com All rights reserved. || (NLV) It is our understanding that the New Life Version is in the public domain via New Life Version – studylight.org

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