God Forgives You, To Be Forgiven, You Must Forgive

Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus and know that God forgives you! This Bible study will show you why this is true.

Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2022


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

God forgives you—is it hard to believe that the God of creation will forgive you 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 you understand what the conditions are.

Jesus gives one condition; if you forgive others God will forgive you! Yes, God forgives you IF you forgive others. ‘To be forgiven, you must forgive’ is another way of saying it.

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]. Matthew 6:14-15 (AUV)

Some do not believe there is a need for forgiveness since they have not done anything to require it. All people need forgiveness.

All have sinned

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

The psalmist helps us know that we are sinners at birth, why are we considered sinners at birth? We turn to Romans 5:19 for the answer. “Clearly, 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 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (KJV)

♦ Romans 3:23 helps us further understand that all people have sinned. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (KJV)

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we are making God a liar, and his message has no place in us. (OEB)

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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 study, you see it more clearly. John gives another condition.

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

Yes, God forgives you IF you confess your sins.

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.

And said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise from the dead on the third day: 47 And that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:46-47 (RKJNT)

You may notice different words for forgiveness 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) through 2012 (The Voice), and the results:

remission was used 47 times ♦ forgiveness was used 34 times ♦ forgiven was used 14 times ♦ release was used 3 times ♦ forgive was used once ♦ pardon was used once
NOTE: The Amplified (AMP) used forgiveness and release; eXeGeses Ready Research Bible (ERRB) used remission and forgiveness.

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Isaiah 43:25 (KJV)

The Perfect Sacrifice

Why did Jesus have to die?

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 (blood) sacrifices for sins.

And, according to the law of Moses, almost everything is [ceremonially] cleansed by blood, for there is no forgiveness [of sins] apart from the shedding of blood. Hebrews 9:22 (AUV)

There was a problem with this approach. In short, the problem was the high priests also had sinned. The solution: Jesus, the permanent high priest had NO sin, offered one sacrifice (himself) for all sin.

“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 [Jesus] did once for all, when he offered up himself.” Hebrews 7:27 (RKJNT)

Jesus paid for you

In [fellowship with] Christ we have redemption [i.e., we have been bought back from Satan] through His blood, and have forgiveness of sins according to the abundance of God’s unearned favor [grace], Ephesians 1:7 (AUV)

Under the law [of Moses] almost all things are cleansed with blood; and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [Hebrews 9:22]. Jesus paid the price and saved you from the penalty for sin. Now you must believe that God forgives you, the blood of Jesus made it possible.

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. Matthew 26:26-28 (BBE)

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But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.
God forgives you – 1 John 1:9 (CEV)

When is the forgiveness for sin applied? According to Peter, God forgives you when you repent and are water baptized in the name of Jesus!

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. Acts 2:38 (WEB)

Do not get confused when you read what Peter says later regarding faith [Acts 10:43]. He reinforces the need for water baptism in verse 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. Acts 10:43 & 48 (BBE)

Through water baptism

You must have faith that God forgives you when you repent and are baptized in water. Paul also confirms this in his letter to the faithful in Colossae.

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!

Sins pardoned

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! Colossians 2:11-15 (OEB)

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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)

Sins washed away

Paul (Saul) speaks of Ananias telling him to be (water) baptized. Adam Clarke’s Commentary: Let this washing of thy body represent to thee the washing away of thy sins: and know that this washing away of sin can be received only by invoking the name of the Lord. Ellicott’s Commentary: “Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins.” These words show that for the Apostle that baptism was no formal or ceremonial act, but was joined with repentance, and, faith being presupposed, brought with it the assurance of a real forgiveness.

And now why do you delay? arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name. Acts 22:16 (RKJNT)

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“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven;”
God forgives you – from Acts 2:38 (NRSV)

To be forgiven you must forgive

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)

God forgives you

Hebrews 2:17-18 Because of this it was necessary for him [Jesus] 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)

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 (ERV)

Hopefully, you have a better understanding of why God forgives you, now forgive others and yourself! Blessings to you and your loved ones— Tim.

Scriptures to read and study:

Matthew 6:5-15 [(14-15); compare Mark 11:25-26 and Luke 6:37-42 (37)]. Psalms 51:5-6 (5); Romans 5:12-21 (19); 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (22). Romans 3:21-26 (23); Genesis 2:8-3:24; 1 John 1:5-10 (9-10).

Acts 2:14-47 (38); Luke 24:44-47 (46-47). Hebrews 7:20-28 (27); Ephesians 1:3-14 (7, 13-14). Colossians 1:9-18 (13-14); Hebrews 9:16-28 (22 and 28). 1 John 4:7-11 (9); Acts 10:34-48 (43 and 48); Colossians 2:8-23 (11-15); Acts 22:1-21 [(16); reference Acts 9:10-19].

Hebrews 10:26-39 (35-39); Isaiah 43:22-28 (25); Hebrews 2:11-18 (17-18).

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(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. || Quotations designated (NET) are from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. http://netbible.com All rights reserved.


5 thoughts on “God Forgives You, To Be Forgiven, You Must Forgive

  1. Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2022; comments are working again!

  2. God Forgives You
    Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    #Repent and be #baptized in the name of #Jesus and God will #forgive your #sins.

    Message in the picture:
    “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus”

    Scripture for the day:
    Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, “Every one of you must repent [i.e., change your hearts and lives] and

    be immersed [baptized] in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven [by God] and then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    [An Understandable Version (AUV)]

    Please share this with your family and friends!

  3. Good Passages…(?)TY.Bishop

  4. Thank you beautiful lady, I appreciate your support!

  5. Thank you, this was truly a Blessing and I will share this Good word!

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