The Forgiveness of God

"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness,
and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more."
Hebrews 8:12

The  father runs to meet the prodigal. (Luke 15)

© 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew

I.   God is faithful to forgive our sins.

          1 John 1:9

II.   Through Jesus Christ, and because of the debt He paid (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19; Colossians 1:21, 22), we can draw near to God with freedom and boldness.

          Hebrews 4:15, 16; 10:19, 22
          1 John 3:21

III.   Scripture well describes the completeness of our forgiveness in Him.

          Psalms 85:2
          Isaiah 55:7 (" ... He will abundantly pardon!")

A.   All our past sins have been forgotten. (The Lord forgives and forgets!)

          Isaiah 43:25
          Jeremiah 31:34
          Hebrews 8:12; 10:17

B.   God has blotted out our transgressions as a thick cloud.

          Isaiah 44:21, 22
          Colossians 2:13, 14

C.   He has cast them into the depths of the sea.

          Micah 7:18, 19

D.   Our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west.

          Psalms 103:11-14

E.   Scripture says our sins are covered up. God does not look upon them any more.

          Psalms 32:1

F.   We are washed whiter than snow.

          Psalms 51:7
          Isaiah 1:18

G.   God has cast all our sins behind His back.

          Isaiah 38:17

IV.   God requires more than confession with the mouth. It is the heart of man with which He is really concerned.

A.  The continual forgiveness of our sins in a day by day walk with God is conditional upon our forgiveness of others.

          Matthew 6:9-15; 18:23-35
          Mark 11:22-26

B. God demands true repentance (a complete turnaround, the forsaking of our own way).

          Isaiah 55:7
          John 8:11

C. Sorrow for sin is necessary (Psalms 38:18), but it is not in itself sufficient (Mark 10:17-22; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Hebrews 12:17).

D. We must expose and confess our sin. Nothing can remain hidden from God.

          Psalms 32:2-5; 38:17-18; 66:18; 69:5
          Jeremiah 16:17
          Ezekiel 8:12; 9:9

© 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew