The Forgiveness of God
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
III. Scripture well describes the completeness of our forgiveness in Him.
A. All our past sins have been forgotten. (The Lord forgives and forgets!)
B. God has blotted out our transgressions as a thick cloud.
Isaiah 44:21, 22
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.
E. Scripture says our sins are covered up. God does not look upon them any more.
F. We are washed whiter than snow.
G. God has cast all our sins behind His back.
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
B. God demands true repentance (a complete turnaround, the forsaking of our own way).
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;
© 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew