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God's Inexpressable Gift, PART 2 - FORGIVENESS

H. Lee Joyner

2 Corinthians 9:15 (ESV)

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

TODAY WE WILL DISCUSS FORGIVENESS

  • The assumption that I'm making is that we ALL need forgiveness

Quote: Henry Ward Beecher:

√???√??√?¬Ę??I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.

  • The bible doesn't speak about the managing of relationships around the hurt and pain
  • When the Bible talks about forgiveness it speaks of an complete forgiveness

WHY DO WE NEED FORGIVENESS?

  • Our SIN (believers) violates the Fatherhood of God!

John 1:29 (ESV)

..."Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

  • John is saying "we are helpless and our help has come"

TWO THINGS THAT ARE VITAL AND NECESSARY IN UNDERSTANDING THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR GREAT GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!

1. JESUS WAS BORN TO REMOVE OUR SINS

John 1:29

 ..."Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

FIRST OBSERVATION: OUR SIN REQUIRED SACRIFICES (this is the assumption John is making "LAMB")

  • Studying CHRISTOLOGY in His First Advent (Birth to His ascension into Heaven)
    • The ONE WORD that DESCRIBES what was ACCOMPLISHED in that period is LAMB
    • It implies sacrifice
  • John in that ONE STATEMENT was SUMMARIZING the whole SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM of God up until that point
    • In the OT the question was this "where is the Lamb for sacrifice?"
      • The WHOLE OT is playing that out...
        • BECAUSE every LAMB was imperfect...
  • In the Gospel the emphasis is this "BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD!"
    • Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John ALL declaring that JESUS IS THE PERFECT LAMB OF GOD!
    • The redeemed SING "Worthy is the LAMB!"

SECOND OBSERVATION: JESUS WAS THE SACRIFICIAL VICTIM WHO WOULD DIE FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD!

  • THE OT SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM WAS TEMPORARY!
    • All the other SACRIFICES WERE IMPERFECT and only REPRESENTATIVE of what God required
    • GOD's holiness and righteousness could ONLY BE SATISFIED through a PERFECT SACRIFICE
      • The OT sacrificial system was NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
  • What DID GOD DO?
    • God SATISFIED HIMSELF!
      • The OT Sacrificial system was just IOUs
  • Another issue with that system...
    • Since MAN SINNED there needed to be a PERFECT MAN TO SACRIFICE for that sin.
    • The LAMB SYSTEM... didn't come close to meeting the true requirement
    • A PERFECT MAN had to DIE for the sin
  • God Himself MET His OWN STANDARD
    • The ONLY one that could do this was His Son... this is why Jesus is called "The Lamb of God"

Hebrews 9:13, 14

  • JESUS WAS THE PERFECT SACRIFICE!
    • GOD DID NOT CHOOSE the best from one AMONG this WORLD
    • He sent His OWN SON to Die so we might be set free!
    • GOD PROVIDED His own sacrifice

THIRD OBSERVATION: WE CAN DO NOTHING TO CHANGE OUR CONDITION

  • Implicit in that statement is that there are NO OTHER OPTIONS!
  • We need to BE CAREFULE with saying "You need to FORGIVE YOURSELF"
    • It sounds nice but it is truly IMPOSSIBILE!
    • We DON'T HAVE THE POWER to forgive ourselves
      • EVERY SIN we commit is NOT MERELY a sin AGAINST us BUT A HOLY GOD!
      • The one that we ultimately have sinned against is the one who forgives and dispenses forgiveness
  • We DON'T HAVE THE POWER to CORRECT or MAKE RIGHT the WRONG that we've done...

Romans 5:6

  • WEAK - UNGODLY!
  • We do NOT HAVE the RESOURCES to CHANGE the SPIRITUAL PROBLEM that we have.

Colossians 1:21, 22

  • THE SOLUTION to our separation and alienation from God is NOT in our hands!
    • We do not participate in our redemption
      • Our ONLY RESPONDS in TURNING and BELIEVING (and He provides that)
      • HE is the who CLEANSES, DELIVERS, and FORGIVES!
      • We are WEAK!... DEPENDENT people
  • Furthermore OUR NATURE IS CORRUPT
  • What do I mean by CORRUPT?
    • God is not talking about a RELATIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS
    • "Total Depravity" doesn't mean we don't do things right (goodness in us all)
      • Our goodness is NOT GOOD ENOUGH to MEET GOD'S STANDARD
      • GOD'S STANDARD is extraordinarily HIGH

James 2:10

SIN MUST GO

  • SIN must be TAKEN AWAY because there is a FREEDOM TO BE EXPERIENCED!
    • God is NOT ONLY REMOVING our sin, guilt, and shame but HE'S PUTTING:
      • WIND in our BACK
      • AND POWER in our LIVES
      • AND CLEANSING in our HEARTS
      • He wants us to be FREE

Colossians 2:13-15

 

2. Jesus was died to set us free

FIRST OBSERVATION: JESUS CANCELED OUR DEBT!

  • The LAW of God said WE STAND CONDEMNED
  • The PURPOSE of the OT Law - To show us that we could NEVER MEASURE UP.
  • The PURPOSE of the law -  (Distance to Enhance Intimacy)
    • When we UNDERSTAND WE CANNOT DO it is when GOD COMES NEAR
    • God is ALWAYS opposed to the PROUD... SELF RELIANCE!
    • That's the purpose of the law - YOU CAN'T DO IT!
    • ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT the children of Israel just WROTE ANOTHER IOU to God!
      • They couldn't keep the Law and couldn't make the payments!

 

  • JESUS CAME RTO PAY the enormous DEBT!
    • He REMOVE our SINS!

 

Colossians 2:14

  • RECEIVING A NOTICE IN THAT MAIL...
    • Mortgage - PAID IN FULL
    • Car Payment - PAID IN FULL
    • Student Loan - PAID IN FULL
    • ALL Credit Cards - PAID IN FULL
  • When Jesus died on the Cross EVERY SIN you have and will ever commit was - PAID IN FULL!!!
  • When Jesus said from the cross "It is Finish" He was speaking of our debt - PAID IN FULL

 

SECOND OBSERVATION: JESUS ALSO NAILED THE LAW TO THE CROSS ALONG WITH OUR SIN

  • There is this SHAMING ASPECT OF THE LAW, it was GUILT INDUCING√???√??√?¬Ę?√???√??√?¬¶ You DON'T MEASURE UP!
  • When JESUS went to the cross our DEBT WAS PAID and NO ONE else can CONDEMN US!
    • No one can POINT THEIR FINGER AT YOU and say CONDEMNED... WHY!

Romans 8:1

Romans 8:33-38

  • Wherever Jesus is there is NO CONDEMNATION!
    • NO ONE EVER AGAIN can point their finger at you and CONDEMN YOU!
  • GOD MET HIS OWN STANDARD!

Romans 8:3

  • God will NEVER violate his CHARACTER, JUSTICE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, NOR HOLINESS for a need we have
    • That is Not Grace
    • Sin is ALWAYS paid for
    • The Holiness of God REQUIRED that His STANDARD BE MET
  • So WHAT DOES GOD DO!?
    • HE MEETS HIS OWN STANDARD by SENDING HIS OWN SON to die on the cross to MEET HIS...
      • HOLY RIGHTEOUS DEMANDS & THE PAYMENT OF SIN
      • Therefor GOD MAINTAINS His HOLINESS, INTEGRITY and JUSTICE
        • SIN NEVER GETS A PASS
        • GOD NEVER WINKS AT SIN
        • NEVER ACCOMMODATE SIN
        • HE PROVIDES FOR SIN

 

THIRD OBSERVATION: WHAT IS HE DOING FOR US RIGHT NOW?

  • JESUS CHRIST REPRESENTS US TO THE FATHER, ...having secured our salvation
    • Jesus is our PERPETUAL SATISFACTION BEFORE GOD

1 John 2:2 (summarizing John 1:29)

  • JESUS IS OUR ADVOCATE before the Father

1 John 2:1 (... if you do you have an ADVOCATE... RIGHT NOW)

  • A PERFECT ADVOCATE before the Father who says (you can't see Lee's sin because it is under my blood)

 

YOU HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN

  • FULLY
  • FREELY
  • FINALLY
  • FOREVER!

 

BELIEVING THIS IS BELIEVING FAITH!

 

 

 

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