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Monday, June 15th,2020;
GREATER THAN FORGIVENESS
(The Difference Between Forgiveness And Remission)
TO THE BIBLE
Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”
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Gerald once said to his friend after a protracted period of not speaking to him, “I’ve forgiven you but I haven’t forgotten what you did!” And that’s about as far as many understand the word “forgiveness.” But that’s not the kind of forgiveness referred to in God’s Word. In many places where the word “forgiveness” shows up in the Bible, it should be translated “remission,” which means liberty, release, separation. Remission means letting the offence or offences go as though they never existed. The error is treated as though it never happened; totally separated from you, and separated from your history. Think about that for a moment!
Someone might wonder, “How can that be?” But that’s exactly what we read in our opening verse: God did it according to the riches of His grace. That means God has the capacity to completely separate someone from his sins as though he never committed them, by virtue of the blood of Jesus Christ! That shows that remission is much greater than forgiveness.
Forgiveness means to pardon. It means you’re released from punishment, even though the record remains that you were an offender. One of the teachings I heard, as a young Christian, was that the sinner gets remission, while the Christian gets forgiveness. That is, when you’re born again, your sins are remitted, but afterwards, if you do anything wrong, you receive forgiveness. But think about it: if the sinner gets remission and his sins are completely wiped out, never to be remembered, why is the Christian having his own sins on record?
The Christian shouldn’t be getting something lesser than what the sinner got. What we have in Christ is remission of sins. What then happens when you do something wrong? You’re automatically cleansed by the Blood of Jesus: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7 NIV). Hallelujah!
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Romans 4:6-8; Hebrews 8:10-12; Hebrews 10:16-18
Thank you blessed Father, for your loving-kindness. Today and always, I function with this knowledge and refuse to be held bound by the accusations of the enemy, as I walk daily in your grace and in your righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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Daily Bible Reading
Acts 5:12-42, 2 Chronicles 23-25
Luke 1:57-66, Deuteronomy 13
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