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CAN WE BE FORGIVEN?
Chapter 7


Forgive = to give up all resentment against, and/or the desire to punish; stop being angry with; to pardon; to give up all claim to punish; to cancel; to absolve; to pronounce free from guilt or blame; to acquit; to free. FORGIVENESS OF SIN  is a part of justification. In pardoning sin, God absolves the sinner from the condemnation of the law, and that on account of the work of Christ, He removes the guilt of sin, or the sinner's actual liability to eternal wrath on account of it. All sins are forgiven freely (Acts 5:31; Acts 13:38; 1 John 1:6-9). The sinner is by this act of grace forever freed from the guilt and penalty of his sins.

Acts 13:38  Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: [KJV]
Psalm 130:4  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. [KJV]
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. [KJV]
God put Jesus in the place of highest honor, at His right hand as Prince and Saviour. (Acts 5:31) Forgiveness can be found in Christ, and Christ alone!

Eph. 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  [KJV]
Col. 1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  [KJV] . . . The precious Blood of Jesus is the payment made for our redemption. The debt against us is not viewed as simply canceled, but is fully paid. Christ's Blood or Life, which He surrendered for us, is the “ransom” by which the deliverance of  His people from the bondage of sin, and from its penalty, is secured. It is the plain doctrine of Scripture that Christ saves us neither by the mere exercise of power, nor by His doctrine, nor by His example, nor by the moral influence which He exerted, nor by any influence on His people, but as a satisfaction to divine justice, as an expiation for sin, and as a ransom from the curse and authority of the law, thus reconciling us to God by His perfection to exercise mercy toward sinners. We are no longer God’s enemies when we believe God and accept Jesus, His Son as our Saviour.   

Romans 5:8-10  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. [KJV] . . . IF we trust Jesus by faith we are not only forgiven of all our sins, no matter what they may be, but we are no longer God’s enemies. Because of Jesus, we are God’s friend and better still, God’s child.
John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. [KJV] . . . We are ‘born again’ (spiritually) into God’s family because of our faith in Christ Jesus. How wonderful this is!
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. [KJV]
Trusting Jesus gives us great privileges! (1) Forgiveness! (2) No longer God’s enemy, but His friend and His child! (3) We are delivered from eternal punishment (Hell)!
(4) Peace in our hearts . . . John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [KJV] . . . (Jesus’ Words.)
(5) Joy . . . John 16:24 . . . . . .
ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. [KJV]  (Jesus’ Words).
(6) Direct access to God that His children have, but unbelievers do not have. John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. [KJV] . . . A “sinner” here means an unbeliever.
Isaiah 59:2  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. [KJV] . . . The world’s worst sin is unbelief. John 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; [KJV] . . . God will NOT hear prayers of unbelievers! 
(7) Last, but certainly not least, we have the Holy Spirit abiding with us, to help us live a life that is pleasing to God. And He will abide with us “forever”!  
John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. [KJV] . . . The moment we become God’s children by faith in Christ as our Saviour, God gives us as a ‘down payment’ (earnest) the Gift of His Holy Spirit. Receiving God’s Spirit is just the beginning of the great things He has promised; for instance: a home in Heaven with Him, and becoming heirs of God (Ro.8:17; Gal.3:29; 4:7; Tit.3:7; Heb.1:14; Jam.2:5).

2 Cor. 1:22  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. [KJV]
2 Cor. 5:5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. [KJV]
Eph. 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. [KJV]
When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive access to great power. There are those who deny the Holy Spirit of God. May God have mercy on their souls. This verse tells us beyond a doubt that if we do not have God’s Spirit abiding within us, we do NOT belong to God! Romans 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. [KJV] . . . This is a very important verse because of the false doctrine of denying the Spirit; so I will include the other translation as well.  If you do not have the Holy Spirit of God within you . . . you do NOT belong to God.   The Holy Spirit IS God!


1 Cor. 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  [KJV]
1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. [KJV]
We all need human teachers. We need to get into the Word of God and study it. The Holy Spirit is given to us that we may be enabled to understand the Truth. He is our Teacher, above and beyond all human teachers. Before we begin to study, we should go to God in prayer and ask that His Spirit guide us into all Truth; help us to understand what we are studying. If you still don’t understand something, get down on your knees and tell God you don’t get it!  You are missing the point. The Holy Spirit is there to help you! Ask Him to help! The Spirit helps us learn God’s Word and then helps us live righteously.

God Can and Will Forgive You.

When you turn to Christ in faith, God forgives all your past sins. Your slate is wiped clean. What a wonderful feeling that is! The burden of those sins is lifted. 
Matthew 11:29-30  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. [KJV]
James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. [KJV] . . . IF you truly repent of your sins, there should be tears for the wrong things you have done; there should be sorrow and deep grief; there should be sadness instead of laughter and gloom instead of joy . . . IF you truly repent of your sins, God will forgive you! “But,” you say, “you don’t know what I’ve done.” I don’t need to know you’ve done, nor does anyone else. God already knows everything you’ve done (Eze.11:5-B).
Are you sorry for what you have done? Tell God that; and turn to His Son for forgiveness and salvation. Ephes. 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
[KJV] . . . God will save you, and God will forgive you. 

1 Jn. 1:8-10  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.   [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. [KJV] . . . We ALL have sinned (Ro.3:10, 23). Only God is holy and righteous and pure. His glorious light and Word only shows how depraved we really are. We desperately need His Son, Jesus the Christ. There is only one way possible for a Holy God to receive sinners without violating His righteousness and justice, and the answer comes from the Book of Exodus. (Ex.12:13) “When I see the Blood, I will pass over you.”  When God looks down on believers, He does not see our sins; He sees the precious Blood of His Son, and God will NEVER turn His Back on that precious Blood.
Below are some extremely comforting verses to all who have trusted and accepted Christ Jesus as Saviour.

Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. [KJV] . . . I will forgive their iniquity and will remember their sins NO more! Never!
Ps. 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. [KJV]  . . .  Do you realize what this means? Had God said as far as the north is from the south, there would have been a stopping point to God’s forgiveness; for you can go only so long to the north and you will eventually come to the north pole, and must then start south. North and south meet, but east and west NEVER meet! He forgives completely, never to remember those sins, ever again! How wonderful that is!

Hebrews 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. [KJV] 
Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. [KJV]   
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. [KJV]  . . . IF you are God’s child, you will suffer for Christ in some way; but the suffering we will have is minor compared to what Christ suffered for us, plus this life is brief compared to eternity.
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. [KJV]  . . . Heirs of God!
Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. [KJV] 
Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. [KJV]  . . . We’re ‘justified’ (declared not guilty in the courts of Heaven), because of God’s great kindness and mercy (grace), and our faith. It is impossible to please God without faith!
Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  [KJV] . . . Trust Christ Jesus today . . . by faith.

THE UNPARDONABLE SIN.

Matthew 12:31  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  [KJV] . . . Every sin or blasphemy can be forgiven . . . EXCEPT blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which can never be forgiven. 
Blasphemy = speaking evil of God; ridiculing God, His Word, and His children. (Ps. 74:18; Is. 52:5; Ro. 2:24; Rev. 13:1, 6; 16:9, 11, 21; 1 K. 21:10; Acts 13:45;  18:6) Our Lord was accused of blasphemy when he claimed to be the Son of God (Mat. 26:65; 9:3; Mk. 2:7). They who deny His Messiahship blaspheme Jesus (Luke 22:65; John 10:36).

Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost (Mat. 12:31-32; Mk. 3:28-29; Luke 12:10) in the time of Jesus, was giving the devil credit for those miracles which Christ performed (by the power of the Holy Ghost).
I think in today’s time, it is the continued and stubborn rejection of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit is attempting to convict the hearts of all unbelievers (Jn.16:8), but as long as a sinner remains in unbelief, rejecting the urging of the Holy Spirit, he voluntarily excludes himself from God’s forgiveness. A person who has committed this sin has shut himself (or herself) completely off from God . . . so much so that they are not even aware of their sin.
Can a believer commit the unpardonable sin? NO!  Anyone who is afraid that they may have committed this sin, has shown by their fear and concern that they have not committed it.

Anyone who fears and believes God has NOT committed this sin.
If you are reading this, and you have felt a tugging at your heart, it is God’s Holy Spirit trying to lead you to salvation through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Submit to His urging now!

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