BC&D-32 130807WE BCF Lesson 12 “boxed notes” Page 194 The practice of Christ-like love is the distinctive characteristic of a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. As part of loving others biblically, faithful and consistent forgiveness of them indicates your thankfulness and understanding of God’s forgiveness which is available to you through the death […]
ZNA-237 930321AM FORGIVEN AND FORGIVING MATT. 6:12 PART TWO Last week Christ taught us in His prayer to pray “give us our daily bread”, that was to be a constant reminder that we are creatures needing humility and dependence. Today Jesus Christ tells us that if you are forgiven then you must be forgiving! He’s […]
060716AM DSS-25 PSALM 32 Forgiveness. Nothing matters more to any who have sinned—and God says all have sinned. One moment before your last breath, one thing will matter more than anything else— whether you are dying forgiven or unforgiven. That state (of being forgiven or unforgiven) transforms those days that lead up to that one […]
060701PM DSS-24 PSALM 32 The Miracle of Complete Forgiveness is wonderful, but how did God do such a thing? This evening we will start a look at our salvation and how God accomplished the once and for all sacrifice of Christ for our sins. But we will do it in a way that is very […]
060701AM DSS-23 PSALM 32 Have you ever wondered secretly in the back of your mind if you could be completely forgiven of all your sins? I mean the really bad ones that most or nearly all people don’t know about? COMPLETELY FORGIVEN What makes complete forgiveness seem even more impossible is if you are someone […]
Do you all remember Ephesians 2:8-9? Say it with me (NKJV):
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
We are Saved By God’s Grace
Salvation is the most amazing work of God in the Universe. Stars are great, galaxies are amazing, atoms are intricately constructed, and DNA is a wonder of Divine engineering; but salvation is so incomprehensible that, even the angels are in wonder and desire to fully understand what God offers to us.
We have gathered to celebrate the greatest possession we have as fallen and sinful humans. The God of the Universe so loved us that He sent His Son to set us free, wash us and remove the eternally destructive sins we were born with by nature and have practiced by choice. John writes about this incredible gift in the opening verses of Revelation:
Revelation 1:5 (NKJV) “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed [freed, loosed] us from our sins in His own blood”
We are loved, loosed from our sins, and washed. That is the Gospel truth, but sometimes we don’t act like we are. As we open to Psalm 32:1-2, think with me:
In the back of your mind, have you ever wondered whether it’s even possible to be completely forgiven and cleansed of all your sins? What about truly bad ones that have been hidden from nearly everyone who knows you?
As we open to Psalm 32, we are listening to David’s testimony in song that came to his heart when David received complete forgiveness.
David experienced what the Scriptures often declare—God is a God who offers His children complete forgiveness. Trace with me again those life giving words in your hearts as I read them to you. You may even want to just close your eyes so that nothing distracts you from hearing these ten verses:
“… as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us”. (Psalm 103:12)