By Stewart Topping …
How do we get from being a sinner to being forgiven?
We are told to believe in the Death, Burial and resurrection of Jesus our Lord. (see 1 Cor. 15:1-4). A very simple measure by the Apostle Paul. He said that the gospel where in you might be saved is the death, burial and ressurection of Jesus.
It might seem complicated, but please follow me; God has planned this out from the beginning and we need to understand his plan of redemption and forgiveness.
Now we know there is a sin debt because of what Adam has done, we know that Jesus paid the debt by giving his life on the cross. The only thing we must do is to believe; to receive salvation and to have the debt paid. Let me site an example; it’s like going to court and having someone else pay the fine (debt) for our judgment (transgression).
Now look at the events from the time that Adams sinned by disobeying God, to today where we find ourselves, now because of that disobedience we received the sin nature from Adam. This nature caused by what Adam did has a debt. Someone has to pay the debt for the disobedience of Adam. Now when we study the Bible and see what Jesus has done by his death, burial and resurrection? We find that Jesus has cleaned us and cleaned the slate with his death. That means that we can start over.
Romans 3:21-22 (KJV) 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Somehow he clothes us with his salvation. Covers us with the robe of righteousness, we haven’t done anything to deserve it. But I will believe God and when He said it; it is done. Notice the next verse proves that point; our righteousness of God is by faith in Jesus Christ and upon all that believe. We can receive the righteousness (being in right standing with God; debt paid) of God if we believe. God has imputed his righteousness to us and on us when we believe. That means we are in right standing with God after the shed blood of Jesus.
Isaiah 61:10 (KJV) 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,as a bridegroom Decker himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorned herself with her jewels.
Isaiah says that there is a covering of Salvation and righteousness. So then when God sees us he sees the covering on us. His righteousness has covered our sins.
Romans 3:23-24 (KJV) 23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Now this verse says that we are justified freely by Gods grace through redemption; we have been redeemed (or bought back, someone paid the debt) by God and He see’s us free of what Adam had done and since Jesus has paid the debt.
When we are justified; it means that we are clean and it is just as if we had not sinned at all.
Now the following verse will prove that we have forgiveness; it’s the redemption (bought back) through the shed blood of Jesus
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV) 7 in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
From the beginning, the book of Genesis, God had a plan that we would be redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, not with silver and gold.
Remember that forgiveness is part of and included in redemption. It is a one time event in your life. If you are redeemed then you are forgiven. Forgiveness is not required after every failed event in ones life. If you have been redeemed then the price has been paid. It doesn’t have to be paid again. When Paul said give thanks always, I think he is reminding us that when we have a moral failure we are to give thanks for what has been done for us, we do not have to be redeemed again.
1 Peter 1:18-20 (KJV) 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Sometimes it is hard to understand why God does certain things; ever His ways are different than ours. But all we have to do is believe, trust his word. Now faith comes from believe God at His word. We were not there the day Jesus went to the cross but we must believe it took place and believe we are saved through faith.
Hebrews 11:1-3 (KJV) 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Just Believe and you will notice the change!