Forgiveness Won’t Have Been Enough
Romans 3:24 – Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins
Romans 8:4 – He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit
Romans 2:29 – No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people
If you were to ask an average Christian to tell you one fact they know about God there’s a 90% chance they’ll say that God forgives sin. This is very true, God does forgive sin, but we need to understand that what Jesus did on the cross was far beyond just giving God leverage to forgive sin, in fact God had been forgiving sin before Jesus came and died.
“Forgive my sin, just this once, and plead with the lord your God to take away this death from me.”
So Moses left Pharaoh’s court and pleaded with the lord.
The lord responded by shifting the wind, and the strong west wind blew the locusts into the Red Sea. Not a single locust remained in all the land of Egypt
So there has always been forgiveness as a part of God’s nature. In the old testament, you’ll see God forgive people several times. So if forgiveness was all that God required for man to have a beautiful relationship with Him, then we should have had that centuries ago, but what God had planned for us in Christ is far greater. Many people use forgiveness as a means to appeal to peoples consciences and make them focus on God and live right, its a little funny because even people who are not Christians have a conscience and feel bad when they do wrong and sometimes decide not to do wrong again, but it still doesn’t make them Christians or convince them to become one.
What Jesus did is so amazing, the forgiveness we receive now through Christ is quite different. Jesus paid the price for us to be forgiven, so we are not being forgiven because we cried or begged but simply because we received the forgiveness that was made available through Jesus. Do you get the picture? Jesus died about 2,000 years ago, and because of that we can now be forgiven, not because we did anything but because Jesus died, the forgiveness you receive through Him is based completely on what He did, so today, your actions or in actions don’t make you forgiven, but what Jesus did does.
Beyond forgiveness, Christ made something available that we could never get by trying to “beg for forgiveness”. He gave us completely new natures, or let me put it this way, He gave us New Spirits. This is beyond forgiveness, it means that not only do we have our sin record cleared, we also have the ability to live like God on the earth and even after the earth. It’s what we call redemption. We are set free from the old nature which was almost like a prison we were thrown into without a choice.
Galatians 6:15 – It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation
Colossians 2:11 – When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature
In Galatians it’s called a “new creation”, and in Colossians it’s called “the cutting away of the old nature”, well it all means the same thing. That’s the power in redemption. You need to learn to see Jesus’s work on the cross and fully appreciate it. It’s not just forgiveness of sin, but it’s a complete redemption.
I see Christ’s beautiful work on the cross, and I love it. Teach me to appreciate it more, amen.
Author – Gem