God forgives premeditated sins
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The forgiveness of sins
1 What does the Lord do with intentional but repented sins?
2. What does the Lord do with sins that have consequences?
1. It may be that we are unsuspectingly at work in business or doing household chores, and someone comes along and teases us until we get a bad word out. Perhaps there is also the fact that the "pain in the ass" is a brother or sister in the Lord. And as good Christians, we immediately remember the passage in Matthew's Gospel: 5.22 But I say to you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment; but whoever says to his brother: Raka! will have succumbed to the high council; but whoever says: you fool! will be addicted to the hell of fire. Or we think of the scripture that says you should love your neighbor as yourself.
Maybe we were in a completely different situation. We deliberately used a white lie and we have to confess that our yes was a no or our no was a yes.
Now we stand there knowing that we have sinned against the Lord. We were definitely all in a similar situation. Let's not kid ourselves. Even the good King David willingly took his neighbor's wife and killed her husband in the process.
Perhaps now Satan will come and say: You have now intentionally sinned, there is no forgiveness for that!
We felt bad enough before, towards the Lord, because of our deliberately committed sins, but after such whispers it may have happened to us. We may now no longer feel worthy to work in the kingdom of God, much less to stand before the Lord. Our growth in the Lord has stalled and our progress has stopped. There is no longer any talk of a life of victory.
The question now is: do we have to persist in this wretched state even though we are ready to repent?
The answer is clear and simple: No! Christ suffered and paid for these sins too! This is already mentioned several times in the Old Testament, e.g. B .:
And the Lord said to Moses:
21 If a man sins and commits unfaithfulness to the LORD, by denying a good entrusted to his neighbor, or a loan, or something stolen, or he has extorted something from his neighbor,
22 or he has found something lost and denies it, and swears falsely, or any of anything a person may do, to sin in it:
23 Then it shall come to pass, if he has sinned and become guilty, that he should restore what he has stolen, or what he has blackmailed, or what has been entrusted to him, or what he has lost has found,
25 And he shall bring his guilt-offering to the LORD: a ram without fault of the flock, according to your estimation, as a guilt-offering to the priest.
26 And the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD, and he shall be forgiven for whatever he has done in it. (rev. Elberfeld Bible)
How is this Old Testament passage to be understood? Jesus says: For if you Moses believed you would believe me because he wrote about me (Joh 5,46 Elberfeld Bible). The spotless substitutes who must die in place of the sinner are symbols of Christ (Hebrews 10: 1). Christ died in our place too. A lamb without blemishes or blemishes.
We see now: The LORD has taken precautions, so we don't have to despair, there was already a sacrifice for such sins in the OT. So in such a situation there is a way out: run to the LORD immediately, confess your sins, even if they were willful, and he will forgive us!
Now the way is clear again to be able to proceed unhindered. The community is restored. Praise the Lord!
Please note: There is no sacrifice and therefore no forgiveness for willful, unrepentant sins. God is not an all-reconciler! See also Heb. 10, 26-31.
Sins with consequences
2. Through his death on the cross of Golgotha, Jesus Christ gave people who believe in him (Ro 10: 9 and others) a way out of their hopeless situation that has arisen between God and man. Through his death on the cross he fulfilled God's legal requirement of man. That is why Jesus Christ can each Offering people peace with God. All Christians therefore know the beautiful and liberating verse in the Bible in which Jesus says: Come to me, all you laborious and burdened, and I will give you rest (Mt 11:28 Elberfeld Bible). Christ forgives every penitent sinner his transgressions. That is why God also had the verse written down in John by also finding extremely liberating words: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all injustice (1 John 1,9).
The LORD, JESUS CHRIST, cleanses us from all injustice. He doesn't just cover up our sins, no, He has the power to make sins disappear completely and forever. In the Old Testament animals were sacrificed for sins, but their blood could not make the transgressions go away; their blood could only cover up the sins. But in those victims (Animal sacrifice in OT) is a reminder of sins every year; for it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (Heb 10: 3,4). Therefore the LORD gave himself up for our sake, and with it he created a perfect way out for man, as the apostle Paul also preaches in Acts 13: 38 So be it known to you, brethren, that through this man the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you; 39 and of everything by which you could not be justified in the law of Moses, every believer is justified in it (Elberfeld Bible).
Now we might say: “It's all beautiful and very liberating, but what does the LORD do when we enter into connections through special sins or initiate processes that we do Not can dissolve or stop more? Someone may tie up money or other property that shouldn't be tied up through contracts that cannot be terminated, or someone enters into an extramarital relationship and fathered a child, or someone thinks they have to marry a person because of family expectations he or she doesn't love at all.
Can the Lord still help with such sins, or is our relationship with the Lord now clouded for the rest of our lives? Also applies in this situation: Come to me, all you laborious and burdened, and I will give you rest?
The Lord can help! Jer 32:27 Behold, I, the Lord, am the God of all flesh; should something be impossible for me?Gen. 18:14 should anything be impossible for the Lord? (Luther Bible)
King David was in a serious sin when he got into bed with Urias' wife and had Uriah killed. David could not make amends because Uriah was dead and his wife, Bathsheba, was pregnant through him (David). How can such an offense before God be put out of the world? Surely it was impossible for David to raise Uriah from the dead and make the child disappear without committing a new sin (murder)?
How did the Lord react in that situation?
Of course, God already knew then that his dear Son would create salvation for people. Therefore, from a legal point of view, God was able to forgive those people who repentantly demanded the forgiveness of sins from the beginning (Adam and Eve). Therefore, God sent the prophet Nathan to King David to arouse repentance for the atrocities committed by the king. After realizing the seriousness of the situation, the king actually regretted it: 2. Sam 12:13 And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. In response to this word, God was able to convey wonderful things to David through the prophet: 13b Nathan said to David, In the same way the LORD has taken away your sin; You will not die (Lut).
When God says, Your sins are forgiven, then they are forgiven. David was in a new position. The relationship with the LORD was now again untroubled. He could live in an unencumbered relationship with God. God shows this when he later gives the couple a son again and calls him the Lord's darling in front of his adversaries: 2. Sam 12: 24 And when David had comforted Bathsheba his wife, he went in to her and slept with her. And she bore him a son, whose name was Solomon. And the Lord loved him. 25 And he put it under the hand of Nathan the prophet; he called him Jedidiah (darling of the LORD) for the LORD's sake. The LORD also took this child, who came from an initially forbidden relationship, and made him heir to the throne, thus placing Solomon among the ancestors of Christ (Mt 1: 6).
It is true that David's act was followed by severe chastisement. Through chastening, a person learns the right way to walk. By bearing the chastisement, we do not pay off our debts. Man cannot release himself (Psalm 49: 8,9 Rev. Elb. Bible). Christ triggered us who believe in him. That's why we can in every situation to turn to him, for he says: Come to me, all you laborious and burdened, and I will give you rest. After the confession of sin, we can go on unencumbered, with a new starting position and an intact relationship with God.
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