The glory of God's forgiveness

413 the glory of God's forgiveness

Although God's wonderful forgiveness is one of my favorite subjects, I have to admit that it's hard to even begin to grasp how real it is. God has planned her from the beginning as his generous gift, a costly act of forgiveness and reconciliation through his Son, culminating in his death on the cross. Not only are we thus acquitted, we are restored - "in tune" with our loving triune God.

In his book "Atonement: The Person and Work of Christ," TF Torrance has described it this way: "We have to keep our hands crossed over our mouths because we can not find words that could even come close to the infinitely sacred meaning of reconciliation ". He sees the mystery of the forgiveness of God as the work of a gracious Creator - a work so pure and so great that we can not fully understand it. According to the Bible, the glory of forgiveness of God manifests itself through multiple, related blessings. Let's take a quick look at these gifts of mercy.

1. With forgiveness, our sins are forgiven

The need for the death of Jesus on the Cross for our sins helps us to understand how seriously God sees sin and how seriously we too should see sin and guilt. Our sin unleashes a power that would destroy the Son of God Himself and destroy the Trinity if it could. Our sin required the intervention of the Son of God to overcome the evil that causes them; He did this by giving his life for us. As believers, we do not simply see Jesus' death for forgiveness as something "given" or "right." It leads us to a humble and deep worship of Christ, leading us from the initial faith to the grateful acceptance, and finally, the worship of our whole lives.

Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we have total forgiveness. This means that all injustice has been eradicated by the impartial and perfect judge. Everything wrong is recognized and overcome - rendered immoral and lawful for our salvation at God's own expense. Let's not just ignore this wonderful reality. God's forgiveness is not blind - quite the contrary. Nothing is overlooked. The evil is damned and done away with and we are saved from its deadly consequences and have received new life. God knows every detail of sin and knows how to harm his good creation. He knows how sin hurts you and the people you love. He also looks beyond the present and sees how the sin affects and harms the third and fourth generations (and beyond!). He knows the power and depths of sin; therefore he wants us to understand that and enjoy the power and depth of his forgiveness.

Forgiveness allows us to know and know that there is more to experience than we perceive in our presently transient existence. Thanks to God's forgiveness, we can look expectantly into the glorious future that God has prepared for us. He did not allow anything to happen that could not redeem, renew and restore his work of reconciliation. The past does not have the power to determine the future to which God, through the reconciliation work of His beloved Son, has opened the door for us.

2. By forgiveness, we are reconciled to God

Through the Son of God, our eldest brother and high priest, we know God as our Father. Jesus invited us to join in his address to God the Father and to address him with Abba. This is a confidential term for dad or father. He shares with us the intimacy of his relationship with the Father and leads us close to the Father, who desires Him so much with us.

In order to lead us into this familiarity, Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we can become aware of the Father's love and begin living a life as His beloved children. The author of Hebrews emphasizes the superiority of Jesus' work in this regard: "The ministry of Jesus was superior to that of the priests of the Old Covenant, because the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the Old, for he is founded for better promises ... For I will have mercy on their iniquities, and I will not remember their sins "(Heb. 8,6.12).

3. Forgiveness kills death

In an interview for our program You'r Included, Robert Walker, the nephew of TF Torrance, pointed out that the proof of our forgiveness is the destruction of sin and death, which was confirmed by the Resurrection. The resurrection is a powerful event. It is not just the resurrection of a dead person. It is the beginning of a new creation - the beginning of the renewal of time and space ... The resurrection is forgiveness. Not only is it the proof of forgiveness, it is forgiveness because, according to the Bible, sin and death belong together. Therefore, the annihilation of sin also means the annihilation of death. This in turn means that God, through the resurrection, extinguishes sin. Someone had to resurrect our sin from the grave so that the resurrection would become ours too. Therefore Paul could write, "If Christ is not risen, you are still in your sins." ... The resurrection is not just the resurrection of a dead man; rather, it represents the beginning of the restoration of all things.

4. Forgiveness restores wholeness

Through our election to salvation, the age-old philosophical dilemma comes to an end - God sends the one for the many, and the many are received in the one. Therefore, the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: "For there is a God and a mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, as his testimony at the right time. In addition I am employed as a preacher and apostle ..., as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and in truth "(1, Tim 2,5-7).

In Jesus, God's plans for Israel and all humanity are fulfilled. He is the faithful servant of the one God, the royal priest, the one for the many, the one for all! Jesus is the One through whom God's goal has been achieved to bestow forgiving grace upon all those who have ever lived. God does not choose or choose the One to reject the many, but the way to involve the many. In the divine communion of salvation, election does not mean that there must implicitly be rejection. It is rather that Jesus' exclusive claim is that only through him can all people be reconciled to God. Please note the following verses from the book of Acts: "And in no other is salvation, nor is there any other name under heaven given to men, by whom we shall be saved" (Acts 4,12). "And it shall come to pass that whoever invokes the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts. 2,21).

Let us pass on the good news

I think you all agree that it is very important for all people to hear the good news of God's forgiveness. All people need the realization that they are reconciled to God. They are called upon to respond to this reconciliation, which is made known through the proclamation of the Word of God authorized by the Holy Spirit. All people should understand that they are invited to receive what God has done for them. They are also invited to participate in the present work of God so that they can live in Christ in personal unity and communion with God. All people should know that Jesus, as the Son of God, became man. Jesus fulfilled God's eternal plan. He gave us his pure and infinite love, destroyed death and wants to have us in eternal life again. All of humanity needs the message of the gospel because, as TF Torrence notes, it is a mystery "that should astonish us more than could ever be described".

Full of joy that our sins are atoned for, that God forgives us and truly loves us forever.

Joseph Tkach

president
GRACE COMMUNION INTERNATIONAL


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