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1 John 2:1  My little children , these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

The perfect ground of forgiveness has been laid in the sacrifice of the cross.  If God is to forgive sins He must be faithful and just in doing so.  Therefore the basis for His doing so can only be the work of the Cross.  At the Cross the faithfulness and justice of God has been established in reference to our actual sin and to the root cause which is our sin nature (we are rotten to the core).

Christ Is The Perfect Ground Of Forgiveness For The Saved

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God has already judged our sins in the person of our substitute on the cross and in the act of confession we judge ourselves.  This is necessary for His forgiveness and restoration.  The smallest unconfessed, unjudged sin on the conscience will mar our communion with God.  If we allow sin to remain  unjudged and unconfessed  we cannot have fellowship with our LORD.  It is by confession because our forgiveness is founded entirely upon the perfect sacrifice and the righteous advocacy of the LORD Jesus.

What Happens When a Christians Sins

When a saved person sins fellowship is broken and must be restored by confession of the sin that caused the break.  Fellowship cannot be restored by making God promises.  Fellowship cannot be restored by doing make up works: trying to earn God’s favor.  Fellowship cannot be restored by prayer.  So many people believe asking God to forgive you of your sin is confession but it is not.  A Christian may have sinned and might pray many days seeking forgiveness and not have any assurance from 1 John 1:9 that they are forgiven but the moment he confesses that sin there is forgiveness,. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

What is Confession?

Confession is owning your sin, taking responsibility for your sin.  An Old Testament reference to go along. with 1 John 1:9 is 2 Chronicles  7:14  If my people , which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. You can’t blame someone else for your sin.  It is knowing you have sinned and sinned against God,  Ps 51:4 Against thee , thee only , have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Even though we have sinned against Our LORD when we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin. 

What is Forgiven?

We are forgiven! Sin is not forgiven! The Word says: “To forgive us of our sins” Our sin was judged at the Cross more than two thousand years ago.  The reason He came was to take our sin in His own body and in doing so became our Saviour by the will of God, 1 Cor 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. Sin must be paid for and He did the paying.  He as your sacrifice has forgiven you of your sins because He is the payment.

His Body Took Our Sin

Heb 10: 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: The body prepared by God The Father was to bear the wounds of our sin, Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

That body provides our way into the presence of God, Heb 10:19-20  Having therefore , brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Christ is the perfect ground of your forgiveness, 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. He is faithful and just b

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1 John 2:1-2  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world

If God is to forgive sin He must be “faithful and just in doing so. A careful reading of the Word of our LORD is both necessary and enlightening. Let us hear the wonderful words of our LORD: We are forgiven! Notice, we are forgiven but our sin is not forgiven because sin must paid for. Sin requires a sacrifice and not just any sacrifice but a perfect lamb; sin requires judgment, sin demands death, “For the wages of sin is death… The soul that sinned shall die. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. We have sinned and our conscience bears witness of our sin. Our spirit condemns us for we know our sin is against God.

The Perfect Ground of Forgiveness For The Lost Sinner Is Christ

Even though we have sinned against God; He has promised to forgive one of their sins but how can He be just in doing so? And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world, 1 John 2:2. Christ met the requirements needed for your redemption; salvation is and has always has been of the LORD.  You can know this in the Word of God,  2 Timothy 1:9  Who hath saved us , and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. It was The LORD who saved Adam and Eve in the garden, Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. The fig leaves of man’s works of righteousness has never been acceptable,  Isa 64:6-7  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Christ Suffered the Judgment of God For Your Sin

Propitiation means: in behalf of our sins, It means: atonement, It means: satisfaction for our sins, It means: an offering for us that God accepted. That offering is Jesus Christ the righteous: The LORD can forgive you because He paid your debt of sin: Christ is the perfect ground of forgiveness. Christ suffered the judgment of God for your sin. In His body He holds the marks of Calvary, Isa 53:3-7 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

For This Cause He Came Into The World

God judged our sins in the person of our Substitute on the cross, 2 Cor 5:21 For he(God)hath made him (Christ )to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. The LORD made Christ your Saviour at the cross for He included you in that death of Christ more than two thousand years ago.  Will you believe Him to be your Saviour? The reason Christ came into the world was to die as the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. Christ completely paid our debt of sin,  Heb 1:3   Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;“…When he had by himself purged our sins sat down…” Never to arise from that seat to purchase salvation for He did it once forever: which means He purchased yours’ It is the sacrifice of Himself that bought your salvation, Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

It is His one sacrifice for all sin for all time that is the perfect ground for your faith in Him,  Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;

You are forgiven as a sinner by God because Christ became sin – He took your sin. God placed your forgiveness in Christ and He requires no sacrifice from you but only faith in Christ and Christ alone. Heb 10:18 Now where remission (forgiveness) of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

You are forgiven by God because of the Gift of Christ!  Do you deserve Christ: no.  He is the Grace of God.  God is just in forgiving you because Christ suffered the judgment your sin demanded and by God’s grace Christ became your Lamb, Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. God gave you Christ, John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

God put your sin on Christ, 2 Cor 5:21 For he (God) hath made him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

He is asking that you believe Him in what He did for you; and in exchange for you believing Him He promised you eternal life: 1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

Will you believe Him for Eternal Life?

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Saving Grace | Print |  E-mail

“Great Truths about Grace” Eph 1:3-4

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

Text 2:4-7

It is the Grace of God and it is to us:

How do you define “grace”? The wonderful truth about this grace:  It is grace from God and it reaches us!  If you put a face on grace: It is the face of Christ.  God has dealt with us in grace through and by Christ.

His Grace made you accepted:

Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

His grace was evident long before the foundation of the world; long before we had opportunity to do good or bad.  Therefore, His blessing to us are purely of His grace. Eph 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: The only way to be holy and without blame is to be in Christ and in accordance with His Grace you were included in Christ by God, 1 Cor 1:30-31 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Grace is what God has declared to be true,

Titus 3:7-8 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. God has declared that you are cleared of all guilt: “justified by His grace” For Him to do this, declare you clear of all guilt there must be payment for your sin.  There is no way for us to pay the debt! What would we use for payment?  And to us, He did not even put a price! Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price .

How was the payment made: by Christ

Titus 3:4-8 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

So what must I do to be saved?

Isa 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Only Christ can satisfied that hunger and desire for forgiveness; to eat is something you must do for yourself! No one can eat for you: You must believe Christ for yourself.

God in His great love and mercy gave Christ to die for you.

In that death He (Christ) took your sin and made them His very own, 2 Cor 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. God has declared that His death is sufficient for you,  Eph 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

God save you in Christ more than two thousand ago at Calvary; He is not asking you to do anything but believe Him:

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him (Christ); he (God) hath put him (Christ) to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. God made Christ sin for you: 2 Cor 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. The Father saw His suffering and was satisfied with the payment of Christ: Isa 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

If God has accepted Christ as being a sufficient Saviour; why will you not believe in the same Saviour?

 
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