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God’s Love Forgives

Dee Casper

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Dee Casper

Director of the CORE Evangelism Training Program.

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  • March 30, 2019
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This morning's message is untitled God's love forgives God's love forgives. The New Testament with one minor exception used as 2 primary words for the word forgiveness how do you so my and I feel mine and the the 3rd one is basically a derivative of the last one a few mine and so we find the cautious $213.00 and produce them by it says and you being dead in your sins in the uncircumcision every flesh has the Quicken together with him having forgiven how each of my you all your trespasses and this is what this is defined as in the complete word study dictionary and the most common meaning to have each of my is peculiar to the New Testament is to pardon to graciously remit a person sin the Strong's Greek dictionary the New Testament phrase it this way it's a verb which means to bestow a favor unconditionally and is used of the act of forgiveness whether divine or human so it's implied here then is the idea of an unconditional fever or pardon and there are going to be some instances in which I may be mis understood the disposal of me all the way to the end before any conclusions this is something to build upon because this very complicated topic. But here's the point Jesus takes the condemnation that we deserved and pardons us there are many instances in which Jesus offers pardon or pardon is offered before a full confession is made or before a confession is made at all Adam and Eve are covered before there's a complete understanding in repentance of sin they're making all kinds of excuses why is everybody else's fault not theirs Moses interceding for the people of Israel and in this situation Moses is Lord please forgive these people and God on Earth as Moses is request without the people saying a word Jesus for giving a paralytic in Matthew Chapter 9 he says son is your sins are forgiven you and he tells them to rise the man said nothing before Him Jesus is the biggest one is found in Matthew Chapter $27.00 Jesus praying Father forgive them for they know not what they do We were not confessing at that time Jesus forgiving Peter before he confessed in John Chapter 21 Stephen is a type of Christ praying forgive them in Acts Chapter 7 very similar to what Jesus did in Matthew 27 were told a 2nd 519 that God was in Christ reconciling the world not imputing their trespasses against them before many of us saw our need in Romans Chapter 5 a verse 8 while we are still sinners Christ died for the ungodly many examples many more could be marshaled but there's been tension here for many of us and could be that God would take this type of step before we do things. The other instances of which this word heavy to my IS use in the New Testament every single one of them outside the cautious 213 are dealing with interpersonal interactions were forgiveness is given before those people confess Luke 7 seconds to fusions 4 and collections 3 all of my slides for all the presentations and the audio will be given to you northwest so you can actually go through these texts and stuff later. So we forgive because we love and it's impossible to love the sinner without forgiveness and always says it this way Christ tells us that we must forgive the erring. Even 70 times 7 and how infinitely greater is the love of God then is our love so this 1st phase of forgiveness as alluded to in cautions is what drives us to the 2nd phase of forgiveness Romans chapter 2 verse forces that the goodness of God leads to to repentance and what even talks about this that is only through Christ that true repentance can be genuine and Jets explain some of that process in other places as well we see another situation where Peter encounters the undeserved supernatural goodness of God right he's in the boat Jesus is there teaching from his boat Jesus has cast your net on the other side he says look I've been fishing all night to do this for a living but if you say so I'm going to do it and when he does they bring in so many fish that they fill 2 boats full and Peter falls and says war Depart from me for I am a sinful man he encountered undeserved goodness which led him to repentance you with me. That's Luke Chapter 5. So the 2nd is a feline and the root words are from and to sin forth and so it means to sin forth from or distant away from implying that there's a separation between 2 parties which is good news because this is actually found in 1st John 19 which some of us may be thinking about right now if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to separate us from our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness So there are 2 types of forgiveness to mention here then one speaks of pardon and the other speaks of clinching and separating from sin we see this framework actually laid out very similarly in the Old Testament in the Old Testament system of the sanctuary service they had the daily services and the yearly services one was offering pardon and the other was separating the sinner from the sin and cleansing the tabernacle and the camp to phases of forgiveness taking place in the sanctuary economy which was teaching about how Heaven does life right Paul talks about this in Hebrews and in fact even the morning and evening sacrifices took place in the sanctuary service in those didn't actually involve confession those were for the sins of the people that they did not know that they had done they were to cover the unknown sins of the people and the point was God is making it clear I'm working on your behalf but the people weren't even aware of what was happening and this was intended for those sins committed in ignorance but there's a huge huge huge disclaimer here we are not mentioning this to discourage confession that's not the point we're making this morning in fact it should lead to the opposite result like it did for Peter the goodness of God should lead you to repentance So if you want to be separated from sin itself it's going to require confession are you with me you encounter goodness which leads to confession that's the point the Israelites were reminded every morning evening that God was working for them just imagine the way the tabernacle system was set up was there was a tent in the middle of the tabernacle and then you lived in the north the south east in the West and every single morning at the same time and every single evening at the same time you looked from your tent and you saw that. God was working on your behalf whether you deserved it or not whether you did anything right or not whether you can Festus into didn't know you had committed or not God was working on your behalf it was meant to be a continual reminder to them that God is for me not against me and this would lead them to 1st take anything that would pull them away from him or you with me so this is not teaching sin doesn't matter confession doesn't matter it matters a whole lot it cost the life to Jesus it put the fellowship of the Godhead in jeopardy but it's this thing 1st the goodness of God 1st that leads you to genuine repentance and repentance that doesn't need to be repented of so the Bible is making clear is that the process of salvation it begins with God and not you that's what this teaches he takes the 1st step in pursuing and redeeming us and this is what leads to our response of confession and the for seeking of sin. Both of these phases of forgiveness are absolutely vital for us to have a balanced view of salvation if we just focus on the feet of my getting sin out of my life it can lead to legalism and a lack of assurance or belief that God actually wants me or will accept me and if we just focus on how to use them I it's going to lead us to believe that we don't have to do anything you with me this is why they use both words in teach both principles of forgiveness in the New Testament because without which become incredibly imbalanced the Gospel should have both components to we talked about this the other day there's a sense of acceptance and accountability. But the sacrifice of Christ is so powerful and all encompassing that no soul has been left on affected not a single soul will walk through some text on this 1st John 22 N.G.'s This is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the sins of who the whole world. Romans Chapter 32324 for ALL have sinned how many have sinned all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God all being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus Romans Chapter 5 verses 6 and also verse 8 for when we were still without strength in due time What did Christ do he died for who the ungodly But God demonstrates His own low for us and that while we were still sinners Christ chose to die for you and for me 1st Timothy 14 says for to this we both Labor and suffer reproach because we trust in the living God who is the savior of how many men all men and especially of those who believe so this will White says and she says it's difficult for the reason to grasp the majesty of Christ in the mystery of redemption is that true yet the gospel seems to be too good to be true it's not it's too true to be ignored but we're tempted to believe it's too good to be true and we wrestle with this why would God do this for me I don't deserve this there's no way that could actually be true certainly there's a whole lot more that needs to happen outside of the way that Jesus works it doesn't make sense to us the shameful Cross has been up raised the nails have been driven through his hands and feet and the cruel Spirit has pierced to his heart and the redemption price has been paid for who the entire human race she says. She says is the sign of the times the whole world was gathered in the embrace of Christ he died on the cross to give the Deathstroke to sneak in and it take away the sin of every believing soul in the calls that's the 2nd part right the feeling and he calls upon us to offer ourselves on the altar of service a living consuming sacrifice we are to make an unknown reserve surrender to God of all that we have in all that we are and we cannot shirk from that the Gospel requires no less it's the best offering we could give to God I think offering of our life in complete service and devotion but the only thing that will lead me to want to do that is 1st in countering the how to reach them why the undeserved goodness of God. 5 in verse 18 therefore as through one man's offense judgment came to all men resulting in condemnation which we all deserve even so through one man's righteous act the free gift came to how many to all men resulting in justification of life and this is powerful the idea of justification of life when if we had the the other day 2 nights ago on that scrolls a quote from desire of it is actually lose to this powerful quote from Illinois she says to the death of Christ we owe even this earthly life literally the death of Jesus in taking our condemnation is what justifies any human being being alive right now why to be given a probationary period to respond to the faith of Jesus so that even the wicked are allowed to live right now even though Adam sinned to respond to the Gospel the bread we eat is the purchase of his broken body the water we drink is bought by the spilled blood never once stained or sinner eats his daily food but he is nursed by the body in the blood of Christ the cross of Calvary is stamped on every loaf and it's reflected in every water spring Isn't that amazing. Christ he says in another place in education Christ is the light which light of every man that cometh into the world John 19 as through Christ every human being has life so also through him every soul receive some ray of Divine Light we're told that it rains on the wicked and the just right not only intellectual but spiritual power a perception of right a desire for goodness exists in every heart even that infrastructure every human being has they may not respond to it they may not exercise it but it's given them for God or from God deserving to says this The prayer of Christ for His enemies Father forgive them for they know not what they're doing embrace is who the entire world it took in every sinner that had lived or should live from the beginning of the world to the end of time upon all rests the guilt of crucifying the Son of God and we can't run from that I individually am responsible for the death of Jesus my sins killed Jesus say that with me my sins killed Jesus that's the truth and you can't run from that it's the truth as it is in Jesus we need your and we have a savior. And we are living on borrowed time for justification of life to respond to the Savior and the undeserved goodness of God And so it says upon their all rest the guilt of crucify the Son of God and to all forgiveness is freely offered forever Whosoever will may have peace with God in inherit eternal life this payment was paid in full and you can't change that Jesus cannot undying for you because you don't appreciate it that can't be undone but what we can do is reject it and refused to receive it. Now to be very very very clear this morning we are not saying that no one will be lost I've never said that and we never would say that Scripture is clear that many unfortunately will be lost but what we are saying is the cross of Christ and the love of God are so powerful that no one should be lost not a single soul should have been lost if someone is lost at the end of the day it's not because Jesus didn't do enough for you with me and that's the point that God makes His sacrifice was so sufficient as to encompass all of humanity. And this even justifies the current existence of the last along with the saved to give them a probationary period to respond to the faith of Jesus but no one could respond to the cross and be justified by faith alist they were 1st receiving the justification of life which is why we have both why we're told to respond with a justification by faith we're not currently enduring the condemnation we deserve because of the grace of Christ and so the big variable in the equation in our response to this great display of is our response to this great display of God's love in pardon will you accept the Gospel or will you continue to reject his pleadings through His Holy Spirit to bring us home when you reject the Spirit of God when you blast him against the Holy Spirit in his attempts to win you and sweep you into that heavenly tide I will close with this thought and 2nd could this chapter 5 we're told that what is it that compels us you don't sound convinced it's OK it's in the Bible Verse 14 What is it that compels us what drives the love of Christ compels us why because we judge thus that if one died for how many for all then all died any died for all that those who lived should live how. Hey we talked about this didn't we. The law of God in the way that he did life it was the glory of God to give. Was the glory of God to give so he died so that we would no longer live for ourselves but for Him who died for them and rose again so whenever we encounter the Heat's of my the undeserved goodness of God it should lead to a response it deserves a response it compels us to respond Why would someone fight this. Continuing therefore from now on how do we regard people according to the flesh how many people do we regard according to flesh No but it should change the way that you do life when you encounter the goodness the undeserved goodness of God towards you it should lead you to show undeserved goodness to the people around you we forgive because we 1st were forgiven should lead to a whole transformation of the life even though we have known Christ according to the flesh right we're now looking at people for all we can get out of them we're looking at people for what we can give for them and it's that even though we've known crisis Corden in the flesh we gets no home no longer many of us will come to Christ was selfish ambitions but the beautiful thing is he needs us where we are he doesn't leave us there amen he's saying to Pfizer ambitions he transforms our desires and leads us to think about his desires and no longer hours and so therefore if anyone is in Christ what happens he becomes a new creation all things are passed away behold all things have become new and now all things are of God who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ God has reconciled us and drawn us back to him through the undeserved goodness it's displayed by the death of Jesus and he's given us the ministry of reconciliation this is not something that we should be keeping to ourselves it's something that we should be giving freely to the people around us and communicating this beauty to the people around us. Through Jesus Christ has given us the ministry of reconciliation that is that God was where. In Christ reconciling the world to Himself not imputing their trespasses to them and is committed to us the word of reconciliation and so now then we are ambassadors for Christ is the Godhra pleading through us and we implore you in Christ we have be reconciled to God when God has been this good to you why would you not allow yourselves to be reconciled to him. For he made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us he bore the condemnation for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in him and this is amazing guys because Jesus became everything that you have done so that you could become everything that he has done he literally has paid the full and complete price for your sins and if you understand the difference between shame and guilt this verse takes on even greater power because guilt is that I've done something wrong and that's healthy we need guilt in our lives in that sense we need that and remind this is why the Holy Spirit convicts this of sin right of sin righteousness and judgement not to push us away from Jesus but to point us to the answer to your stim the whole point of conviction is it leads you to Jesus who died for your sins right and so we're not and so guilt is that I've done something wrong shame is that I am something wrong and many of us wrestle with shame Don't worry I'm nothing but an addict I'm nothing but a loser and nothing but a sinner all never change on never grow on never improve but that's not the way that God views as the Bible literally says that God became or Jesus became what you have done so that you don't have to define yourself by that anymore he now has defined himself by what you did so you now can be defined by what he has done this is the beauty of the Gospel and this is what God wants for you but will you respond with the reciprocating faith or will you fight the gospel. OK there's a good example in John Chapter 8 we've covered this woman a few times she's become famous this week hasn't she John Chapter 8 let's go there John Chapter 81311 Romans done John Chapter 8 persons one through. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives now early in the morning he came again into the temple and all the people came to him and he sat down and taught them then the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman caught in adultery and when they had set her in the midst they said to him Teacher This woman was caught in adultery in the very act now Moses in the law commanded this that such should be stone but what do you say this they said testing him the he might that they might have something or wished to accuse them but Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger as though he didn't hear certainly he did verse 7 so when it can when they continued asking him he raised himself up and said to them he who is without sin among you let him threw a stone at her 1st and again he stooped down a road on the ground then those who heard it being convicted by their conscience went out one by one beginning with the oldest even to the last and Jesus was left alone in the woman standing in the midst and when Jesus had raised himself up and saw no one but the woman he said to her one then where are those accusers of yours has no one condemned you and she said. No one Lord and Jesus said to her neither do I condemn you go and sin no more then Jesus spoke to them again saying I am the light of the world and he who follows me shall not work in darkness but have the light of life this woman here encountered the head reach of my Which led to the if. He pardons her and then he separates her from her sin she encountered both pardon and clinching a man and Jesus can do that for this woman. I think Jesus can do it for me but listener L. White says about the chain of events and how this process works there's a chronology here and don't miss this the woman had stood before Jesus cowering with fear his words he that is without sin among you let him 1st cast a stone had come to her as a death sentence she dared not lift her eyes to the Saviors face but silently awaited her do and in astonishment she saw her accusers depart speechless and confounded then these words of hope fill upon her ear Neither do I condemn the go incident no more this happens 1st Her heart was melted and casting herself at the feet of Jesus she sobbed out her grateful love and with bitter tears What did she do. She confessed her sins this was the beginning of a new life a life of purity and peace devoted to God. This chain of events does not lead to somebody living a life filled with sin and what people refer to as cheap grace there's no such thing as cheap grace. It's expensive immensely expensive the death of Jesus was not something that was cheap and when we encounter the undeserved goodness of God It leads to the logical response of repentance this woman understood this she encountered a what explains exactly the same way what Jesus is telling her is to walk in the reality that he's already made available to her when he tells her to go and sin no more he's not telling her to do something in her own strength. L.-Y. talks about this multiple times that in the command itself is the power to walk in the command she says all his biddings are enabling us which means that we should never be afraid of the commandments of God We should never be afraid of the call of God because in the call and in the command is the power to walk in it so when Jesus tells the paralytic in John Chapter 5 to rise take up your mat and walk the paralytic had a decision to make while I believe what I believe about the gospel. Well I believe what Jesus believed about the Gospel that when he pronounces justification and healing it's true it's already done and when Jesus tells me to walk it's already done and so what does he do he chooses to believe the Word of Jesus he defies the laws of physics he chooses to believe what Jesus says in spite of what he feels or sees and the man walks do you believe that today do you believe that in the word is the power to transform the life and with every command so when Jesus tells her go and sin no more he's not adding an additional impossible weight on this woman shoulders his giving her a promise of the provision that's already been made. Go and sin no more of already set you free you already have power to walk in it while you receive the faith of Jesus and live out the faith of Jesus she could now go and sin no more because she understood that she was accepted by the fact that she was not condemned dream this morning in Micah who is a God like you pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgressions of the remnant of his heritage he does not retain his anger forever because he delights in mercy he will again have compassion on us and will subdue our iniquities you will cast all our sins into the depths of the Seas and notice we encounter pardon how do you to my and then he cast our sins in the depths of the sea he separates us from our sins a fear of mine you will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham which you have sworn to our fathers from days of old So here's The Point guys in the life death burial resurrection intercessory mission the ministry of Christ complete pardon and complete clinching a separation from sin is afforded full stop no expense was spared for your redemption in no expense so my encouragement to you in my appeal to you to day is to receive the end to walk in the reality of the faith of Jesus believe what Jesus believes about you and walk in that truth it will change your life guys. It's not man I hope I can get victory it's already your. Walk in the provision he's already made walk in the victory he's already secured He's not asking you to work harder he's asking you to receive the victory that's already Your it's it's already accomplished in the goodness of Jesus Jesus doesn't need to leave an additional rights us life to empower you to overcome he already live that life and it's already been sealed in the books of heaven and that life becomes a reality in your life when you receive it through the Holy Spirit's that's called imparted right just in this it's called saying to pick a ship so we love Jesus because He 1st loved us we have faith in Him because He 1st had faith in us and we forgive others because he 1st forgave us this is what the Gospels meant to do let's pray. God in heaven I think you that the gospel is not too good to be true it's too true to be ignored but it fights against the national in the natural inclination of our flesh we don't like it we would prefer the order of events worked much differently than the way that you've shown it in scripture this morning and this is just a brief synopsis or more time should have been afforded because what we have but I pray that this will encourage is that you have made complete provision for my healing my cleansing my forgiveness and the victory you want in my life it's already secured in Jesus and I pray that we would walk in that this is not leading people to think that victory doesn't matter it's chilling is that victory is actually possible. Because when the weights on me it seems impossible and it is impossible but what I haven't also efficient Savior has made complete provision and I can receive his victory everything changes Lord Jesus I pray that we would believe that this morning that we would walk in that the small inning and that the true Gospel of Christ Our Righteousness with leaven the lump of our lives it would cast out the lies in our flesh and that we would be free indeed we ask these things in Jesus' day. In this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit W W W audio verse or.

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