But God- We are Already Forgiven

Greetings,

But God Image_Color_CrossPlease help me understand something. I've been taught my sins are forgiven, but I also read in Matthew 6:14-15 that Jesus said: "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions." This seems contradictory, and it is definitely scary to me.

This is a very scary statement for me too, because I'm sure there are people I haven't forgiven. If my being forgiven is dependent on my forgiving, I am in trouble. Now don't get me wrong- I'm not holding any grudges consciously, but Jesus didn't say to only forgive the things I remember. I think the key to understanding this statement is to look at how to interpret the Bible.

I know this is a touchy subject in and of itself. One of the main keys to understanding the Bible is context. We need to look at when something was said, and to whom was it said? Understanding the context will help us not pick and choose a verse to make a point when the weight of the rest of the Bible would say a different thing. This is a good case in point. Forty years ago I heard a devout Christian author use this statement by Jesus to make the point that our being forgiven is, in fact, dependent on our forgiving others. This person was wrong. Here is why I say that. Jesus was talking to people who were living under the law. They, and He, lived in Old Covenant times. The New Covenant began at the death of Jesus, not at His birth. Think about that. Jesus lived in old covenant times.

If you read what was written in the Bible after His death, you come away with the correct idea regarding our forgiveness. Let's listen to Colossians 2:13. "When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, HAVING FORGIVEN US ALL OUR TRANSGRESSIONS." Also, I would encourage you to read Romans 8:1, Ephesians 1:7 and 4:32, and Colossians 3:12&13. That's just a few of the new covenant statements on us as Abba's children being forgiven.

Now we are free to forgive others - not because we have to, but because we are ourselves already forgiven. That is good news.

Please keep the questions coming!

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

2 Comments

  • Johnny Jones
    Johnny Jones - April 20, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Tom, thanks, Robinson Outdoor, Thanks, Scott thanks for the OKC visit.
    Just from one sinner to another trying to bring the lord to everyday life all day.
    Prayers for you all.
    Johnny and Sandi Jones
    Moore OK (Tornado capital of the world)

  • Staff Writer

    Thanks you Johnny! Glad to have been there with you all!

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