I think I wrote about this same topic recently with regards to the man who was lowered down through the roof by his friends.
He was forgiven by Jesus and then healed, giving us a picture that we have been forgiven so that we can come into relationship with God and be saved.
In the same way we see Jesus telling the woman who washed Jesus’ feet that she was forgiven and then saved, thus giving us the same picture of salvation coming after forgiveness.
Many in the church get this the wrong way round; they teach that after salvation we should ask for forgiveness.
This is wrong; we have ALL already been forgiven through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and we can do nothing about our own forgiveness other than accept it and give thanks.
Jesus paid the price for the sin of us all (1 John 2 v 2).
Remission, or forgiveness of sins, is only available through the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9 v 22).
Our forgiveness has already come through the shed blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).
Forgiveness flowed and sin was dealt with so that man could be reconciled and come into relationship with God through faith in Jesus; this is the correct order of things!
Forgiveness came before salvation, without forgiveness you could not have been saved.
Once saved, do not let any man tell you that you have to ask God for His forgiveness; that is a slur on the finished work of Jesus Christ.Thank God that you have been forgiven and enjoy your state of forgiveness.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been forgiven and thank you that through faith in Jesus I have been saved”.
Luke 7 v 48 to 50…..And he said to her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace