If you have ever read the King James Version of the Word you will have seen that there are quite a few words in italics.
This means that the word or words were not in the original manuscripts and have been added by the translator in order to aid understanding.
One of my favourite examples of this is seen in Colossians 1 v 14.
This verse talks about our redemption (winning back what was previously lost) through the shed blood of Jesus.
Part of this redemption is the forgiveness of sins, or as the King James Bible says even the forgiveness of sins.
Why did the translators feel it was necessary to add the word even?
I think it was because forgiveness is such a “difficult” concept to get your head around; many believers do not know or think they are forgiven and need to keep asking for forgiveness.
Many Christians do not accept their forgiveness, even though this is quite clear from the Word.
We are forgiven through the shed blood of Jesus; there is nothing we can do to receive forgiveness through our own self-efforts.
The word even highlights forgiveness and strengthens this verse, pointing out that we have been forgiven!
Forgiveness is a fact and it is a state of being.
Forgiveness is about what Jesus has done and is nothing to do with what we have done.
I have been forgiven and you have been forgiven for everything; that is good news.
Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that I have already been forgiven for all my sin through the shed blood of Jesus Christ”.
Colossians 1 v 14…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins