In my message on Sunday I was preaching about forgiveness and said that there seemed to be a contradiction with regards to the flow of forgiveness.
In Ephesians we are told we can forgive because God has forgiven us, yet in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says we will not be forgiven unless we forgive others first.
So is there a problem? Which of these is correct?
Well, they are both correct because everything changed at the cross; this is an essential truth from the Word that not enough believers know about.
We hear people saying, “The Word says this” and “The Word says that” not realising that not all of Scripture is to be taken as doctrine by the church today.
All Scripture is there for a reason and is available for our help (2 Timothy 3 v 16 and 17), but not all of it is for born again believers to live by and establish doctrine through.
Take all the sacrifices, dietary and clothing laws under the Old Covenant for example; they are not for us now living under the New Covenant.
Lots of things changed at the cross of Jesus, lots of things written in the Word are now different because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus says it like this (and I paraphrase), “You may have heard that, but now I am saying this”.
Jesus heightened the “bar of the law” for example (Matthew 5 v 27 and 28).
Jesus changed the “rules”; His work was so momentous that the “rules” were redefined forever.
Forgiveness flowed at the cross and things changed, so under grace we have already been forgiven.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that I now live under the New Covenant with complete and unconditional forgiveness”.
Matthew 5 v 27 and 28…..Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart