DIG for Monday the 4th of May…..forgiveness: pre cross promises…..Isaiah 43 v 25

The forgiveness of God is a recurring theme throughout the Word of God.

We see the promise of this in the old covenant and confirmation in the new; and we see the delivery of forgiveness at the cross.

God promised that there was a day coming when forgiveness would flow and the sins of mankind would be paid for and forgotten.

This was an awesome promise and something that the old covenant “giants” longed for; David wrote about this, as did Isaiah.

David wrote that there would be a day when God would forgive all iniquity (Psalm 103 v 3) and when the sin of men would be removed from them (Psalm 103 v 12).

Isaiah wrote of a day coming when all the sin of men would be blotted out and that God would remember them no more (Isaiah 43 v 25).

He also wrote that God would choose not to see the sin of man by choosing to place it behinds His back (Isaiah 38 v 17).

This was a promise that God was making, that there would come a day when sin would be paid for and sin would not be the blockage between man and God that it had become.

A day was promised where man and God would be reconciled and forgiveness would flow.

We will of course see in the next few DIGs that God kept this promise.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that your Word promised a day where we would be reconciled and where I would receive unconditional forgiveness”.

Isaiah 43 v 25…..I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins

DIG for Thursday the 19th of February…..has He paid for all sin or has He not…..1 John 2 v 2

So the doom and gloom merchants are at it again!

I read a “prophecy” this morning that God is sending an asteroid this year to crash into the Atlantic and cause a Tsunami and earthquake to punish the USA, killing over 40 million people.

The USA is to be punished by God because of the sins of the church.

Now for a start I thought that prophecy was meant to be encouraging, edifying and exhorting!

And Biblical truths can tell us that this type of “prophecy” is actually nonsense.

My Bible says that Jesus has already paid for all the sin of every person in the world (1 John 2 v 2).

My Bible says that forgiveness has flowed upon all mankind as the blood of Jesus flowed on the cross at Calvary (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

My Bible says that a day would come when God would remove the sin from His people and remember those sins no longer (Psalm 103 v 12 and Isaiah 43 v 25).

This was accomplished at the cross of Christ so we now live in those days, we live under grace and not under law (Romans 6 v 14 and 15 and Hebrews 10 v 17).

We live in a time when sin has already been dealt with (Hebrews 10 v 12 to 14).

If God were to now punish the USA because of sin He would be saying that the finished work of Jesus Christ was not actually enough, it would be the “not quite” finished work.

This type of “prophecy” does nothing but spread fear and anxiety and is not Biblical.

What are you going to believe; Biblical truth or a so-called prophet?

I’ll leave the choice up to you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that my sin and the sin of the whole world was dealt with through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross”.

1 John 2 v 2…..And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world

DIG for Friday the 13th of February…..unconditional forgiveness, there can be no argument…..Ephesians 1 v 7

In my message on Sunday I spoke about believers getting offended when I preached about unconditional forgiveness, mainly due to the fact that they did not love and understand the Word of God.

There are prophecies in the Old Testament telling us of a day when our sins will be forgiven (Psalm 103 v 12, Isaiah 43 v 25 and Isaiah 38 v 17).

In the Gospels we see Jesus displaying the forgiveness that comes from Father God (with the woman at the well and the woman taken in adultery for example).

At the crucifixion we see Jesus displaying forgiveness towards the thief who recognises Him as Lord (Luke 23 v 42 and 43).

In the epistles we see that forgiveness has been given through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We also see that Jesus has paid for all the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2) therefore brought forgiveness and reconciliation to all (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19).

In the epistles we also read that the flow of forgiveness came first from God so that we could then forgive others (Ephesians 4 v 32 and Colossians 3 v 13).

In Hebrews we read that Jesus dealt with all our sins and that God has chosen to remember them no more (Hebrews 1 v 3, 8 v 12 and 10 v 17).

The Old Testament prophesied what Jesus would do, the Gospels shows Him doing it and the New Testament confirms what He has done; sin has been dealt with and unconditional forgiveness has been showered upon all men.

Unfortunately all men do not receive the blessings and benefits of forgiveness, this only comes through salvation once a man has trusted and believed upon Jesus and His finished work.

But Scripture is very clear; forgiveness from God is unconditional for all men.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for your unconditional forgiveness”.

Ephesians 1 v 7…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace