Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15 that if we aren’t willing to give forgiveness to others, He won’t forgive us. Aren’t we already forgiven by faith in Christ alone?
Regarding Matthew 6, Jesus is speaking temporally, not eternally. Notice the context:
Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Jesus said if we forgive someone, then the Lord will forgive us. Jesus equates the two types of forgiveness. God’s forgiveness of us is contingent on our forgiving others. As we try to understand Jesus’ words, we must first remember that we have no power over the eternal fate of another person, for Christ alone is our Judge: Continue reading
The consequences for our spirit – Our Spirit is Sinless ROMANS 6 – Part 3
In the meantime your spirit has been freed from sin. It is literally sinless while our body continues to be enslaved to sin. And this in-between state of existence requires we adopt a new attitude and perspective.
Romans 6:8-11 (NKJV)
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon (consider) yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now Paul is drawing an analogy between what was true for Christ and what is true for us. To get it in your heads right you have to understand what he is saying about Jesus first. Paul says, “We” have died with Christ. We know our spirit has died with Christ but our body has yet to die. Therefore, he says, if our spirit died with Christ we believe our body will live with Him too. Jesus had His own spirit condemned on the cross and shortly after that His body died as well. Then His body was raised from the dead never to die again. So Paul says that pattern in Christ will be our pattern as well. Continue reading
God’s Salvation By Faith (Part 2 of The Sufficiency of Christ’s Righteousness)
ROMANS 5 (cont.)
We endure suffering for His name sake, in whatever form it comes. Paul says as trials come and we endure them, perseverance becomes a product of that. Why do you persevere in the face of trials? Why don’t you let it get you down or discourage you or put an end to your walk with Christ? Because of what you just read. It exaggerates your hope in what is coming after it. And as we persevere in that way, Paul says that perseverance grows our spiritual character. Strengthening our resolve all the more so the development of spiritual character through trials is the blessing God gives to the believer because that character growth lasts into eternity and it’s the basis of our reward. James says, count it all joy brethren when you face various trials and he goes on to explain the effect of those trials and you will end up with being perfect, complete, lacking nothing, speaking of your reward in the kingdom.. A persecuted church in general is a strong and growing church while a comfortable church is a weak and lethargic church. Continue reading
God Has A Plan To Justify The Ungodly
Abraham believed the promise God gave him concerning Isaac because Abraham trusted in the Lord to be faithful concerning His word. And so it was Abraham’s faith in the trustworthiness of God that lead him to believe. And by that faith, God was pleased to credit Abraham with righteousness.
Romans 4:3-5 (NKJV) **
3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
** All scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.
This is the same process for anyone who is saved by the grace of God at any point in history. When a person receives a promise from God, and that person places faith (belief ) in God to fulfill that promise. They expect what has been promised will come to pass, and they put aside all doubt. The future promise of God is as certain as is the history of yesterday because we know the One Who promised is faithful to keep His word. As the writer of Hebrews says: Continue reading