FORGIVENESS IN THE KINGDOM GOSPEL & FORGIVENESS IN THE GRACE GOSPEL - By Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Mark 11:25-26, Ephesians 4:30-32
The power of forgiveness of sin is, and always has been, in God's hands; but He has not always dealt with the process in precisely the same manner. Under the kingdom economy, the stated condition is recorded thusly in the words of Christ to His disciples: "When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive your trespasses. But if Ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses" (Mark 11:25-26). "Forgive, andye shall be forgiven" (Luke 6:37). When teaching His disciples how to pray, He said, "Forgive us bur debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12). The condition is clear: forgive, so that God can forgive you. Such was forgiveness under the kingdom gospel.
We today are not under the kingdom gospel but the Gospel of the Grace of God! Our instruction from the risen Lord Jesus Christ comes to us through the apostle to the Gentiles, by the name of Paul. "Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake HATH FORGIVEN YOU" (Ephesians 4:32). "In whom [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7). "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together ~th Him, having forgiven you all trespasses" (Colossians 2:13).
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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