Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1
Jesus Christ lost His life, fruit of that is our forgiveness of sins.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Chosen—salvation in Christ was the plan before foundation of world, with the intent that we have changed character. Predestinated—ordained that all who believe should be sons of God.
Redemption—loosing from bondage. Forgiveness—release from bondage, to let go. Set free.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
God’s elect—those in Christ ordained to be holy and without blame. Forbearing—what is present. Forgiving—what is past. We are in Christ, thus we do as Christ does, and Christ forgives.
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
Take heed—watch yourself. Rebuke—censure, admonish. Forgive—bid farewell, let go, disregard, divorce, put away. Increase—constant forgiveness strains faith.
--same process the Lord works by—conviction, repentance, repeated forgiveness.
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
As long as forgiveness is needed and sought, you should offer it. Who is my neighbor? Where is the line where I don’t have to forgive anymore?
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
Huge amount of money representing our huge offense against God and our inability to repay. Fell down and worshipped—bowed, did obeisance. Does our sin do that to us? Compassion—sympathy, pity. Loosed—freed him from debtors prison. Forgave—cancelled the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Small amount he beats him for. Fellowservants—not master to slave, but to servants on equal footing. those who observed the unrighteous response. Not anger or judgment, but sorrow.
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
His pardon was retracted due to his unforgiving response to his own forgiveness. God works same way—debt may be replaced! Faith works by love: no love; no faith thus no justification.