Scripture Reading: Acts 13:14-42
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
What we do:
Transgression—revolt, rebellion, trespass. Sin—offence. Iniquity—perversity, depravity, moral evil, mischief.
What God does:
Forgiven—bear, carry, take. Covered—conceal, clothe, hide. Imputeth not—charge, think, count, reckon, treat accordingly.
No guile—deceit, insincerity.
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power [authority] on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.7 And he arose, and departed to his house.8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled [were afraid], and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
Seeing their faith—they let him down thru the roof.
Blasphemeth—claiming a power only God has. Easier—healing the guy is divine power too, if He can do the visible thing, He can do the invisible thing.
Arose—it worked! Therefore Jesus has power to forgive sins.
--people are more impressed with miracles than with ability to forgive sins! Miracles merely pointed to this greater power.
--implies sin was against Him
--implies power with God
Luke 7:44-50—sinful woman anoints Jesus, parable of who appreciates forgiveness more.
And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Sins many—more than Pharisees. More than Peter knew of himself.
Loved much—the reality of knowing you are forgiven results in love for the one who forgives. If you love me keep my commandments, not merely sentimental love. She gave her richest possession to Him.
Pharisees view of the woman—vs. 39, “This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.”
--they still see her sin; Jesus does not as they are forgiven.
Go in peace—literally—go into peace, go reside in it.
Does it blow your mind that Christ can forgive sins?
How do you know you’re forgiven? You love/serve the Lord, new life, you forgive others.
How can He do this—through His blood.
Colossians 1:10-14—forgiveness is to change our behavior, not excuse it.
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins
Walk worthy—true knowledge of God means doing what God desires, have His life reproduced in us. Fruitful—the true test of whether you are pleasing God.
Strengthened—how do you know God’s power is working in you? Joyful longsuffering and thanksgiving. Made us meet—qualified us for. Darkness—spiritual blindness, hatred, misery. Forgiveness—freedom, liberty, pardon.
--Forgiveness is the beginning of redemption; resurrection is the completion.
Ephesians 1:7-- In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace
Redemption—delivered from guilt and power of sin, not just from its punishment but from its enslaving power. Through His blood—the instrument