Bible Ballistics: BBs #280 Are You Forgivable???
Our title today may seem to be a little strange but as we talked last week about being “teachable”, I’d like us to consider being “forgivable”. Why? Because to be forgivable, we must realize that we are in need of forgiveness. If we have never realized or recognized our sin as sin, why would we need to be forgiven? To receive the salvation that God has provided through Jesus, a person must recognize that they are lost and sinful without Him. If we never see our own sinfulness, why would we even need a Savior? That’s one of the reasons that I spend so much time talking about “sin”; because until and unless we see our sin we are most unlikely to see any need for forgiveness!
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
And Isaiah also reminds us that while we are all sinners, God already had the solution!
“All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed,
and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth:
he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation?
for he was cut off out of the land of the living:
for the transgression of my people
was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death;
because he had done no violence,
neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him;
he hath put him to grief:
when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
he shall see his seed,
he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper
in his hand.” Isaiah 53:6-10
The solution to sin—Jesus the Redeemer, the Lamb of God, the “sacrifice” for sin—a sinless perfect “Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (See John 1:29)! Jesus came to be the cure for the fatal disease of sin.
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
And while Jesus came to die for our sin, and the love of God is totally unconditional—there is a condition to HIS forgiveness! Jesus! And without forgiveness there is no life!
“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world;
but that the world
might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him
is not condemned:
but he that believeth not
is condemned already,
because he hath not believed
in the name
of the only begotten
Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness
rather than light,
because their deeds were evil.” John 3:16-19
So what is God telling us? That Jesus is the only way to receive the forgiveness of God for our own sin. But as I said earlier, unless a person sees his or her own sin, there is little desire to seek Jesus. But when God speaks to a heart through His Holy Spirit and brings the conviction of sin, and that person realizes that Jesus is the only cure for the fatal disease of sin—then and only then will they come to Jesus. And when we realize all that God’s grace through the blood of Jesus has done, how can we help but love and serve this One who gave HIS all that we might have life?
So what is your answer to our title question? Are you “forgivable” or do you see yourself as “good enough” to stand before God? It’s a question that only you can answer, but one that is of eternal import. And when we receive the forgiveness and grace of God it will show.
“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.” Luke 7:47-50
Faith in the One who died for MY sin. How about you, are your sins forgiven?