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For Smart People
Who Do Not Want To Be Dummies
About God and the Bible
(Parts I, II, III)
By J. George Cover
Lesson 7 - What About Forgiveness? (Text Version)
Scripture References: Psalm 32:1; Acts 5:29-42; 13:38-39; 26:18; Ephesians 1:7; Mark 3:28-29; Psalm 51.
Forgiveness of Our Sins by God.
Why Is Forgiveness Important and Necessary?
- Because we have all sinned against and have offended God, our creator and judge.
- Because we are guilty and deserve God's punishments for our sins.
- Because we are in danger of dying in our sins and then there is no hope for ever and ever.
- Because we are in danger of everlasting punishment.
"These shall go away into everlasting punishment
but the righteous unto eternal life"
(Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).
- Because without God's forgiveness and cleansing from our sins we cannot go to Heaven when we leave this world.
- Because we are in danger in getting used to and set in our ways and our hearts become hardened toward God to where we will never listen to God and change.
Some Bible Examples of People in Need of Forgiveness.
Joseph (Genesis 50:15-21)
Joseph had been sold by his brothers to slave traders who brought him to Egypt and sold him to the captain of Pharaoh's guard. It is quite an interesting story told in Genesis, chapters 37-50. Joseph eventually became ruler of Egypt next to Pharaoh. There came a severe famine to that part of the world and Joseph's brothers came to Egypt to buy corn. They did not recognize Joseph but Joseph recognized them. He had his whole family (70 persons) move to Egypt and took care of them. By and by their father Jacob died and with Pharaoh's permission was taken back to his homeland for burial. The brothers, knowing their father was dead thought Joseph might now get revenge on them. Read the story of their asking forgiveness and receiving it from Joseph in Genesis 50:15-21.
Israel after making and worshipping a golden calf (Exodus 32).
"The Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them and I will make you a great nation" (Exodus 32:9-10).
After going down from the mount of God and seeing the situation, verses 31-33 read:
"And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if you will forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray you, out of your book which you have written. And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever has sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto you: behold, my Angel shall go before you: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them. And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made."
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