Assurance of Forgiveness (2 of 4) by Stephen Whitney

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Assurance of Forgiveness (2 of 4)
Series: Sayings from the Cross
Stephen Whitney
Luke 23:39-43

God has always forgiven our sins based on our faith. In the OT it was in bringing an animal sacrifice as their substitute and in the NT it is in the person of Jesus Christ who died in our place.

In the Gospels Jesus forgave people their sins based on their faith in him as the promised Messiah who God had sent to die for them. Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw the faith of the men who let their friend down through a hole in the roof for him to heal him Jesus said, ''Man, your sins are forgiven you.''

Luke 7:50 When a sinful woman wept tears on Jesus' feet and then wiped his feet with her hair he said, ''Your faith has saved you.''

In both stories Jesus forgave their sins because in coming to him they demonstrated their faith that he was the promised Messiah. Our sins are forgiven based on our faith that Jesus is the Savior. We have assurance our sins are forgiven because Jesus promised that those who believe in him as their Savior are forgiven.

Joseph Caryl wrote, ''The greatest thing that we can desire, next to the glory of God, is our own salvation; and the sweetest thing we can desire is the assurance of our salvation.''

I John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

Assurance of salvation is based on your conviction that the death of Jesus for your sins is all God requires for you to be forgiven.

REVILED CHRIST :39

One of the two criminals (:32) also began to taunt Jesus like the religious leaders and soldiers were doing. Our sinful nature naturally tempts us to join others in attacking an innocent person. The evil influence in one person brings out the evil in another.

Railed - Gk. blasphemed meaning to slander or to speak against. It is to make light of something that should be taken seriously. There it is bitter sarcasm directed against Jesus because he doesn't ...


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