by Stephen Whitney

Forgiven Forever
Stephen Whitney
Jeremiah 31:31-34

In the criminal world crimes are divided into two categories:
called misdemeanors or felonies. A misdemeanor is defined
as a crime which is punishable with jail time for up to one year.
A felony is defined as a crime which is punishable with jail time
for more than a year.

While working as a court-appointed attorney, Emory Potter
was assigned a client who had been accused of criminal trespass meaning he entered a property where he was not allowed to be.
When Mr. Potter probed his client with some general background questions he asked if he had any pervious arrests or convictions.

The man ashamedly said, "Yes, sir. I've got quite a few."
The thorough attorney then asked, "Any felonies?" The man indignantly replied, "No, sir! I specialize in misdemeanors!"

While we acknowledge the truth of Romans 3:23 that we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God we can tend to think that our sins are not serious because we have not hurt others so they are really just small sins in the eyes of God.

The truth is that in the eyes of God one sin is just as evil as another sin because any sin makes us guilty before God so we need to be forgiven before we can have a relationship with him.

Sin is breaking any of the laws of God so we stand guilty before him. The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 make no distinction between one sin or another. Breaking any one is just as bad as breaking any other one. When we sin we need to be forgiven.

Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) question 30 states:
"God does not leave all men to perish in the estate of sin and misery, into which they fell by the breach of the first covenant;
but of his love and mercy delivers his elect out of it and brings them into an estate of salvation by the second covenant."
Future Promise :31
I will means that God would be the one to establish the covena ...

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