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The Flow of Forgiveness (3 of 4)
Series: New Life
In our sermon series called ''New Life'', we are talking about all the things pertaining to this new life we have in Christ. What distinguishes Christianity from all other religions is that the Son of God has come to us to bring us a new life and that new life is in us. He is in us. The Holy Spirit is in us. We haven't decided to follow a new way or a particular doctrine, no, the LIVING GOD is resident within us and we are living in a NEW LIFE. Romans 8:10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Last week we ended the message with the following scripture
John 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, ''Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.'' 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ''Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.''
This scripture is taking place after Jesus rose from the dead and He is commissioning His disciples. The words that someone speaks before they depart from you are the words that they want to leave you with. Jesus wanted these words to stick with the disciples. It is peculiar that the very first words after He says ''Receive ye the Holy Ghost'' are ''IF YOU FORGIVE…''
Jesus breathed on the disciples the very breath of God, the life of God, the Spirit of God in order that they may continue the work of Jesus in the earth. What is the work that Jesus came to do?
It was announced at His birth, ''For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a SAVIOR, who is Christ the Lord.'' The Babe in Bethlehem was announced not as the son of Mary and Joseph, not as a King (even though He is), not as a great person that many would follow, no He was announced as the SAVIOR. The account of the angel visiting Joseph in Matthew 1:
20 But while he thought about ...
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