“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (First
Today we want to talk about some of
the spiritual benefits of divine forgiveness through salvation in Jesus Christ.
God’s forgiveness does not come by our works, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God: Not of works,
lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8 and 9).
Christ paid the cost for our eternal redemption when he died on the cross for
the sins of the world. Romans 10: 9 and 10 tell us, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.” Forgiveness alone does not bring
salvation, but it opens the door. Salvation brings righteousness and
righteousness brings benefits because we have divine forgiveness through
In the natural
realm we are afforded certain benefits because of certain things that we have,
own or possess. In America,
we are entitled to certain benefits as citizens of the United States.
We have certain rights and privileges, such as freedom of religion, freedom of
speech, the right to due process under the law, the right to bear arms and the
right to vote. For those who have career level jobs or professions, they are
afforded the opportunity to partake in employee fringe benefits, such as free
health, medical or dental insurance. Paid sick leave, vacation leave and
holidays and retirement pensions.
In the spiritual
realm, we can rejoice in knowing that our spiritual blessings under divine
forgiveness through salvation in Christ out weights and out last any temporal
blessings. Let us look at some of our blessings under divine forgiveness in
Christ. Justification by faith is a blessing of righteousness. Justify means to
pronounce a person or thing free from guilt or blame.
justifies us by our faith in Christ. God declares a sinner righteous when the
sinner accepts Christ as his savior. Christ has borne the sinner’s sin on the
cross and has settled all the claims of the law. Justification comes from the
foundation of God’s grace (Titus 3:4-7). Romans 4:5 says, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the
ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Galatians 3:11 says, “But that No man is justified by the law in
the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith.”
Galatians 2:16 to says, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the
works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in
Jesus, that we might be justified by faith of Christ, and not by the works of
the law: for by the law shall no flesh be justified” Hebrews 11:4 and 5 declares, “By faith Abel offered unto God a more
excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was
righteous. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was
not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had
this testimony, that he pleased God.”
2:3-5 states, “And they come unto him,
bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could
not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and
when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy
lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, son, thy
sins be forgiven thee.” They were
justified for bringing the man there by their faith in Christ.
Peace with God is another blessing of
divine forgiveness. Peaceis a state
of calm or tranquility or quiet. It is freedom from disturbance or turbulence.
It is a harmonious relationship with God. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose
mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Luke 1:79 tells usChrist shall give “light to
them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into
the way of peace.” Philippians 4:7
says, “And the peace of God. Which
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
Do you have the peace of God in
your life? In your marriage? On your job? Are you faced with sickness or
terminal illness in your family? Bereaving the death of a love one?
Experiencing financial hardship? Job loss? Problems with your children?
Problems with the law? The blessing of forgiveness is peace. God forgives sin
through the saving power of His Son Jesus Christ. Come to him for forgiveness
Access by faith into God’s grace is also
a spiritual blessing of divine forgiveness through righteousness in God. Access
means having the availability of contact with a person, place or thing. Access
means having the freedom to be with or talk to or receive or give something to
someone, place or thing with no problems at all. Access is a doorway or
entrance to what we want or need.
Apostle John (First John 5:14 and15) says, “And
this is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask anything according
to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that hears us, whatsoever we ask, we
know that we have the petitions that we desire of him.” Here we learn that
access to God involves asking according to His will. We have access to temporal
things, our bank account, email account, internet websites, our houses,
offices, church buildings and business facilities.
from God’s wrath is a benefit of divine forgiveness through righteousness.
Wrath is a strong vengeful anger or indignation; retributory punishment for an
offense or crime; divine chastisement. Or it is the boiling agitation of the
feelings which will eventually subside or disappear or settle down into a more
abiding and a settled habit of mind with the purpose of revenge.
Thessalonians 1:10 says, “And to wait for
his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered
us from the wrath to come.” First
Thessalonians 5:9 says, “For God hath not
appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Revelation 6:15-17 states, “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and
the chief captains, and the mighty men and every bondman, and every free man,
hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the
mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth
on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is
come; and who shall be able to stand?”
Atonement is a blessing of
divine forgiveness through Christ Jesus. Atonement is the covering over sin,
the reconciliation between God and man, accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is that special result of Christ’s sacrificial sufferings and death by
virture of which all who exercise proper penitence and faith receive
forgiveness of their sins and obtain peace.
30:15, 16 says, “The rich shall not give
more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an
offering unto the Lord, to make atonement for your souls. And thou shalt take
the atonement money of the children of Israel and shalt appoint it for service
of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the
children of Israel before the Lord, to make atonement for your souls.”
Will you receive your eternal
benefits today under divine forgiveness from God? Will you have your sins forgiven today? Will
you accept God’s atonement for your sins through the finished work of His only
begotten Son, Jesus Christ? Jesus paid the price for your redemption when he
died on the cross for you and me. Will you reap the benefits that come through
having your sins blotted out and your name written in the Lamb’s book of life?
Will you accept the righteousness of God? Acknowledge that all have sinned and
come short of the glory of God.
Bishop R. McPherson, Ed. D.
Faith Christian Temple Church
July 22, 2018