Forgiveness is one of the misunderstood subject in Christianity yet it’s one of the most important aspect of Christianity. It is the starting point; I call it the base line or the foundation of Christianity.
How many knows that when you build a house and your foundation is not good. The house you are building may fall or not necessary fall but it will give you problems. No matter how beautiful and strong the rest of the house is, if the foundation is not good that house has the risk of falling.
If we can have a proper foundation in our Christian life, we all know that Christ is our foundation there is no other foundation. Have you asked yourself questions such as how are your sins forgiven, most people know this one. The problem starts when we take it farther and ask such questions as how much of your sins are forgiven, to what extent are they forgiven some believe that only sins that they confess and those you commit unintentionally are forgiven.
My question is simple, what happens to those you did not confess and also those you did intentionally? Are you still going to be judge for those sins; or is God still punishing us for our sins.
Before we go to forgiveness, we must establish who needs forgiveness. Why you need forgiveness. Forgiveness is an act of pardoning an offender. Forgiving is to stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong), to stop blaming someone, to stop feeling anger about something, to stop requiring payment for offense committed. The Greek word translated forgive means ‘let go’.
In the bible context you are an offender when you disobey God and do what is contrary to word of God, it is called sin. Adam and Eve, the first man and woman who were created by God disobeyed God when they ate a fruit that they were told not to eat. The story is found on Genesis; I believe we all know the story.
Secondly the Israelites were given the law at Mount Sanai after they have left Egypt that they were supposedly to keep. When you broke the law, you have disobeyed God and you sinned. Now there is a gap that we need to close.
The bible says where there is no law sin is not held against the offender. The point I’m making here is that between Adam and Mount Sanai people sinned but there was no law given. Let’s take the story of the two sons of Adam, Cain and Abel. Cain sinned when he killed but the law was not given yet.
How can we say Cain sinned when he did not break any law? I am in no way saying that he did not sin but I want to take you step by step to understand sin in the word of God and who are sinners according to the word.
Let’s go deeper on this one, we all know that God destroyed the whole earth in the times of Noah because of sin. What sin did they do? They lived before the law was given but the bible say they did great sin.
Again we all know the story of Sodom and Gomora, they did all kinds of sin but what law did they break because they also lived years before the law was given. It was during the time of Abraham when Sodom and Gomora were destroyed. The bible is very clear that Abraham lived 430 years before the law was given. Stay with me here, I am not suggesting in any way that that they did not sin.
Whether we under the law or not we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We are all sinners. When we believed in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are born again and born righteous. All our past, present and future sins are forgiven to all who believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our Savior.
Now we forgive because we are already forgiven. In the Lords prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray and say, ‘forgive those who trespass against us, as we forgiven.
Remember the bible tells us that Jesus was born under the old covenant to redeem those who were born under the law. In the old covenant, you had to forgive first, to be forgiven.
After the cross where Jesus had died the new covenant was established, Jesus say through Paul, ‘now we forgive because we already been forgiven. Divine exchange occur at the cross.