Pray God’s Forgiveness – Discover Hidden Grace

Do you want to know the reality of a sad truth? I’m not sure you can take it. Except for the vaccination, God has to offer, you will not be able to win the war against this disease. The battle we fight is far worse that the Corona Virus.

We are waging a spiritual battle. The outbreak is worse than pandemic. Arrows from the Devil afflict us from without and within. Surely sin-sickness is both our fault and the fault of the father of all lies, Satan. We have greater victory in Christ.

Accessing the greater victory in Christ is a gift. But it requires something on our part. It’s a paradox you see. We cannot save ourselves. But New Testament Scripture also tells us in no uncertain words,

“So that, my beloved, as you always obey, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who is working in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13 LSV)

Practically speaking you and I sin – we sin a lot. Too much and too often. I’m going to presuppose something out you my reader. I’m going to assume you are a Christian. The model prayer, which Jesus taught His disciples in training says to pray

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

Perhaps, disagreement is among the scholars about what the debts are in this reference, but we cannot move past verses 13 and 14 without gaining some context. And I am not a debating preacher. I do not pretend to be some great theologian. All I want to produce is mere Christianity from pure biblical investigation.

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15 KJV).

The term debts in verse 12 contextually refers to the trespasses in 14-15. Here is how the International Standard Version reads, “forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. (Matthew 6:12 ISV) The term trespass does not have in mind trespassing someone’s land or property. It’s more like offending your neighbor because of some act of sinful behavior.

Receiving graceful forgiveness from God. Grace is free. But grace is conditional, as we see here. If we deny our guilt we deceive ourselves and 1 John 1:8 declares us to be void of truth.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10 NKJV)

We must confess three facts. One we sin against God. Two is like it — we must be willing to admit we sin against other people. Third, we sin against ourselves.

Our war is not one of bullets and guns but spiritual forces in a realm visible through faith. We walk our life journey by this faith and not by the light of our temporal vision. (See 2 Corinthians 5:7). The invisible realm is where the battle between good and evil is waging. We may carry scars from our duels with the Devil. But the sword of our salvation binds him with a great chain.

Sinning against God is to willingly transgress one of the commandments of God. For instance, Hebrews 11:6 in the Literal Standard Version reads, “apart from faith it is impossible to please [Him], for it is required of him who is coming to God to believe that He exists and [that] He becomes a rewarder to those seeking Him.”

The unbeliever has zero hope while he remains without faith. Paul may have had this doubter in mind when he wrote in Romans 10:9, 

“that if you may confess with your mouth that Jesus [is] Lord, and may believe in your heart that God raised Him out of the dead, you will be saved” (LSV).

The unbeliever is as liable to believe and follow Scriptures, Hebrews 11:6 and Romans 10:9, as any Christian is. The consequence of not following is everlastingly accursed. Sinning against our fellow person is to violate the second greatest commandment in the Bible. Recall when Jesus says to the young rich fellow who asks what he may do to have an everlasting life. The Lord says to him,

“You will love the LORD your God out of all your heart, and out of all your soul, and out of all your strength, and out of all your understanding, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27 LSV)

This fellow was unwilling to part with everything he owned to help those less blessed than he. And he walked away sad. How much are we willing to sacrifice for the way of salvation, if Jesus calls us to do it?

All too often we can sin against ourselves. Yes, that’s correct. Against ourselves. Drunkenness, fornication, drug addictions, and essentially any carnal indulgence that causes one to lose self-control or injures one’s health is a sin against the self.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not be inheriting the kingdom of God? Do not be misled. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor pedophiles, nor homosexuals, 10 nor the greedy ones, nor thieves, nor drunkards, not revilers, not ravening ones, will be inheriting the kingdom of God. 11 And some of you were these, but you yourselves fully-washed away these sins, but you were made holy, but you were made righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 MLV 2020)

The passage above distinguishes between the life you lived before you became a Christian from the simple grace available to you now. It also says how conversion takes place. You fully-washed away these sins. Jesus teaches His disciples to pray, “Forgive us our sins.” The prayer Jesus is teaching assumes already converted disciples. Paul, an apostle, explains the meaning and mode of “fully-washing” away sins.

“And now, why do you linger? Having risen, immerse yourself, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of the Lord. (Acts 22:16 LSV)

Know your guilt. Confess your guilt. Convert to God and live for the Lord of life.

“Convert, therefore, and turn back, for your sins being blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord (20) and He may send Jesus Christ who before has been preached to you” (Acts 3:19-20 LSV)

Hidden grace is exclusive. The mysterious gospel is revealed to every nation under the sun, by the preaching of the Word. Take your Bible in hand to read Romans 16:25-26. Now that you and I are aware of our negative guilt. I do hope you have read to the end of the article. Let us ask God to forgive us. Then, we can be confident God does what God will in His sovereignty do. God says He will forgive. Jehovah never breaks a promise. You be a graceful person to those around you too.

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