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Point One                                                                                                                               Page 1

Point Two                                                                                                                               Page 2

Point Three                                                                                                                            Page 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DOCTRINE OF FORGIVENESS

                        We begin our study of this important doctrine with a definition.

Forgiveness means to give up resentment, excuse a guilty party, to release from payment, to forget an offense never bringing it up again not even to discuss it.

The principle of a legal pardon is no different from the principle of a personal pardon and forgiveness.  This means that if someone asks for your forgiveness, and in honor you forgive them, then integrity and loyalty to doctrine demands that you forget whatever was done against you.  It also means that you never again recall what the individual has done to you or penalize the individual for doing so. 

Remember the principle: Arrogance has no ability to forgive.

If you desire to know how many times you should forgive someone, Luke 17:4 says "If someone sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him."

So Point One is our definition of forgiveness.


Point 2.  The ultimate expression of forgiveness was the Cross of Christ.

The greatest illustration of forgiveness is the cross itself, where all the personal sins of the human race were imputed to our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.  God the Father judged every one of those sins in Christ. 

This was why our Lord cried out, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"

By His work on the cross, The Lord Jesus Christ opened up the way for God the Father to forgive us.

Ephesians 1:7.  "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,"

The principle here is the fact that our sins have been paid for so we must respect the "payment" i.e. the blood or the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  Therefore, "ultimately" when people sin, they sin against God.

This is why David said in Psalm 51:4, after he sinned with Bathshiba and later murdered Uriah,  "Against Thee, Thee only I have sinned, and done what is evil in Thy sight,"

We do not have the right to remain angry or bitter toward someone who has legitimately wronged us or hurt us because Christ paid for that sin and they really have sinned against God even though it may have been directed toward us.  And this is why not forgiving others is actually to sin against God.


Point 3, Scripture Passages on Forgiveness.

The pattern for such pardon and forgiveness is found in Isaiah 43:25. "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake (because of My honor and integrity).  Furthermore, I will not remember your sin."

This pattern of forgiveness is applied to the believer as part of the Royal Family Honor Code[1], Colossians 3:13.  "Bearing one another and forgiving each other.  Whoever has a complaint against anyone else, just as the Lord forgave you, so also you should forgive others."*

Now bear in mind, you do this because it's to your own benefit!

When you can bear with people, put up with them, tolerate them,

and have patience with them, this may not benefit them at all however, it will benefit you tremendously.

How?

You will not let them get to you.  Therefore, no mental attitude sins.

No sins of the tongue.*[2] No overt sins.

Ephesians 4:32.  "Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ has also forgiven you."

This command is for the believer who has attained spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, and spiritual maturity. 


This describes the spiritual winner.  He is tender-hearted and forgives others on the basis of the fact that God has forgiven him.

Mark 11:25  "And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions."

Colossians 2:13.  "And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,"

1John 2:12.  "I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake."

Notice that it is for His name sake that our sins have been forgiven.

Point 4, An example of forgiveness; The story of Joseph.

Joseph was thrown into the pit by his brothers because his brothers were jealous of him.  Joseph was a victim of great injustice but it became a part of God's perfect plan for his life.

He was thrown into a pit, and sold as a slave.  The world is filled with acts of injustice and only the grace of God and understanding our subject of forgiveness can get you through.

Joseph had a change of circumstances but not a change of God's grace support. 

Let me give you a quick summary of what happened to Joseph.

1. Joseph was thrown into the pit by his brothers which was a part of God's plan for his life, which he failed to recognize, Genesis 37:1-24.


2. Joseph was sold to a caravan, which just so happened to be coming by, and the caravan took Joseph to Egypt, God's geographical will for Joseph, Genesis 37:25-36.  He had a change of environment and circumstances but it did not hinder his spiritual growth.

3. Joseph then became a servant to Potiphar, who was an officer of Pharaoh, and Joseph learned that God can provide prosperity in any situation, Genesis 39:2-6. Joseph was totally prosperous while a slave.

That's because God can bless you in one geographical area as much as in another geographical area.

4. Joseph was then tempted many times by his Potiphar's wife to have sex with her, and he passed the test magnificently, Genesis 39:7-10.

5. Potiphar's wife reacted against the rejection by Joseph and falsely accused Joseph of trying to seduce her, and this was a total act of injustice, Genesis 39:11-18.

6. Potiphar believed his wife and threw Joseph into the dungeon for his second "pit" experience, Genesis 39:19-20.

7. In Genesis 40:1-4, Potiphar abuses his authority and gives Joseph double duties as a slave to two aristocrats in the Egyptian prison.  The normal Egyptian policy was to give each aristocrat his own slave.

And if you are ever going to grow up spiritually, you must learn how to handle being mistreated by others.

8. However, in Genesis 40:14-15, Joseph fails again by relying on man rather than the Lord and the two men both forget to help Joseph in his prison experience.

Now, all of this is the background to our subject of one of the greatest illustrations of forgiveness in the Bible.


In Genesis 45:1, Joseph's brothers, unknowingly, are begging Joseph for some help and food for the famine.  After putting his brothers through certain tests, Joseph discovered that their attitude toward each other had changed.  He saw that the brothers finally had love for each other and love for their father.

So notice Joseph's attitude in Genesis 45:1, "Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, "have everyone go out from me." so there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers." 

Genesis 45:2-3  "And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.  Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?" but his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. 

They were totally shocked.

Genesis 45:4   "Then Joseph said to his brothers, "please come closer to me." and they came closer. And he said, "I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt." 

Notice his humility and his gentleness after being so mistreated.  This is truly an act of graciously forgiving each other.  He brings their fears and worries right to the surface by stating what they lived in fear of, the fact that they sold him into slavery.

Genesis 45:5.  "And now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life." 

Notice, no bitterness, no resentment, no anger, no spite.  Just unconditional love and total forgiveness.  And this is why Joseph has been promoted by God.


So in Genesis 45:6-7, Joseph goes on to say,  "For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.  And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance." 

Genesis 45:8.  "Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh and Lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt." 

Don't blame yourself, God has turned the curse into a blessing!

Gen 45:9  "Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, 'thus says your son Joseph," God has made me Lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 

 

Gen 45:10  "And you shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have. 

Gen 45:11  "There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, lest you and your household and all that you have be impoverished."

Gen 45:12  "And behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is speaking to you. 

 

Gen 45:13  "Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here." 


 

Gen 45:14  Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept; and Benjamin wept on his neck. 

 


Gen 45:15   And he kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him. 

 

Now, go forward to Gen 47:11, and notice what true and gracious forgiveness will do.

Gen 47:11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had ordered. 

Gen 47:12  And Joseph provided his father and his brothers and all his father's household with food, according to their little ones. 

Now, what about the past and the all the things that Joseph's brothers did against him?

Prin-When God blesses and God promotes, the disasters, tragedies, and heartaches of life are all blotted out.

So great is the blessing from God that the bad times are completely forgotten.

So, in Gen 50:15, Joseph's father Jacob has died!

Gen 50:15  When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "what if Joseph should bear a grudge against us and pay us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!" 

In all of these years of seeing how God has blessed Joseph through grace and through B.D., they still have not learned a thing!


Joseph's brothers have learned absolutely nothing from the principles which are found in the life of Joseph.

The brothers are believers, but they are losers!

Furthermore, they are in self-induced misery, they are actually making their own unhappiness!

They had one of the greatest illustrations of forgiveness before them but they still did not learn!

So they actually think that Joseph will do to them what they have done to him!

Prin-Joseph's brothers assume that Jacob's death will remove Joseph's restraint and tolerance of them and that he will seek revenge.

Second prin-The brothers judged Joseph by assigning to him their own flaws, their own sins, and their own weaknesses.

You see they are losers and that's exactly what they would do.........

              

And they are thinking that Joseph is like them!

They would not have forgiven anyone for doing to them as they had done to Joseph.

Remember what are our Lord said in Mat 7:12 "Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them,"


Prin-Believers who are losers always assign to others their own flaws, sins, and failures!

They are the ones who bear grudges!

They are the ones who seek revenge!

They are the ones who would pay back others who treated them wrongly.

So they actually think that Joseph will do to them what they have done to him!

They assume that Jacob's death will remove Joseph's restraint and tolerance of them and that he will seek revenge.

Gen 50:16   So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, "your father charged before he died, saying,  Now, this is a lie!

Gen 50:17  'Thus you shall say to Joseph, "please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong."' and now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father. "And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 

Notice that Joseph wept!

Why did he weep?

Well, first of all they attacked his motives and maligned his character and they still have not learned that Joseph is a man with character and integrity!


They had so little understanding of God's matchless grace.

Gen 50:18  Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, "behold, we are your servants." 

Gen 50:19 But Joseph said to them, "do not be afraid, for am I in God's place? 

 

And there it is!

He was in God's place or the place God had for him in life!

Joseph, long ago, had put the matter in the Lord's hands!

Gen 50:20 "And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. 

Gen 50:21 "So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." so he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. 

Notice his grace orientation, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones." so he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. 

Please notice in vs 21, Joseph has no intention of ever seeking revenge.

He is a visible hero, a spiritual champion!


He is functioning under doctrinal orientation plus grace orientation!

So, Joseph forgave them long ago!

Joseph did not feel threatened by his brothers or by the injustices of the past. 

Joseph did not, in any way, take vengeance upon his brothers. 

Joseph did not feel threatened by his brothers or by the injustices of the past. 

He was not in any way handicapped because he had a "difficult childhood" and a disastrous youth. 

Environment is not the issue; the issue is God's timing.

He deferred any punishment that might come to them to the wisdom of the sovereignty of God.

Joseph operated in the character and nature of God defined for us in Psa 78:28!

Psa 78:38  "But he, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them;

Joseph also knew the principle of Psa 130:3-4,  "If thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou may be respected."


Joseph knew the principle of Pro 16:6  By grace and truth iniquity (faults, evils) is forgiven.

Joseph also knew the principle behind Dan 9:9  To God belongs mercy and forgiveness

To have forgiveness toward others we've got to know God!

It is through occupation with TLJC that we develop a capacity to forgive.

Psa 119:165 says  Great peace have they that love the Torah i.e. doctrine, nothing shall offend them or make them stumble

Usually when people are offended, they harbor resentment and will not forgive!

This was not true about Joseph!

And being offended reveals your lack of love toward God's word!

So Point 1, Definition of Forgiveness.

Point 2, the ultimate expression of forgiveness was the cross of Christ.

Point 3, Scripture Passages on Forgiveness.

Point 4, One of the greatest illustrations of forgiveness is the story of Joseph.


Point 5, There are actually two forgivenesses which have to do with your relationship with God.

A. First, there is salvation forgiveness for eternal life.

This is the principle behind such passages as

Col 2:13.

Col 2:13   And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He [God the Father] made you alive together with Him [Jesus Christ], having forgiven us all our transgressions,

The first phrase, "when you were dead in your transgressions" is a reference to spiritual death prior to salvation for the Gentile unbeliever. 

The second phrase, "and the uncircumcision of your flesh" is for the Jewish unbeliever. 

Circumcision was supposed to be a religious advantage under the Mosaic Law, but that advantage is gone during the Church age.

"having forgiven us all our transgressions" is the Greek participle charizomai, which is generally used for the forgiveness related to pre-salvation sins. 

It means to give graciously in the field of forgiveness. 

It also means to pardon, to remit as a grace gift.


The blotting our of our pre-salvation sins is explained by Isa 43:25, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions and will not remember your sins."

Or Isa 44:22, "I have blotted out as a cloud your transgressions and as a cloud your sins."

Col 2:14  "Having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of the decrees against us, which were hostile to us and he has taken it out of the way and nailed it to his cross."

The certificate of debt against us goes back to all our personal sins programmed by God the Father into the divine decrees in eternity past.

God has taken our sins out of the way from being a barrier to having a relationship with Him.

This is salvation forgiveness for the eternal state!

And it qualifies us for a resurrection body in the eternal state.

B. The second type of forgiveness is postsalvation forgiveness for your spiritual life in time.

1Jo 1:9  "If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and righteous, with the result that he forgives us our sins [known sins] and purifies us from all wrongdoing [unknown sins]."

Here we have the Greek word aphiemi, used for the forgiveness of post-salvation sins. 


Aphiemi means to remove guilt, release from penalty and give righteousness.

It is the word used in Mar 2:10, where our Lord said, "The Son of man has power to forgive sins"

So it means to remove guilt, release from penalty and give righteousness.

And this means that those believers who are guilty have not experienced God's forgiveness.

And that's because divine forgiveness removes sin and the effects of sin and then imparts righteousness.

And in Eph 1:7, we are told that this all comes from grace, "we have forgiveness according to the riches of His grace" (we don't deserve it or earn it).

This type of forgiveness was prophesied in the O.T. in Jer 31:34, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

It is also noted in Heb 10.

Heb 10:14  For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

Heb 10:15  And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,


Heb 10:16  "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws upon their heart, and upon their mind I will write them," He then says,

Heb 10:17 "and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."

Heb 10:18  Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.

Psa 86:5 comments on this when it says, "For Thou, Lord art good, and ready to forgive [callach - let go completely forever]".

So, sin is forgiven experientially in time by acknowledgement as in 1Jo 1:9.

Jer 3:13  "Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God"

And He has not only provided forgiveness for sin but also forgiveness for the guilt that we experience when we do sin.

Psa 32:5  "I acknowledged my sin to Thee, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"; and Thou did forgive the "guilt" of my sin. Selah."

So, this is experiential forgiveness for the perpetuation of your spiritual life. 

When you chose to sin, you destroy your spiritual life until you rebound. 


Rebound or naming our sins to god restores the filling of the Holy Spirit and recovery of our fellowship with God.

And this forgiveness cancels many of the repercussions of sin and restores the status of your spiritual life. 

This forgiveness qualifies you to continue your spiritual life and to fulfill two power options--the filling of the Spirit and doctrinal orientation.

Sin causes the repercussions of divine discipline from the Supreme court of heaven. 

But, when we name our sins to God the Father, the repercussions of sin are cancelled and all cursing is turned to blessing.

Therefore, there are two forgivenesses.

A.  One related to time, 1Jo 1:9.

B.  One related to eternity, Joh 3:36.

And both forgivenesses are based on the salvation work of Christ on the cross.

Now, why "two" forgivenesses?

Jesus Christ was judged on the cross for all sins of human history. 

However, there are two categories of sin in human history for which he was judged-- pre-salvation sins and postsalvation sins.


The human race is divided into two categories, believers and unbelievers.

All pre-salvation sins are forgiven at the moment we exercise a one time positive option--faith in Jesus Christ,

Joh 3:18,36.

All post-salvation sins are forgiven at the point of using the rebound technique, 1Jo 1:9.

Because all sins were judged on the cross, the solution to pre-salvation sins in the status of spiritual death is faith in Christ.

Because all sins were judged on the cross, the solution to postsalvation sinning in the status of carnality is solved through the rebound technique. 

And, in both cases, there is no merit in the function of the subject. 

In the both cases, we use non-meritorious volition and all the work is done by God.

prin-For an individual to be forgiven and filled with Spirit simply by naming and citing their sin is a total "act" of God and has nothing to do with mankind.

God has only one way of forgiving sins....His way!

His way is simply to name and cite it!

Not feel sorry for them!


Not weeping at the altar!

Not making vows!

Not doing penance!

But name it and cite it!

And why just name it and cite it?

Because the justice of God will not approve or accept any human activity at all!

In fact, justice "cannot" approve of man's works or actions because they must be perfect, and that is impossible for man.

In verses 8-12, we have what is known as the grace crisis.

PHM 1:8   Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do that which is proper,

PHM 1:9  yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you-- since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--

PHM 1:10  I appeal to you for my child, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment, Onesimus,

PHM 1:11  who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.


PHM 1:12  And I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart,

PHM 1:13  whom I wished to keep with me, that in your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel;

PHM 1:14  but without your consent I did not want to do anything, that your goodness should not be as it were by compulsion, but of your own free will.

PHM 1:15  For perhaps he was for this reason parted from you for a while, that you should have him back forever,

PHM 1:16  no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

PHM 1:17  If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me.

PHM 1:18  But if he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account;

Now, notice in verse 8 that it is called his duty to forgive Onesimus and accept him and treat him graciously!

And therefore we have begun the doctrine of forgiveness.

DOCTRINE OF FORGIVENESS

Point 1, was the Definition of Forgiveness.


Forgiveness means to give up resentment, excuse a guilty party, to release from payment, to forget an offense never bringing it up again not even to discuss it!

And this means that if someone asks for your forgiveness, and in honor you forgive them, then integrity and loyalty to doctrine demands that you forget whatever was done against you

It also means that you never again recall what the individual has done to you or penalize the individual for doing so. 

Point 2, the ultimate expression of forgiveness was the cross of Christ, EPH 1:7, Col 1:20.

COL 1:20  and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Point 3 dealt with Scriptural Passages on Forgiveness,

Isa 43:25, Col 3:13, Eph 4:32, COL 2:13, 1Jo 2:12.

Point 4, One of the greatest illustrations of forgiveness is found in a story of Joseph which we've already noted.

Point 5 is where we are and we are almost ready to complete this point, There are actually two forgivenesses which have to do with your relationship with God.

A. First, there is salvation forgiveness for eternal life.


B. The second type of forgiveness is postsalvation forgiveness for your spiritual life in time.

Therefore, there are two forgivenesses.

A.  One related to time, 1Jo 1:9.

B.  One related to eternity, Joh 3:36.

And both forgivenesses are based on the salvation work of Christ on the cross.

Now, why "two" forgivenesses?

Jesus Christ was judged on the cross for all sins of human history. 

However, there are two categories of sin in human history for which he was judged-- pre-salvation sins and postsalvation sins.

Now, the human race is divided into two categories, believers and unbelievers.

All pre-salvation sins are forgiven at the moment we exercise a one time positive option--faith in Jesus Christ,

Joh 3:18,36.

All post-salvation sins are forgiven at the point of using the rebound technique, 1Jo 1:9.

Therefore, because all sins were judged on the cross, the solution to pre-salvation sins in the status of spiritual death is faith in Christ.


Because all sins were judged on the cross, the solution to postsalvation sinning in the status of carnality is solved through the rebound technique. 

And, in both cases, there is no merit in the function of the subject. 

In the both cases, we use non-meritorious volition and all the work is done by God.

prin-For an individual to be forgiven and filled with Spirit simply by naming and citing their sin is a total "act" of God and has nothing to do with mankind.

God has only one way of forgiving sins....His way!

His way is simply to name and cite it!

Not feel sorry for them!

Not weeping at the altar!

Not making vows!

Not doing penance!

But name it and cite it!

And why just name it and cite it?

Because the justice of God will not approve or accept any human activity at all!


This is what Paul meant in ROM 3:19  Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God;

ROM 3:20  because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

ROM 3:21  But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

ROM 3:22  even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;

ROM 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

ROM 3:24  being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

ROM 3:25  whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;

ROM 3:26  for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

ROM 3:27  Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.


ROM 3:28  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

In fact, justice "cannot" approve of man's works or actions because they must be perfect, and that is impossible for man.

*Therefore, forgiveness of sin is based upon the believer being rightly related to the justice of God by directing his faith toward the "work" of Christ on the cross.

And always remember that it is a matter of justice which gets us back in fellowship, not love!

Fellowship is based upon justice being satisfied with perfect righteousness, it is not based upon love.

And faith is the only performance that the justice of God will accept.

The justice of God will only accept faith because faith depends totally on the merit of the object.

The object of faith at salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ and His work.

So the justice of God sees your faith trusting in the one who is "perfectly righteous" and the justice of God is completely satisfied and forgives you all of your sins.

And faith is the only system of perception that justice will approve of because faith depends on the merit of the object.


And for the justice of God to approve the action of faith then, the object of faith must be perfectly righteous.

The object of faith at salvation is the work accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross or what the Bible calls "believing in Christ".

The object of faith after salvation is the Word of God or the doctrines of the Christian faith.

Before salvation, the object of faith is the Lord Jesus Christ and He is perfectly righteous.

After salvation, the object of faith becomes the mind of Christ or Bible doctrine which is also perfectly right or perfect righteousness.

Now, someone might say, (Keswick movement) "If the justice of God has already judged the sin and the righteousness of God is already satisfied then, "why do I have to name and cite the sin?"

And the answer to that is for the same reason you must believe in Christ for salvation!

All your sins were already judged before salvation but "you" had to make a non-meritorious "free will" or "volitional" decision to believe or to have faith.

The same principle is true in rebound, "you" have to make a non-meritorious free will or volitional decision to believe, or to have faith in the "work" of Christ on the cross concerning your sin.


God the Father judged our sins on the cross! 

Therefore, the sins we commit today already went to court over 1900 years ago.

Consequently, post-salvation sins of the believer must be dealt with through a non-meritorious function--the rebound technique. 

Remember that good decisions are always grace decisions.

This means using the privacy of your priesthood for acknowledging, admitting, citing, naming our sins to God without promises that we will do better,

without emotion,

without crying,

without begging for forgiveness.

Acknowledgement of our sins to God is totally apart from any human works being added, such as: penitence, public confession, feeling sorry for our sins, or promising God that we will do better.

No system of penitence, no lustrations (which are ceremonial purification rites), no self-imposed or ecclesiastical punishments are included in the function of the rebound technique.

So, just as nothing can be added to faith in Christ for salvation, so nothing can be added to acknowledging or admitting our sins to God for forgiveness and the recovery of our fellowship with God and the filling of the Spirit.


And both believing in Christ for salvation and naming our postsalvation sins for forgiveness are totally non-meritorious functions on our part. 

They depend entirely and completely on what God has done! 

And what God has done is to impute every sin to Jesus Christ on the cross and judge those sins. 

However, legalism always wants to help God by adding some form of human works which cancel out grace.

ROM 11:5  In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God's gracious choice.

ROM 11:6  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

So, the moment we acknowledge our postsalvation sins to God we have forgiveness and restoration to fellowship with God; we have recovery of the filling of the Holy Spirit. 

God forgives both the sins of cognizance and the sins of ignorance.

And, no category of postsalvation sinning, no matter how extreme, implies loss of eternal salvation.

No sin,

no denial,


no renunciation or category of degeneracy,

can cancel the forty things every believer receives at the moment of salvation.

So, we have two forgivenesses based on the salvation ministry of Jesus Christ on the cross.

The forgiveness related to faith in Christ means all

pre-salvation sins are blotted out and this results in eternal life.

The forgiveness related to rebound means all post-salvation sins are cancelled with regard to their repercussions and this results in restoration of fellowship with God.

One forgiveness belongs to physical birth, the other belongs to spiritual birth. 

And this forgiveness comes from the compassion of God which motivates forgiveness!

This means remembering the frailty of flesh.

Psa 78:38  But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them; and often He restrained His anger, and did not arouse all His wrath. 

 

Psa 78:39  Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and does not return. 

Prin-Forgiveness is based upon compassion, therefore


there must be compassion on the part of the one who forgives.

And this is why the Bible says that "He remembered that they were but flesh",

Psa 103:10  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 

 

Psa 103:11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his lovingkindness toward those who respect Him. 

Psa 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 

Psa 103:13  Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who respect Him. 

 

Psa 103:14  For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. 

We are now ready for point 6, The importance of forgiving anyone who has wronged or hurt you in the past, whether real or imagined.

First of all, we need to note a couple of verbs in the Greek concerning forgiveness!

In COL 3:13 we read bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

Now, this is a pres-mid-part, the verb is anerchomenoi meaning to bear with, to put up with, to tolerate, or to have patience with someone.


The present tense is used for an attitude which should be habitual in the believer who has PVTD!

However, the middle voice means the believer produces the action of the verb but it actually benefits "self" more than it  benefit others.

And then the word for forgiving is also a pres-mid-part, the verb is charizomenoi meaning to graciously forgive, to pardon, to release from payment, to give up resentment, to excuse a guilty party, to forget an offense in the sense of never bringing it up again not even to discuss it!.

So it should read COL 3:13  bearing or tolerating with one another, and graciously forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

The verb for "graciously forgive" is also is in the middle voice which means that the believer produces the action of the verb which actually benefits "self" more than to benefit others.

So, in both cases, we are told that it is for our own benefit that we tolerate and forgive one another!

Look at Eph 4:32  And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

"forgiving each other" is also a pres-mid-part.


And again this means that the believer produces the action of the verb which actually benefits "self" more than to benefit others.

Now, why is it for our own benefit that we tolerate and forgive one another?

Well first of all, believers are commanded to forgive one another with an imperative mood as in Eph 4:32, the participle is used with an imperative verb making it an imperative participle.

This command is for the believer who has at least attained spiritual self-esteem. 

And this describes the winner! 

The winner is tender-hearted and forgives others on the basis of the fact that God has forgiven him!

And this pattern of forgiveness is applied to the believer as part of the Royal family honor code. 

And forgiving one another is not only a command,  But it is needed for fellowship and unity in a local assembly.

Forgiving others also allows God to handle the situation rather than self, Rom 12:19 "Beloved, do not take your own revenge, but defer to the wrath of God.  For it stands written [Deu 32:35], `vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."

Now, another reason why we are benefited by forgiving others is because failure to forgive means no production of divine good.


This means that all of our works are unprofitable if we hold resentment or if we don't forgive.

This is one of the principles behind Mat 5:23  "If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 

 

Mat 5:24  Leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 

 

Notice that if you have anything against your fellow believer, leave your gift or your offering at the altar, and go and be reconciled first.

Why?

Because if you do not forgive others, you cannot be filled with the Spirit and therefore everything that you do will be rejected by the Lord no matter how good it may appear overtly.

Luk 6:27   "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 

 

Luk 6:28  Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 

Luk 6:29 "whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 


Luk 6:30  "Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 

 

Luk 6:31  "And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way. 

 

Luk 6:32  "And if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 

 

Luk 6:33  "And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 

 

Luk 6:34  "And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, in order to receive back the same amount. 

 

Luk 6:35  "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 

 

Luk 6:36  "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 

 

Luk 6:37 "And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. 

 

Luk 6:38  "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." 


So, if we don't forgive we will not experience fellowship with God.

In other words, if you make others suffer and pay for what they've done to you, you will be the one who suffers and pays!

Another reason why we are benefited by forgiving others is so that our prayers will be heard.

In Mat 6, if we ask for forgiveness we also must give it!

Mat 6:14-15,  "For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. "But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

More believers get out of fellowship through resentment and never have their prayers answered.

Mar 11:25  "And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions.

 

Another reason why we are benefited by forgiving others is because lack of forgiveness advances Satan's kingdom and takes the believer away from the PPOG.

For example, in 1Co 5:1-5, a believer was committing sexual sins with his father's wife and the Corinthians were actually boasting about it.


Notice what the apostle Paul said, 1Co 5:1,  It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.

1Co 5:2  And you have become arrogant, and have not mourned instead, in order that the one who had done this deed might be removed from your midst.

1Co 5:3  For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present.

1Co 5:4  In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,

1Co 5:5  I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1Co 5:6  Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?

Now, notice vs 9.

1Co 5:9   I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;

1Co 5:10  I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world.


 

And that's a good verse for those legalistic Christians who think that they cannot associate with unbelievers!

Paul said, "I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters; for then you would have to go out of the world.

1Co 5:11  But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler-- not even to eat with such a one.

1Co 5:12  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?

This does not mean judging others, it means making a doctrinal decision when certain believers have wilfully and purposely violated the Royal family honor code.

1Co 5:13  But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.

Now, they did remove the wicked man from among themselves, and something happened because of that.......

he repented!

And that is the main reason why God tells us to separate from certain believers who are gossips, judgmental, critical, and who have violated the Royal family honor code.


2Th 3:14 says "And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that man and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame".

So this individual in Corinth has now repented, however guess who will not take him back into the local assembly?

The Corinthians,......you know, the church that love was building!!!

The church that claims to love the most!

As I told you so many times, the ones who claim to love the most actually hate the most!

Let's notice the passage.

2Co 2:5   But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree-- in order not to say too much-- to all of you.

2Co 2:6  Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority,

2Co 2:7  so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, lest somehow such a one be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

2Co 2:8  Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him.

Forgive him!


2Co 2:9  For to this end also I wrote that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.

2Co 2:10  But whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ,

2Co 2:11  in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

Satan loves to cause divisions in local assemblies and he does so by accusing believers of sin so that those who have a trend toward legalism will not forgive the ones who have sinned.

And in this way, he causes both groups to remain out of fellowship with God.

And the word forgive here is charizomai which means to graciously forgive, graciously pardon,

and to freely give grace with no conditions.

And by the way, it's in the middle voice meaning that it is to the benefit of the Corinthians to forgive this man!

And notice also that a lack of forgiveness can produce sorrow in others according to verses 5-7.

In fact, it produces sorrow in both parties!

This is why we are told in Luk 7:47 that experiencing forgiveness gives capacity for love.


Luk 7:47  "For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.

Another reason why we are benefited by forgiving others is because healing take place through forgiveness.

In Jam 5:15-16, we have a passage where the early church was told to confess their faults to each other because they were experiencing sickness because they would not forgive others who had wronged them.

JAM 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;

JAM 5:15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

JAM 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

The early church in Jerusalem was filled with judging and gossiping and it caused a lot of divisions, resentment, and sickness.

And they needed to forgive each other and be reconciled so that these things would depart!

Point 7, the Christian attitude of forgiveness is found is taught in a parable that our Lord taught the disciples.


As believers, we must have an unlimited attitude of forgiveness not an "I'll give you one more chance" attitude, but an unlimited attitude!

First of all, let me give you the word for "forgive" in this passage.

It is aphiemi which means to completely cancel, to send something away without even discussing it, never bringing it up again!

Mat 18:21  Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 

Now this question illustrates Peter's ignorance toward true forgiveness.

Why?

Because to forgive someone up to 7 times means that you must keep count!

And to keep a count means that you do not forget and you bring up the situation again, therefore, you really did not forgive!

Now, when Peter used 7 as the number of times that an offending brother should be forgiven, he certainly thought he was doing some great thing.

Actually what Peter did in suggesting a limit to our forgiveness was to imply the notion that a man in forgiving gave up a right which he might under certain circumstances exercise.


Peter makes it sound like he was giving up the right to take vengeance on someone for what they did....and that is not a right!

Prin-The purpose of this parable is to make clear that when God calls on a member of his kingdom to forgive, He is not calling on him to renounce or give up a right, but in reality that he has no right in the matter at all.

Mat 18:22  Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 

This represents the unlimited amount of forgiveness that comes from God!

And then our Lord begins the parable!

Mat 18:23  "For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a certain king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.

Mat 18:24  "And when he had begun to settle them, there was brought to him one who owed him ten thousand talents. or 10 million dollars!

And notice that this one was brought to him, he would have never come of himself!

 

Mat 18:25  "But since he did not have the means to repay, his Lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 


It was customary in the ancient world that if someone could not pay what they owed you, that you could not only take all of their property and attach it, but you could even take them and their family and sell them and their family as slaves

This was in accordance with ancient customs as in 2Ki 4:1, Neh 5:8.

Mat 18:26 "The slave therefore falling down, prostrated himself before him, saying, 'have patience with me, and I will repay you everything.'

This statement simply shows the extreme fear of the moment which made him promise impossible things, he said "I will repay everything"!

Mat 18:27  "And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. 

Now, how much did he forgive him?

10 million dollars worth!

And notice the word compassion because compassion as we have noted motivates forgiveness.

Mat 18:28 "But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii [20 dollars]; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, 'pay back what you owe.' 

 

This is a picture of believers who want unlimited forgiveness from God, but will not forgive others!


Also notice the phrase "he went out", it is one of the key words in the parable!

He went out from the presence of the lord and found someone who had owed him something.

And, it is because we go out from the presence of the Lord that we are in danger of acting like this servant with an unforgiving heart!

He has forgotten the benefits that he received from his lord.

And, the small sum is mentioned to show how little man can offend his fellow man compared with the amount in which every one of us has offended God.

Mat 18:29 "So his fellow slave fell down and began to entreat him, saying, 'have patience with me and I will repay you.' 

Mat 18:30  "He was unwilling however, but went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. 

 

Mat 18:31 "So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. 

 

Mat 18:32 "Then summoning him, his lord said to him, 'you wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you entreated me. 

 

Mat 18:33  'Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, even as I had mercy on you?' 


Notice, the guilt laid upon him is the fact that having received mercy and forgiveness, he remains unmerciful and unforgiving towards others.

Mat 18:34  "And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 

This is divine discipline on the believer who is unforgiving.

And the torturers represent the 3 enemies of the believer; the flesh, the world, and the devil.

Mat 18:35 "So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart." 

 

In other words, it isn't saying I forgive....it's what you think!

If someone has wronged you and you do not forgive them in your heart, you have had it!

However, this is where the principle behind Dan 9:9 comes into focus "To God belongs mercy and forgiveness."

To have forgiveness toward others we've got to know God!

And you will discover that when people harbor bitterness, anger, resentment, indignation, or implacability, that they do not know God......and that is the real problem!

Prin-It is through occupation with TLJC that we develop a capacity to forgive.


And this means the ability to forgive yourself for the things you do and forgive others for the things they've done to you!

Point 8, Forgiveness is the ultimate expression of the love of God.

Or those who forgive the most, love the most!

Now, Luk 7:36-50 is a passage which reveals our Lord's graciousness and forgiveness.

This is the story of Jesus and the prostitute found in Luk 7:36-50.

LUK 7:36   Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him or kept asking to dine with him. And He entered the Pharisee's house, and reclined {at the table.}

This Pharisee was not hostile, but a he was a user. 

He wanted to use Jesus to gain some sort of power with the crowds following Jesus. 

Legalistic people are always users. 

They use people and discard them when they're done with them. 

LUK 7:37  And behold, there was a woman in the city who was a prostitute [not sinner];


The word for sinner is the adjective hamartolos which refers in this passage to a prostitute.

Dr. Henrik Renstorff of Germany says that this word, though used sometimes in a general way for sinfulness, is used primarily for those who live flagrantly immoral lives!

He also says that it is used in the feminine for prostitutes and those who are in a constant state of immorality.

LUK 7:37  And behold, there was a woman in the city who was a prostitute [not sinner];

This prostitute had been following Jesus, became a believer, and wanted to give something back to the Lord for what He had given her. 

And the word behold points to the fact that this was a startling event!

It's rather startling for a prostitute to crash a Pharisees party!

Many scholars believe this prostitute none other than Mary Magdalene who was characterized by three things:

1) She was a prostitute, Luk 7:37.

2) She had been demon possessed, Luk 8:2.

3) She had some sought of demon induced illness, Luk 8:2.

Her background then is the opposite of the Pharisee


One was religious and moral and self-righteous, a sort of status symbol and the other was non-religious, immoral, and rejected by society and the religious community.

The real difference between them does not lie in their background or their behavior pattern but their attitude toward the Lord and His Word, Bible doctrine!

Now, why did she come to the party??!!

LUK 7:37....and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume,

LUK 7:38  and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping,

This a gentle weeping.

It wasn't a bawling type of weeping from a frustrated female, it was just a gentle, continuous weeping. 

This weeping was the weeping of love not losing control of your emotions!

This is the true emotional response from one who has experienced the Lord's forgiveness!

Her weeping is explained in the phrase in Luk 7:47, "for she loved much"


LUK 7:38  and standing behind {Him} at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet, and anointing them with the perfume.

She had fantastic humility and was very feminine. 

The type of perfume mentioned "muro" here is a very inexpensive perfume!

She had bought the cheapest perfume, which indicates that she was no longer working as a prostitute.

However, while she had been a prostitute you must remember,

to the legalists,

to the arrogant self-righteous person,

once a prostitute always a prostitute!

Once a sinner in a certain field, always a sinner in that field!

And they have no grace in their soul!

And if you don't have grace in your soul you can't help but be the most miserable person in the world!

Notice also that she began to wash His feet with her tears!

This tells us His feet were dirty.

Simon should have washed His guest's feet at the door!

However, Simon is a religious person and most religious people have terrible manners!


So, we have the religious man not really honoring the Lord in his house and the sinner loving the Lord wherever He is!

Many are interested in having Christ as a status symbol but not honoring Him as Lord and Master!

In fact, this woman is really consistent with her love.

She will be present even at the cross, Luk 23:49.

She will be the first to the tomb, Mat 28:1.

She will be the first the Lord appears to after His resurrection, Mar 16:9.

This passage teaches that those who are forgiven of much, love much and can become great believers, ask Paul,

1Ti 1:15; Acts 8:3.

LUK 7:39  Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself [he thought it, he didn't speak out loud],

He said to himself means that he criticized Jesus mentally, which is the worse type of sin!

Now what was he thinking?

He was thinking very unkindly of Jesus and was even rather sorry that he invited Him.

And as a user he was already planning to discard Him because he couldn't use Him now....


not with a prostitute weeping all over His feet and drying it with her hair and then constantly kissing His feet and then anointing Him with the perfume out of the alabaster vial!

So the Pharisee begins to think!

Here's what he's thinking, "If this man were a prophet [protasis of a second class condition, but He really isn't]

And then here's the apodasis of the second class condition or the conclusion, He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a prostitute."

The Pharisee thought to himself that Jesus could not possibly be a prophet, since He let such a person touch Him. 

And he thinks she is doing something terribly wrong! 

However, she is doing nothing wrong! 

This was a part of the culture at the time and there's absolutely nothing wrong with what she's doing!

prin-Legalistic people always make wrong assumptions because all of their thinking is based on self-justification, self-deception, and self-absorption. 

So, this is a shocking situation!

In the ancient world it was shocking to even see a Rabbi talking to a woman let alone letting a woman kiss His feet in a public place.


So this woman is doing nothing wrong and, in fact, she is doing everything right!!!!

Now, Simon's own heart condemned him.

He was more concerned that a woman of shady character has entered his house than that she might die without finding her Savior.

So Simon made two prejudgments and both were wrong.

(1) He misjudged TLJC by expecting Him to condemn the woman instead of forgiving her.

Simon could not conceive anyone treating a sinner differently from the way he would.

(2) He misjudged the woman and her motives and her state.

So the conclusion of the Pharisee was wrong!

Furthermore, he said "estin hamartolos" which means "she still is a prostitute!

And he's wrong!

He is judging her, she is no longer a prostitute!

But this is the attitude of the self-righteous!

LUK 7:40  And Jesus answered and said to him,


Jesus read the Pharisees' thoughts and answers his thoughts with a parable.

Now, here's an interesting thing, this Pharisee would have died from shock!

This Pharisee would have died of shock right there at the banquet table if he had known that Jesus read his thoughts billions of years ago as God.

In other words, Simon might as well have shouted what he was thinking when he said in LUK 7:39....."If this man were a prophet [but he is not] He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a prostitute."

Now the Lord is going to answer his thoughts!

Now, don't miss this with our Lord's perfect sense of humor, Simon concluded that Jesus could not be a prophet because He had not discerned what kind of woman was touching Him.

However, now the Lord proves a greater discernment than knowing the sins of the woman by knowing the thoughts of Simon himself!

LUK 7:40  And Jesus answered and said to him [answered what, Simon hasn't said anything out loud?], "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he replied, "Say it, Teacher [Rabbi]."

When the Lord said, "I have something to say to you", usually this was an introduction of praise from the guest toi the host!


So, Simon is really listening with expectation.

Then the Lord begins a parable.

LUK 7:41 "A certain moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii [one deaneries is a Roman silver coin usually worth one day's wages so this is about 500 days worth of wages], and the other fifty. 

LUK 7:42 "When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him more?"

Now, Simon is bored with this!

Simon had bored indifference to the parable. 

LUK 7:43  Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him," You have judged correctly."

Suppose is the pres-act-ind, Hupolambano which means to pick up a heavy load.

Simon has received the message and he has picked up heavy burden or load of condemnation.

When you are negative toward grace and judge others, it's only a matter of time (if you are honest) before you end up judging yourself!

TLJC now elucidates in verses 44-47 with the custom of the day.


When you had a guest at a banquet, this is what you did!

LUK 7:44  And turning toward the woman [He didn't even look at Simon but He has His back to the Pharisee], He said to Simon, "Do you see this woman?

Jesus turned his back on Simon and spoke to Simon. 

And the Lord did not make an issue out of her former prostitution. 

He doesn't say "You see this woman? She use to be a prostitute".

LUK 7:44  "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears, and wiped them with her hair.

In other words, Who followed good manners, the aristocratic pharisee or the former prostitute? 

In effect, under their culture, she had class and Simon was a jerk. 

LUK 7:45  "You gave Me no kiss;

A kiss was a customary welcome or greeting equivalent to our hand shaking. 

She knew the right thing to do and did it!

LUK 7:45  "You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.


She had good manners.

She was humble and she was grace oriented!

You see, this was the custom of the day!

This is what someone with good manners would do.

However, self-righteous people are usually very bad mannered.

So, Simon omitted what he was suppose to do to his guest, TLJC.

The first thing you do is to have a servant who washes the feet and the sandals are checked at the door.

Then the second thing that you did as a part if their custom was to greet the person with a kiss.

And then thirdly, when you have a guest like Jesus you anoint his head with oil!

LUK 7:46 "You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.

LUK 7:47  "For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."

"have been forgiven" is the perf-pass-ind, a-phe-on-tai and this is an intensive perfect which means forgiven in the past with the results that the forgiveness goes on forever.


The moment the prostitute believed in Christ, her sins were forgiven forever. 

Now, why did she do this!

LUK 7:47  "For she loved much;

She is a very humble person and she loves TLJC.

LUK 7:47  "For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."

She loved TLJC a lot, but Simon never got around to loving TLJC. 

prin-When a person feels that they is not as bad as others, they will love little.

Second prin-A person's love for God will be in proportion to the obligation they feel to God for being forgiven.

Of course we know that God is to be loved because of Who and what He is apart from what He has done for us.

Third prin-It is proper that our love for God should be increased by our gratitude for His patience and longsuffering and tremendous forgiveness toward us.

Fourth prin-Individuals who sense that they are the chief of sinners will feel under infinite obligation to love God for all that He has forgiven them of!


The reason why the woman loved much and why she was so grace oriented is simply because she recognized how much she had been forgiven!

Grace oriented believers who operate in grace are very grateful and thankful to God for what they've been delivered from!

LUK 7:48  And He said to her, "Your sins have been forgiven."

LUK 7:49  And those who were reclining {at the table} with Him began to say to themselves [they began to think within themselves], "Who is this {man} who even forgives sins?"

The rest of the people at the banquet were negative to the Gospel along with Simon. 

They had the same opportunity to believe as she did. 

LUK 7:50  And He said [face to face with these women, He turned His back on these legalistic Pharisees] to the woman, "Your faith has saved you;

The per-act-ind of the Greek verb sozo (to save) not only indicates eternity security but also self-motivation to continue her spiritual growth. 

We have been saved by grace through faith, therefore, let us continue to live by grace through faith or doctrine!


Then so that she would not be harmed and while they were all sitting there, Jesus gave her a command to go, He said  "go in peace"

The pres-act-imp, po-reu-ou is a command to go!!!

Why?

Negative, arrogant, legalistic people are dangerous to be around. 


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[1]*  See the doctrine of The Royal Family Honor Code

[2]*  See the doctrine of Sins of the Toungue

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