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Two of the hardest statements to say, are “I am sorry” and “I forgive you.” We learn the discovery of true forgiveness and that it is in God's very character to forgive sin. True forgiveness is also found in the communication of Jesus Himself (what he said, what he revealed). If we are not gripped and moved by Jesus's cry of forgiveness from the cross and if we fail to forgive those who sin against us, we reveal that we have never understood forgiveness and call into question the genuineness of our faith.
As Jesus’ earthly ministry advanced, many sought His miraculous healing power to resolve their physical suffering. Jesus’ message has never been an earthly one, however. He challenges our preoccupation with the things that are felt and seen. Alistair Begg teaches us that our need to be forgiven of our sin supersedes all other concerns.
Levi the tax collector was a prime example of a sinner being frowned upon by society and the religious authorities of his day, but then, as now, God’s law levels the playing field, deeming us all guilty and condemned. Alistair Begg reminds us that the work of Christ alone is sufficient for the greatest of sinners and the best of men. Either self-assured goodness or visible failures can keep men and women from trusting in Christ.
Paul often contrasted the preconversion condition of his readers with their newfound position in Christ. Alistair Begg explains that in Colossians 2, Paul used pictures to drive this contrast home. At the cross, God wiped the slate clean and blotted out the record of our sin. He nailed our debt to the cross, and Christ bore our sentence of death. When the devil accuses us, we must remember these truths—for at the cross, Jesus won the victory forever.
What sets Christianity apart from other belief systems? Perhaps the most distinguishing mark of Biblical Christianity is Christ’s work on the cross for the forgiveness of sin. Alistair Begg reminds us that God’s forgiveness is absolute, and it is a fundamental need for all people. God abounds in love for all who call on Him, but until we have a personal experience of being forgiven by God, we cannot truly know Him.
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