Galatians 5:19-21 “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the
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Our Friday night small group Bible study is continuing through an in-depth examination into the godly virtue of “Forgiveness”. An easy subject, when we are talking about God forgiving us for our sins of commission (the thoughts, words and actions that we did) and sins of omission (the thoughts, words, and actions that we should have done, but didn’t). Today’s problem is that “easy believism” pretty much ignores the sinful desires and acts of the fallen flesh, and the consequences of that lifestyle which is contrary to the Word, Will and Way of our Almighty Creator Lord God, which is judged and set aside for the righteous wrath of God in true justice of unrepented and, therefore, unforgiven sin. The "from" in the term "saved from".
1 Corinthians 6:9-11“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the
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In the final analysis, when we clearly see and understand the devastating affects of sin and the just penalty to pay, only then can we realize, comprehend and appreciate the unmerited mercy of our Heavenly Father in sending Jesus Christ to pay that price on the Cross in our place and, thereby have our sins forgiven and inherit the kingdom of God. The "to" in the term "saved to". But, what did we pay in this? What was our cost? This is not a debt paid by us, but a debt of ours forgiven. Paid by Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior and Lord.
Ephesians 5:3-6“Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.”
Ephesians 2:1-5“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— so that no one can boast.”
“In which you once walked” is the key phrase. In accepting the free gift of salvation and eternal life in heaven through Christ’s atoning death for us on the cross, by the grace that flows out of God’s mercy, we are forgiven. There is a choice to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, and a change from unbelief to true faith. In that exchange from death in sin to life in Christ, there is a new nature from a new heart in the new birth from above that regenerates our spirit. Because we are set apart from the god-rejecting world system, we belong completely to God. That is what these Bible verses are saying.
Colossians 3:1-15“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Remember Jesus’ words in the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us for our sins, just as we have forgiven those who sinned against us.” - Matthew 6:12Realize that forgiveness is a choice, not an emotion. In reality, when we forgive another person, we’re just one sinner forgiving another. As English Reformer and Martyr John Bradford stated: “There but for the grace of God go I”. Jesus is our example and set the standard for forgiveness. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Be forgiving.
In Christ, Brian