Forgiveness

 

The Pastor last week requested that we read the following passages that are
related to forgiveness, conversion, and transformation.

 

Questions:

Question: What is a “Conversion” for a Christian?

Question: What is a “Transformation” for a Christian?

Question:  How is forgiveness related to conversion and transformation?

Question:  Why do we forgive others?

 

Per dictionary.com the term “transformation” is:

-         change in form, appearance, nature, or character.”

-         “A marked change, as in appearance or character, usually for the better. “

-         a qualitative change .”

 

Now let’s look at Scripture  . . .

 

Psalm 86:5 (NIV):

4 Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.

Mark 3:28 (NIV):

27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he
      first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house.
28 I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.
29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty
     of an eternal sin."

Acts 10:43 (NIV):

42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God
      appointed as judge of the living and the dead.
43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives
      forgiveness of sins through his name."  
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard
      the message.

 

Ephesians 1:7 (NIV):

6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance
    with the riches of God's grace
8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

Col. 1:14 (NIV):

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom
       of the Son he loves,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Supremacy of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

 

Hebrews 10:10 (NIV):

9 Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to
     establish the second.
10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of
      Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again
      he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

1 John 2:2 (NIV):

1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin,
     we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous
       One.
2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins
      of the whole world.
3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.

 

1 John 2:12 (NIV):

11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he
      does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
12 I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of
       his name.
13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.
            I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.
            I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father.

1 John 4:10 (NIV):

9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the
     world that we might live through him.
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning
       sacrifice for our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

 

Questions:

Question: What is a “Conversion” for a Christian?

Question: What is a “Transformation” for a Christian?

Question:  How is forgiveness related to conversion and transformation?

Question:  Why do we forgive others?

 

 

References:

The following websites were referenced on July 20, 2007:

http://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.dictionary.com