Under Covenant, forgiveness was conditional. Jesus told Israel that they must forgive others BEFORE they themselves could be forgiven.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 6:37...forgive, and ye shall be forgiven
Under Grace, Jesus through Paul told us that we don't forgive to BE forgiven, we forgive because we ARE forgiven.
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
The word "hath" denotes that our forgiveness is past-tense-present-possession. -Already done!
The Matthew 6:14 & Luke 6:37 old ways of getting sins forgiven have "passed away".
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
As a "new creature" we don't forgive expecting to GET, we forgive because we already GOT.
Colossians 2:13 says we've been forgiven of all sins.
2 Corinthians 5:19 says God is no longer imputing (counting) our sins.
Question: If all our sins were forgiven and God stopped counting them, what sins are left to be forgiven?
Its time we compare-scripture-with-scripture not preacher-to-preacher.
When we rightly divide the word of truth the dots start to connect.
On this side of the cross, Christ returned to reveal our good news (gospel) to Paul, and it is DIFFERENT than what was previously being taught BEFORE the cross.
Moreover, that is why you wont find even one verse in all thirteen of his letters that suggest that anyone CONFESS to be forgiven, ASK to be forgiven, or PRAY to be forgiven.
You cant DO what's already done, and you can't GET what you already have.
Paul points us to the finished-cross-work as a means of being saved, but not to get forgiveness (something already accomplished at Calvary).
Many are caught in the web of religion and are taught that being saved means getting your sins forgiven. Not realizing that these are TWO separate events.
You were forgiven at Calvary, but SAVED when you believed on Christ.
This is one of the oldest tricks being used by the beguiling "god of this world" (2 Corinthians 4:4). He is the master puppeteer actively influencing his puppets to spew such nonsense.
Why are Forgiveness and Salvation spelled different? Because they ARE different.
Two separate events with two separate calendar dates.
One happened almost two thousand years ago, (your forgiveness) and the other (your salvation) happened at the moment you heard and believed the gospel, (Ephesians 1:13) and chose to rest your faith in the finished work of Christ.
Trying to get your sins forgiven to be saved demonstrates two things.
-One, you are not saved (2 Corinthians 4:3).
-Two, you are trying to establish your own righteousness (Romans 10:3).
I challenge you to search the scriptures to see if you can find even ONE place in Paul's thirteen letters where he wrote that we are saved by getting our sins forgiven.
Our sins are already forgiven, and we are saved through FAITH, and not by getting our sins forgiven. -Its time you stop believing that lie.
Most are not on a truth quest they're on a happiness quest, and they'll do or believe just about anything to achieve that happiness. Problem is, happiness void of truth is not happiness at all. Its baseless, its empty, and its a counterfeit.
Many things that are taught and done in some of the churches of today are nothing short of hypocritical.
Here's one for you. Try it on for size. I tried it on many years ago and found out it doesn't fit. But you be the judge.
I was witnessing the gospel of Christ to a man who emphatically told me that to be saved you HAD to ask God to forgive you. So about midway through our conversation I sang: "What can wash away my sins", and he actually joined in on the next part "nothing but the blood of Jesus."
I said, oh, so you like that song? He replied, "Yeah! We do that one at church." I said, so how can it be both? He said, "What do you mean? Both what?" I said, how can it be "what can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus" while at the same time be "what can wash away my sins" asking him for forgiveness? Which is it? It can't be both. I thought "nothing but the blood" actually meant nothing but the blood.
You see, obviously this man (like so many others) doesn't REALLY believe the words he sings.
Make no mistake, there is nothing noble about going to church, emptying our minds and singing mindlessly. Do you think that's pleasing to God?
We're to think, think, THINK about the words we sing.
This is why some TRUE believers can't find a decent church to go to, and why atheist wont nothing to do with God.
Many churches have become nothing more than a building full of hypocrites.
Out one side of their mouth they say nothing but the blood washed away my sins, but out the other side they have a dozen ways to get your sins forgiven. Just how does NOTHING change to SOMETHING so quickly?
Either you play an active part in getting your sins forgiven, or Jesus did it all by himself. -Which is it? Its time you make up your mind and abandon the hypocrisy.
"People say they love truth, but they really want to believe that what they love is true."