In the last post we discussed the daily need of receiving and extending forgiveness. My thoughts have gravitated toward this theme over the last few months and I would like to explore it with you in the next few posts. For now, I will focus on the theme as we find it in the New Testament.
A few reasons why this theme is worthy of careful attention.
- Forgiveness is central to the gospel
- Forgiveness reveals rich truths about God
- Forgiveness is one of our greatest needs
- Forgiveness is a matter of eternal life and death
- Forgiveness is to be the unexceptional posture of the Christian
- Forgiveness is intended to be the ethos of the church
- Forgiveness is one of the most difficult commands to obey
- Forgiveness contains tremendous motivating power for the Christian
- Forgiveness is not always clearly defined or understood
- Forgiveness touches the most important relational areas of our lives
When Luther was translating the Bible into German he placed only one phrase in capital letters. It was the phrase “forgiveness of sins” in Romans 3:25. He stated that it was the “chief point” and the “center point of this epistle and of the entire Scripture, also of the Old Testament.” Let’s spend some time looking at why he would make such an assertion in these next few posts.