Originally Posted by lastingfaith
Its interesting for me that you have touched on this subject of forgiveness, because our Minister is leading us through a series of sermons on the subject of forgiveness, as our Lenten studies for this year.
Its a big subject, and one to which we perhaps do not usually give adequate attention. Jesus placed great emphasis on the importance of forgiveness, and I think it is a good subject to study in the run-up to Easter, as we again contemplate the greatest act of forgiveness there has ever been.
The only reason God could say through Paul, ďGrace and Peace be unto youĒ is because his son fully paid the price. Itís not probation, itís salvation. If God says Iíve reconciled you to me because Iíve taken all your sins before you were born...I could see every sin you would ever commit past, present, future. I took all those sins off of you before you were born, I put them on my son. Now Iíve told Paul to tell people about it. Now, Iíve made you people ambassadors of it. Get out and be ambassadors. Tell people God is not counting their sins against them. They have the opportunity. They have the responsibility of making a decision. I will believe it or I will reject it. Godís given them that choice. Love doesnít force it self. There are many who will spend an eternity apart from the Savior because they refuse to accept what Jesus did on their behalf.
Romans 13:9, manís relationship to man...manís relationship to God. Which category is missing in that listing? Manís relationship to God is not included there. Why do you suppose Paul left that part out? The simple answer it this, God was demonstrating to Israel through the law that she could never achieve a righteous standing before him according to a performance contract. She could never merit a relationship with God based upon her own performance. That would be totally impossible. Is God dealing with believers today according to a law contract? No way, not according to our apostle. Thatís why Paul leaves out that category of the law that dealt with manís relationship with God. Paul boiled it down to one word, agape (Romans 13:8) because Romans chapters 1-8 tells us how it is that we are considered righteous in the eyes of God today. There is no scale in Godís mind other than the Saviorís righteousness.