"Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins" (Acts 13:38).  Consider three profound things in this verse.




Notice the word "sins".  Who cares about this anymore?  With the sliding moral standards of the world today, what would qualify as sins? What exactly is sin?  We no longer receive teaching on this from the places we used to.  Even churches have turned to other things.  The average person growing up in Canada today has a great void in his education.
There is a simple answer to the question.  Sin is violation of the law of God.  Even those kinds of sins that wrong another human being, are first of all sins against God.  To leave this world as a guilty sinner and stand before the God of all Holiness for judgment is a prospect that is horrible beyond description. "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41b).    Why are truths so clearly taught in God's Word never heard by us in such an information age?  
The second profound consideration is "forgiveness".  The same God who hates and judges sin invites us to come to Him and receive forgiveness.  The fact of our having sinned cannot be changed - but the consequences can be.  God can forgive.  This is a wonderful word.  Forgiveness is an estate in which God has taken away the individual's sins and entered into a new relationship.  The slate is clean.  "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12).  The conscience is made clean and good.  God freely walks and talks in fellowship with the forgiven man.
Thirdly, notice the way.  "Through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins", speaks of the salvation offered through Jesus Christ.  God's plan was to send someone capable of suffering for the sins of countless sinners.  The only One who could do this was the Son of God who was miraculously virgin born, as the world has recently celebrated.  And God has, in His mercy, given the world yet another year to hear the message and receive the gift of forgiveness by trusting Jesus Christ as personal Saviour.  His death paid for our sins so we could be forgiven and have everlasting life.
 


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04/14/2016 10:53am

This The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu is what I then remember seeing and while reading this article. It is really through forgiving that we help to heal ourselves and our aching world.

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04/07/2017 10:26am

You should gain the forgiveness. It doesn't come easy.

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