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forgiveness of sin

“You may think that you don’t deserve forgiveness after all you’ve done. That’s exactly right. No one deserves forgiveness. If we deserved it, we wouldn’t need it. That’s the point of grace.” —Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries

Forgiveness of sin is one of the constituent parts of justification. In pardoning sin, God absolves the sinner from the condemnation of the law. He does that on account of the work of Christ; that is , He removes the guilt of sin—the sinner’s actual liability to eternal wrath—on account of what Jesus Christ did.

All sins are forgiven freely (Acts 5:31; 13:38; 1 John 1:6-9). The sinner is by this act of grace forever freed from the guilt and penalty of his sins. This is the peculiar prerogative of God (Psalm 130:4; Mark 2:5). It is offered to all in the Gospel.

“People who do not respond to Christ’s invitation to forgive their sins are people whose names aren’t written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. To be denied entrance to Heaven’s wedding banquet will not just mean going down the service elevator to the garage. It will mean being cast outside into Hell, forever.” —Randy Alcorn

  • What is SIN? Answer
  • What is the FALL OF MAN? Answer
  • What is GRACE? Answer
  • What does SALVATION BY GRACE ALONE mean (not by your own efforts)? Answer
  • What is JUSTIFICATION? Answer
  • What is REDEMPTION? Answer
  • What is REGENERATION (being born-again)? Answer
  • Am I good enough to go to Heaven? Answer
  • How can I be and feel forgiven? Answer
  • If God forgives me every time I ask, why do I still feel so guilty? Answer
  • What are GOOD WORKS? Answer
  • How can I be SURE of my salvation? Answer
  • Can a saved person ever be lost? Answer
  • What is FAITH and why is it so important? Answer
  • What is THE FEAR OF THE LORD? Answer
  • What is ETERNAL LIFE? Answer
  • What is ETERNAL DEATH? Answer
  • What should a Christian do if overwhelmed with depression? Answer
  • Are there biblical examples of depression and how to deal with it? Answer
  • Are you thankful to God?
Article Version: June 4, 2019