Ephesians – 3 – Complete Forgiveness

The theme for the next few weeks that Simon will lead is going to be the Story of Salvation described In Ephesians. The story is to be found In Ephesians:
Chapter 1:3-14
Chapter 2
Chapter 3:1-8
Chapter 4:20-26
Chapter 5:8
We’re going to start with our complete forgiveness. I think that this is a key message and it needs to make the transition from our head to our hearts.
Many people carry around a burden of sin that they believe cannot be forgiven, they are weighed down with guilt. We need to understand that in Christ our sins are forgiven. Past, present and future.
If we don’t understand this in our spirit then there is a constant concern that we are not good enough, that we can’t do enough, that we can’t be good enough. We need to know that Jesus has dealt with this once and for all. Nothing more is required.
We can’t earn God’s love, He loves us anyway. Look at John 3:16. A very familiar verse:
John 3:16 & 17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him
I’d like us to look at some verses from the Bible about God’s forgiveness and let them speak to our hearts, become embedded in our spirits. These truths need to become part of who we are.
I love this passage from Isaiah:
Isaiah 6 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Isaiah recognised his predicament and that there was nothing he could do. God took the initiative and dealt with Isaiah’s sin.
We know that sin separated us from God. But once we are saved our salvation, our forgiveness is secure, it cannot be taken from us.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus did all that is needed for our salvation.
Romans 4:25 He(Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
1 Corinthians 15:3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
1 Corinthians 15:21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Romans 8:34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Jesus did everything required:
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
Jesus is the perfect sacrifice:
Hebrews 9:11-12 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption
That sacrifice makes us holy.
Hebrews 10:10-14 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Jesus takes away our sin. He does not return it to us.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Part of our inheritance is that we are made righteous.
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 John 3:5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
Romans 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification
1 Peter 2:22-24 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
Ephesians 2:1-5 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit
Colossians 1:15-23
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
So if anyone or anything tells you that God condemns you, they are wrong:
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
If you feel condemned what is it? A lie.
Where do lies come from? The Devil
John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Our salvation, our forgiveness is secure:
 Romans 8:34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
 
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About the author : Bart

Methodist Lay Pioneer Minister and Church Leader based in Ebbsfleet, Kent. Married to Rachel with three children, and in any spare time a keen rock climber and runner! Originally from the proud county of Lancashire, born and raised on a farm near Lancaster. Studied at Cliff College and gained a PhD. in Biblical Studies at Sheffield University.

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