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Things Freely Given: Forgiveness of sins

As we saw in yesterday’s sunrise, the things that we have been given by God can only be understood and experienced by the spirit; not by natural senses. This makes it impossible for the unsaved to understand what these things are, but the true sons of God are able to discern them. The word of God is littered with many precious details on our inheritance, and most of them are hidden in plain sight. For instance: John 3:16 -

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

The greatest gift that God gave was His beloved son - Jesus Christ, as a ransom for our sins. He gave Jesus to this whole world, not just to those who would get saved, but to whoever believes in Him. Before we had our first breath, Jesus knew that we would be born into a world of sin, and bound by the spirit of iniquity (Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3). This spirit created evil desires in our hearts and in our bodies so that we craved the very thing that separated us from God - sin.

Not only did we commit sin by disobeying God’s word, that spirit kept us in a state of sin where we were constantly rebelling against the one who created us. Imagine creating something that was never in a position to do what you wanted it to do. Most inventors would immediately trash that invention and move on, but not God! He loved us so much that He wanted to pardon all our sins. He didn’t hold a grudge, no matter how deliberate we were about disobeying Him. He wanted to remove all the sins that separated us from Him: Ephesians 1:7 says, “In whom [in Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”. Our sins had amounted a great debt on our part, but through the shedding of His blood on a cross, that debt was remitted! His forgiveness was something we definitely did not deserve. We could not have worked to earn it because we were sinners by nature, children of disobedience. But God washed our sins away when we repented! Hallelujah! We have a reason to praise and love our God!

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