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Forgive us our debts

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses, Matthew 6:14-15.

After what God has done for us we will forever be indebted to him, we owe Him a debt of gratitude for what Christ Jesus accomplished for us through His death on the cross. 

Deliverance is not based on our good deeds; it is based on God’s plan of salvation for us, the act of propitiation, redemption, justification, reconciliation and righteousness through Christ and of our faith in him.

God is or was angry with mankind, and appeasing his wrath will cause us to be reconciled to him. 

Now God Himself has provided for us the only means through which His wrath can be appeased and that we sinful men can be reconciled to Him.

There is no service, sacrifice, or gift that man can offer that will appease the wrath of God or satisfy His perfect justice. The only satisfaction, or propitiation, that could be acceptable to God and that could reconcile us to Him had to be made by God. For this reason Jesus Christ, came into the world in human flesh to be the perfect sacrifice for sin and make atonement or “propitiation for the sins of the people” Hebrews 2:17.

God in His infinite grace and mercy has provided a way that His wrath can be appeased and we can be reconciled to Him. That way is through the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ, as the payment for sins. It is through faith in Jesus Christ as God’s perfect sacrifice that we can be reconciled to God. It is only because of Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection, that a lost sinner deserving of hell can be reconciled to a holy God. 

The wonderful truth of the gospel is that Christians are saved from God’s wrath and reconciled to God not because “we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” 1 John 4:10.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6. The only way for God’s wrath against sinful man to be appeased and for us to be reconciled to God is through Jesus Christ. There is no other way. 1 John 2:2 says, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” An important part of Christ’s saving work is deliverance from God’s wrath; Jesus’ propitiation on the cross is the only thing that can turn away God’s condemnation of sin. Those who reject Christ as their Saviour and refuse to believe in Him have no hope of salvation. They can only look forward to facing the wrath of God that they have stored up for the coming day of judgment. There is no other propitiation or sacrifice that can be made for their sins.

Now here is the good news, grace rather, Jesus said, "when you pray say, Father, "forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors," Matthew 6:12. That’s all he’s asking you to do, that you forgive your debtors, "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

What are you gonna do my friend?

God bless you,

Laurence 

www.muzembi.org - Simple Gospel Summation 

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