The following articles are related to the topic of FORGIVENESS

Understanding Forgiveness

There may be no word in the English Bible that quickens the beat of a sinner's heart more than that of "forgiveness." Little wonder, then, that poet Alexander Pope wrote: "To err is human; to forgive, divine." In this study we wish to probe this theme from two vantage points: divine forgiveness, i.e., that which proceeds from God to man; ... read more »

Can Man Forgive Sins?

"Does any man have the right to forgive sins? Some suggest that Jesus granted this authority to the apostles, and then, through them, to others (see John 20:23). Can you explain this passage?" Shortly before His ascension, Jesus said to his apostles: "Whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained" ... read more »

Was There Forgiveness Under the Mosaic Regime?

"How could there be forgiveness of sins before Christ died (for example, in the Old Testament period), if forgiveness was predicated upon Jesus' death?" Let us consider two different ways to answer this challenging question. Answer #1: Forgiveness Was Available Before the Death of Christ Do the scriptures assert that, in some sense, forgiveness was obtainable before the death of ... read more »

Did Jesus Exclude Repentance from Forgiveness?

Would you explain what appears to be a conflict in the way we interpret the Scriptures? Jesus frequently encountered sinful people whom he "forgave," with no mention of repentance. For example, he said to a crippled man, "Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven" (Mt. 9:2). There is no mention of repentance. First, it must be recognized that ... read more »

Should Christians Pray for the Forgiveness of Their Sins?

"A brother contends that no Christian today needs to pray 'for the forgiveness of his sins,' since, according to 1 John 1:7, the blood of Christ is continually cleansing him (the significance, he says, of the present tense in Greek)." It is a tragic reality that some members of the church, though they may be sincere initially, evolve some of ... read more »

How Do I Cope with Bitterness?

"Some while ago my husband left me for another woman.I have tried to entertain a forgiving spirit (even though he has never asked for my forgiveness), but at times, especially if I see him in public somewhere, I have flashes of anger and resentment.I feel guilty about this, and I am concerned for my soul.Can you offer any suggestions?" While ... read more »

The Preposition “Eis” in Acts 2:38

For several generations God's people have conducted debates with our denominational neighbors as to the meaning of the word "for" (Greek, eis) in Acts 2:38. Peter commanded on that occasion: "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [unto ASV] the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of ... read more »

Neale Walsch: A New Guru for the Gullible

Neale Donald Walsch lives in a hilltop mansion near Medford, Oregon. A few years ago, he was a "nobody." Now, he is a "somebody" who's attracting some attention. Having had a troubled childhood, Walsch has been through a series of unstable relationships and career difficulties. He has been in four marriages in which nine children were produced. He has passed ... read more »

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, “Receive Ye the Spirit”?

"What does the following passage mean? 'And when he [Jesus] had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit'" (John 20:22). The surrounding context in John's Gospel record reads as follows: "Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace be unto you: as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you. ... read more »

Matthew 18:26 – An Unpayable Debt

In one of his parables, Jesus told of a certain king, who, examining his financial records, discovered a debtor who owed him the staggering sum of ten thousand talents (Matthew 18:24). According to the footnote in the ASV, a talent was worth about $1,000, hence, this servant was in debt to the tune of $10 million. When the servant was ... read more »