Calvary- The Forgiveness Factor
Romans 6: 23 (KJB) 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The completed work of Calvary is a precious gift from God. Jesus Christ’s supernatural spiritual work took the sting out of sin and death. God’s gift is two-fold. Jesus Christ ushered in the gift of unmerited favor or kindness and eternal relief from the penalty of sin.
God gave regenerate hearts a perpetual victory over sin and the spiritual potential for eternal life through His Only Son’s finished work on Calvary.
What?! Pardon me?! Yes, you read it right! It is true. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ ushered in the possibility of forgiveness of sin and living forever for you, me, and for all humanity (1 Timothy 2:4).
All sin is an offense to God. However, Jesus Christ’s death on Calvary purchased a pardon for every and all sin, including the past, the present, and future sin. Jesus Christ willingly died for all people, even as every person is born into this world as spiritually ugly and buried in spiritual blight, because of an innate nature bent on serving sin.
Are you spiritually strong and beautiful in Christ or naturally spiritually ugly, weak, and marred by the effects of sin?
Romans 5:6-10 (KJB) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Every man is naturally born in this world, facing the certainty of physical death.
Every person is just like convicted inmates in a maximum-security prison who are lined up on death row and awaiting the carrying out of their imputed sentence, as accorded by the law and justice of this land.
Since birth, a sentence of death rings valid for all humanity.
That is until God sent His Only Son to redeem humanity (John 3:16).
God sent His Only Son to give every man unmerited favor, or clemency from a natural inclination to sin.
But, wait…. Is it true? Yes, the undeserved kindness and compassion of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago, yields a spiritual harvest of forgiveness from sin for us today, rather than leaving the sinful man in his natural course to face certain death at the end of his physical life?
Yes, the spiritual work was completed on Calvary, and Jesus Christ was resurrected. He can be found sitting down at the right hand of God upon the throne in heaven. His work is complete. Forgiveness for sin can be claimed immediately.
All humanity can be resurrected unto a new spiritual life today!
AND Jesus Christ does currently sit at the right hand of God because His work is complete, and He can intercede with His Father upon our behalf. Jesus Christ stands as a mediator between God and us.
The Bible Says:
Hebrews 9:24 (KJB) For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
This very moment Jesus Christ is ready and able to negotiate with God on our behalf in the eternal realm! Jesus Christ is our blood-bought spiritual representative with God. He continually arbitrates in our best spiritual interest with God. This heavenly spiritual mediation only possible because His precious blood purged all sin, which served only to choke or block any possibility of possessing eternal personal fellowship with God.
Sin was staunchly standing in the way, but God swept it all away, paving the way through His Son for anyone to have a personal relationship with Him!
Any man (1 Timothy 2:4) who accepts the gift of God, only possible through faith in the completed spiritual work of His Son Jesus Christ, has been forgiven (past tense, already done). All his sin has been REMOVED, far from him or her forever.
The way is cleared for eternal fellowship with God forever!
The Bible says in Psalm 103:11-12 (KJB) For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
And, this is a supernatural spiritual gift from God which keeps on giving:
Micah 7:18-19 (KJB) Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Thank God, the forgiveness of sin is not a “one-time” gift only. God did not place a period or ending right then and there. Forgiveness from God is available until such a time comes that Jesus Christ returns to gather His saints, and God deems it time to shutter the door of heaven. Just like God shut Noah and his family inside the ark, God will shut His own spiritual family inside the beautiful confines of the heavenly eternal realm, at a time of His choosing, before waging final destruction upon this world.
Just knowing how merciful God has been in forgiving and removing our sin should work to propel us in encouraging and giving mercy to others who are caught up in the throes of sin — treating them as God has so mercifully treated us. There is no limit to the great power, unconditional love, and mercy available from God. If there were any restrictions and limits posed by the power of God, He would have been unable to forgive any sin through the work of His Son on Calvary or to offer every regenerated man eternal life.
Thank God that is not the case! His supernatural (above the natural limitations) of love and forgiveness is without any reserve or limit!
Paul spoke of the magnitude and depth of the love of God, greater than any other force, in the book of Romans:
Romans 8:37-39 (KJB) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Knowing the magnitude of His tremendous and awe-inspiring love, every man of God should be encouraged to walk worthy of his calling entreating every man as God has so gracefully and mercifully treated him.
Paul was inspired to record these two verses, and many more scriptures in the canon, imploring every pardoned man to treat others with the same forgiveness, favor, and grace he has received:
Ephesians 4:31-32 (KJB) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Colossians 3:12-13 (KJB) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Did you realize that a man can limit God’s forgiveness available for himself by choosing not to forgive others of their sin? God’s power has no limit, but a man can be his own worst spiritual enemy by hoarding an unforgiving spirit directed towards others who have hurt him. This kind of interpersonal treatment leaves an unforgiving root of bitterness to brew and boil over inside a wounded heart:
Matthew 6:14-15 (KJB) For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Walking in love and in the light of God’s great forgiveness always blooms and continues to bud in man’s life. The spiritual fruit of redemption and mercy at work inside the heart of a regenerated man stands in harmony with other like-hearted men and women. It always shines outwardly like a spiritual billboard for beckoning others who are existing spiritually dead and desperately lost in this world.
God desires that the quickened alive child of God shine his light for others lost to see and want in their own life:
1 John 1:7 (KJB) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Lastly, God offered humanity forgiveness of sin and paved the way for him or her to live forever. God always has the best spiritual interests of every man at heart. Ultimately forgiveness of sin and living eternally for bringing honor and glory to God as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament:
Isaiah 43:25-26 (KJB) I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. 26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
What about you, do you ultimately desire to bring God glory and honor both now and at the throne of heaven forever? His quickened alive saints will live forever, casting their crowns to Him and finding joy by serving and adoring Him for all eternity.
Those who choose to dishonor God on this earth will glorify themselves by serving sin now and forever and exist in the fires of hell always.
Please read other devotions in this series including:
Calvary – A Counterfeit Cross
Calvary – His Precious Shed Blood