Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Who Can?

             In our verses from Luke 5:17-21 quoted below, we read that the Pharisees are asking questions amongst themselves.
              I wonder how many Christians believe that their sins are forgiven.  If you have accepted Christ as your personal Saviour, then you know.  You know He forgave you while on the Cross.

Luke 23:34  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do...
              Yet, in our doubts, there are those times we allow Satan’s demons the possession of our mind.  We wonder, “Have my sins been forgiven?”
              The Pharisees were correct in their question.  Only God, He alone through His Son Jesus can forgive sins.  
              I have read that many “Christians” believe they are going to Heaven, and yet many of then do not believe the Bible as the Word of God.  They, like the Pharisees, don’t believe that Jesus is God, nor do they want to believe anything other than they “in their morality” have saved themselves.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

              We are taught that Jesus is the manifestation of God the Father, the God of Abraham, the God of Jacob.

John 10:30  I and my Father are one.

              Jesus tells us in the Book of John very clearly who He is.  Yet our problem isn’t, “Who can forgive sins?”  It is who can accept that Jesus can forgive you and that He has already forgiven you, if you will accept Him.  “Who Can?”  Have you asked?

Bro John R. E Chastain

Luke 5:17-21  And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.  (18)  And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they soughtmeans to bring him in, and to lay him before him.  (19)  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.  (20)  And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.  (21) And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

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