Who Can Forgive Sins?
When Jesus saw their
faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And
some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,
“Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins
but God alone?” Mark 2:5-7.
But Joshua said to the people,“You cannot serve the
Lord, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive
your transgressions nor your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve
foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after
He has done you good.” Joshua 24:19-20.
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven
and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple
which I have built! Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his
supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which
Your servant is praying before You today: that Your eyes may be open
toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which You said,
‘My name shall be there,’ that You may hear the prayer which Your
servant makes toward this place. And may You hear the supplication of
Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this
place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.”
1 Kings 8:27-30.
Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am
desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses! Look on my affliction and my pain,
and forgive all my sins. Psalm 25:16-18.
Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. Psalm 51:4.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. Psalm 86:5.
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Lord,
hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my
supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who
could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be
feared. Psalm 130:1-4.
“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I
will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of
Judah not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in
the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of
Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,
says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house
of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their
minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they
shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and
every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know
Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For
I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit
that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you
reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to
the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up
your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power
on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you,
arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Mark 2:8-11.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and
conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have
redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians
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