MANY BELIEVERS DO NOT REALIZE THAT SOME OF CHRIST’S TEACHINGS BEFORE HIS CRUCIFIXION WERE MEANT FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNDER LAW (OLD COVENANT), AND HIS TEACHINGS AFTER THE CROSS THAT WAS REVEALED TO THE APOSTLE PAUL (Gal 1:11-17), WERE MEANT FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST OR UNDER GRACE (NEW COVENANT).
CHRIST’S TEACHING ON “FORGIVENESS” BEFORE THE CROSS (MEANT FOR THOSE UNDER LAW/OLD COVENANT) SAYS:
(Mat 6:14) “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
NOTICE THAT “FORGIVENESS OF SINS” UNDER LAW (OLD COVENANT) DEPENDS ON YOU FORGIVING OTHERS.
CHRIST TEACHING ON “FORGIVENESS” AFTER THE CROSS (MEANT FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST OR UNDER GRACE / NEW COVENANT) SAYS:
(Eph 1:7) “In him (Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
(Col 3:13) “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
NOTICE THAT “FORGIVENESS OF SINS” UNDER GRACE (NEW COVENANT) DEPENDS ON THE RICHES OF GOD’S GRACE THAT HE LAVISHED ON US WITH ALL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING. FURTHERMORE, IN CHRIST YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN FORGIVEN OF ALL YOUR SINS AND FOR THIS REASON YOU ARE ASKED TO FORGIVE OTHERS OF THEIR SINS AGAINST YOU.
THE PRAYER OF THE APOSTLE PAUL IS WHAT THE CHURCH NEEDS TODAY!
(Eph 1:17-19a) “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION, so that you may know him better. I pray also that THE EYES OF YOUR HEART MAY BE ENLIGHTENED in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!