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Forgiveness of sin [EBD] -- Easton's Dictionary -- is one of the constituent parts of justification. In pardoning sin, God absolves the sinner from the condemnation of the law, and that on account of the work of Christ, i.e., he removes the guilt of sin or the sinner's actual liability to eternal wrath on account of it. All sins are forgiven freely (Acts 5:31; 13:38; 1 John 1:6-9). The sinner is by this act of grace forever freed from the guilt and penalty of his sins. This is the peculiar prerogative of God (Ps. 130:4; Mark 2:5). It is offered to all in the gospel. (See JUSTIFICATION @ www.classic.net.bible.org) Secret Sin In “A Forgiving God in an Unforgiving World,” Ron Lee Davis retells the true story of a priest in the Philippines, a much-loved man of God who carried the burden of a secret sin he had committed many years before. He had repented but still had no peace, no sense of God’s forgiveness. In his parish was a woman who deeply loved God and who claimed to have visions in which she spoke with Christ and he with her. The priest, however, was skeptical. To test her said, “The next time you speak with Christ, I want you to ask him what sin your priest committed while he was in seminary.” The woman agreed. A few days later the priest asked., “Well, did Christ visit you in your dreams?” “Yes, he did,” she replied. “And did you ask him what sin I committed in seminary?” “Yes.” “Well, what did he say?” “He said, ‘I don’t remember’“ What God forgives, He forgets. - David H. Bolton “A Forgiving God in an Unforgiving World,” Ron Lee Davis. How is forgiveness PROCURED (gotten/obtained)? By the blood of Christ (Romans 3:24-26), "Being justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." How is it SECURED by us? SECURED means "made our own/freed from risk of loss." Forgiveness is secured by faith in Christ (Acts 10:43). "To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth shall receive remission of sins."
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