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Daily Bread - March 16, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:23
1 John 2:12 - I write to you, little children, because your sins have been
sent away because of His name .

The New Testament concept of forgiveness reaches beyond just a willingness
on the part of God to overlook our sins. The forgiveness that God has
granted us is that our sins are completely removed. The mercy of God that
was revealed in the blood of Jesus has taken away our sins, having lifted
them off of us and sent them away (John 12:32-33).

There are a number of Hebrew words that translate the Greek word 'aphiemi',
which is used here and translated by many as 'forgiveness' but translated
'sent away' in this translation. The most outstanding is the Hebrew word
'nasa' which means to 'lift up' or 'carry away'. Jesus 'lifted up' our sins
at Calvary and bore them in His own body, so that we may be 'dead to' or
'cut off' from our sins (1 Peter 2:24). In the New Testament, this
particular Greek word is most often translated 'let go' or 'to leave' as in
Mark 1:20, 31, 10:28, 12:12; John 4:3, 52, 16:28. Thus, our sins have "left
us because of His name."

God in His loving kindness is always ready to forgive us by removing our
sins at the very moment we ask Him to do so. He will do this because we
have placed our trust in the name of Jesus, in Whom God has vested all
power and authority (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:19-21; Proverbs 18:10).
However, God requires us to walk in His love and forgive others as well
(Matthew 6:12, 14, 18:21-35; Luke 17:3; Mark 11:25).
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