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May 1, 2020

Why does God forgive sinners?

Ephesians 1: 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight.

God does not forgive us because we are worthy
God does not forgive us because we turn our lives around
God does not forgive us because we have repented. Our sins still make us guilty even if we turn from them.
God is not moved to forgive us based on what we have done or will do. All we can do is sin.
God does not forgive us based on anything in us.
If God did forgive us based on who we are or what we have done, then He would not do it for Himself and HIs own glory.
God forgives to the praise of the glory of His grace. He is moved to forgive by Himself.
God forgives because He freely bestows grace on us in the Beloved.
God for gives because of His love for Himself.
God forgives in accordance with the riches of His grace, not to the degree of our repentance or goodness.

If God forgives because of who He is and not because of who we are or what we become or will become, then why do we think so harshly of Him to think He needs our weak efforts and our weak faith or our weak repentance? Oh no, our faith and our repentance are works of His grace rather than what comes from us. Why do we think God is moved to forgive us based on something we do rather than because of what He does? Why do we think God forgives us based on who we are rather than on who He is?

Sinners should come to the point and rest in the fact that they are not saved because of what they do nor because of what they have done (sin). Sinners are saved by His grace alone and for the sake of His grace alone. Sinners are saved in accordance with the immeasurable riches of His grace which is to say His grace that is lavished on His children is far greater than their sin. Why do we think that our sin, which is so great in one sense, but so little as compared to His grace can overpower His grace? Sinners must simply cry out to Him for grace which alone can turn their hearts to Him. We are in His hands as the Divine Potter and He can do with us as He is pleased to do. Yes, we tend to think of that in the negative. But that is also true in the positive sense. His grace is so great He can forgive the vilest sinner and He can turn the greatest sinner to be a humble and holy person.

Where are sinners to go for a new heart? They must go to Christ and plead with Him to give them a new heart in accordance with His grace.

Where are sinners to go to have their sins be washed in His blood? They must go to Christ who will only do this by grace alone.

Where can sinners go to be sanctified? They must go to Christ who is their sanctification.

Where can sinners to for holiness? They must go to Christ for any true holiness.

Where can sinners go when have so little love for God? They must go to Christ who alone can work this true love in their hearts by the fruit of His Spirit.

Where can sinners go and how can them go when they feel that death in themselves and they have no power to go? They must look to Christ for the slightest good motive and for the energy to go to Him by the power He alone can give them.

Sinners have no power in themselves and all the commands that they are given can only be kept by the strength of His might.

Sinners must have Christ for the whole of their lives and the whole of eternity.

Sinners must not look to themselves for any help or hope, but even that Christ must work in them.

Christ Alone. Grace Alone. What a Gospel of glory? What a Gospel fitted for dead and helpless sinners?