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Forgiveness of Sins
By Christian Nseka
July 7, 2012

I have covered many topics in my book: Messiahs: Individuals. All of these topics relate to the fulfillment of the mission of the Messiah. One of them is forgiveness of sins.

There are individuals who believe that forgiveness of sins means abolition of sins. They believe Jesus’ statement "Your sins are forgiven" (Mark 2:9) to mean that somebody’s sins have been completely eliminated. In other words, they believe that by those words Jesus declared the salvation of the person he healed. What is the true meaning of forgiveness of sins as it pertains to the fulfillment of the mission of the Messiah? Is it correct to interpret Jesus’ words, as quoted above, to mean that he claimed to have eliminated the sins of those he healed? If so, is there any difference between the declarations Jesus made after healing the sick and the one he made when he was on the cross?

It is recorded in the Bible that, when he was on the cross, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34; emphasis added). If we believe forgiveness of sins to mean elimination of sins, whose sins did Jesus ask God to eliminate when he was on the cross? For the sake of argument, let’s say that Jesus asked God to forgive the sins of the Jewish people for not believing in him. Did God eliminate their sins?

If God forgave the Jewish people, meaning that if He eliminated their sins, why did they lose their nation?

Given that they lost their nation, are we to conclude that God did not accept Jesus’ supplication? Of course it is hard to claim that God ignored the supplication of Jesus who offered himself for the sake of God and humanity. So did God forgive them?

Are we right to assume that forgiveness of sins is synonymous to elimination of sins?

 

 

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