Last week we studied and found that we need only look to the cross on Calvary to find repentance and forgiveness, which only come from Jesus (Act 5:31 KJV). We find a need and desire for a new life (Romans 8:1 KJV; James 1:21-25 KJV) and that we find forgiveness for our sins only comes from Jesus (1 John 1:9 KJV) who has power to forgive sins (Mark 2:5-10 KJV).
Why can our sins be forgiven only by Jesus? The Bibles says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5 KJV).
Jesus is the only Mediator that we have and that is because God appointed Him, and Him alone, to do this work.
The Bible says, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son (John 5:22 KJV) and it would be blasphemy to seek forgiveness from anyone else (Mark 2:7 KJV).
What an opportunity we have with Jesus as our Judge and our Attorney.
So how do we obtain forgiveness?
First, we recognize that the blood Jesus shed on the cross was shed for “me” because the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23 KJV) and “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23 KJV). He shed His blood so “I” don’t have to die for “my” sins.
Second, as we realize this with Godly sorrow, we ask Him to forgive “me.” Confession of our sins is a private and individual matter between “me” and God. No one else needs to know what we confess.
This is freedom when we can open our heart to Jesus who knows everything (Psalms 11:4 KJV) but He wants us to recognize our sins and then tell Him (2 Chronicles 7:13 KJV) because in sinning we have sinned against Him.
The Bible says, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight…” (Psalms 51:4 KJV).
When we confess to Him, He “cleanses us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 KJV) and He promises to “cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19 KJV).
He’s the One Who I want to confess my sins to. He’s the One Who I want to hear say “thy sins are forgiven thee” (Luke 5:20 KJV).
Next week we’ll see what happens after we are forgiven.
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