OBTAIN FORGIVENESS BY PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:3 that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Forgiveness is one of these blessings that we’ve been given in Christ Jesus. God already made forgiveness available to you; what He wants you to do is to obtain forgiveness when you need it; just receive it. This is different from asking God for forgiveness of sin. You don’t need to keep asking for forgiveness over and again for the same offence; receive His forgiveness as an act of your faith.
The Greek word translated “forgiveness” is “Aphiemi”, which means to let go or have freedom. So, the Father’s focus is your freedom from sin. By that, I don’t mean freedom from the bondage of sin, but freedom from sinning. You were already removed from under the bondage of sin and darkness into the Kingdom of God’s Son when you were born again. You’ve been declared not guilty, acquitted, and free.
Acts 26:17-18 gives us further insight into God’s idea about forgiveness. There, the Lord gave Apostle Paul a message for the Gentiles, to open their eyes, “…and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me”. Notice the underlined word, “receive”; it derives from the Greek word, “lambano”, which means, “to take possession of”; to take something and make it yours.
Just as you don’t need to ask for your inheritance in Christ, because it’s already yours, forgiveness has also been provided for you in the Gospel. The same way you receive an inheritance is how you receive forgiveness, because the verse we read says, “…that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”
If you did something wrong, instead of wondering what to do and thinking whether or not God has forgiven you, receive (“lambano” forgiveness. Say, “Father I acknowledge that what I did is wrong, and I receive forgiveness in the Name of Jesus”.