Jn 1:29 — John [the baptist] saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold; look; pay attention; the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"
1 Pet 1:19 — [we are redeemed] with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot [like old covenant sacrificial lambs].
1 Jn 2:2 — Jesus is the propitiation (payment) for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
When Jesus said in John 19:30 "It is finished," God placed His entire wrath upon Jesus for our sins. (behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world). This forever satisfied God’s wrath. Since that time, God hasn’t been judging our sins (2 Cor. 5:19 — God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them).
God is not counting our sins against us. God is not counting sins against anyone.
Heb 10:15 — The Holy Spirit testifies to us; saying…. (Quoting Jeremiah speaking of the new covenant (16) "THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM…." He then says, (17) "AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE." [Jer 31:33-34.]
Rom 4:8 — Quoting David "BLESSED IS THE PERSON WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT." [Ps 32:2.]
2 Corinthians 5:17 says that anyone who is in Christ, is a brand new creation, the old creation [your spirit which was dead in sin] passed away, behold, the new creation (a new supernatural being) has come into being. (18) Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, (19) namely that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word/message of reconciliation. We have the ministry of reconciliation. We are commissioned to tell people that God is not counting their sins against them.
Additionally, We can forgive others just as Christ has forgiven us. [Col 3:13].
We can retain sins or release them. John 20:21 — So Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you." (22) And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." [They are born again here.] (23) "Whosoever sins you [aphiemi, apo (away) hiemi (send) = send away] their sins are sent away [because God has already forgiven them] ; whosoever sins you retain [hold on to], they are retained." Now that they are born again they have the power to forgive as they have been forgiven and release the person who sins against them or retain (hold on to) the sin and not pass on the release that God has already given.
Don’t hold on to sin that God has already released.
Don’t hold on to someone’s sin when they sin against you; forgive them like Christ has forgiven you.
Parable about being unoffendable:
Matt 18:23 — "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. (24) When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. [A talent was worth more than fifteen years’ wages of a laborer.] (25) But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. (26) So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ (27) And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt." We are the slave that God has forgiven an insurmountable debt.
(28) "But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii [a denarius was a day’s wages] and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ (29) So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ (30) But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed."
This is a picture of us not forgiving a small debt to our neighbor, even though we have been forgiven a debt we could never repay.
(31) "So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. (32) Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. (33) Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’"
Any debt that could be owed to us is insignificant compared to the debt of which we have been forgiven.
As Col 3:13 says, We can pardon others just as Christ has pardoned us. We don’t have to wait for them to say "pardon me."
The parable continues:
(34) "And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. (35) My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart."
Since God is no longer holding our sins against us he will not turn us over to the torturers (demons), but if we withhold forgiveness from our neighbor we will turn ourselves over to the torturers.
The main thrust of this parable is that when people wrong us, remember God’s great mercy that He has shown to us and respond the same to them.
Eph 4:31 — All bitterness, wrath, anger, complaining and slander be [airo = lifted] from you, along with all malice… (Desire to see another suffer).
How are these sins lifted from you? (32) Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
The Holy Spirit will empower us to forgive others as we have been forgiven which will lift these sins from us, just like Jesus told the disciples they could do:
John 20:23 — Whosoever sins you send away their sins are sent away (because God has already forgiven them).
Send away the sins of others so we don’t get bitter.
Otherwise Heb 12:15 — a root of bitterness can spring up and trouble you and defile [contaminate] many.
Unforgiveness causes bitterness and bitterness breeds: anger, wrath, complaining, slander and malice (desire for another to suffer).
If we stay unoffendable by forgiving as we have been forgiven then bitterness will never take root.
And we can walk in freedom from torture and the joy of being forgiven and forgiving others.
Let’s become experts at passing on the forgiveness that Jesus paid for so we will remain unoffendable.
Continued in Part 2.