Did you know that we have power to forgive sins and have the sins of others forgiven. Ahhhh! Gasp!
Jesus said the same thing.
2 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
I gasp thrice because I didn’t, I never saw this before nor did I hear it from any one. See how Jesus addressed Himself, ‘Son of Man’. He was referring to Himself (God) in the form of man. The redeemed man; which we are as the church. Jesus was saying we also, we likewise are able to forgive the sins of mankind, no, not referring to sins or offences against us personally, but that sin that has caused the un-redeemed to face judgment.
John 14:12 – 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
A few days ago, as I wrote in earlier posts, the Holy Spirit revealed how Enoch out of so many generations before him was the only one who didn’t accept the fallen state of man to hinder fellowship with God (Salvation). And so Enoch never died. This brought up the example of the Canaanite woman; who’s fate was already determined because she didn’t belong to the lineage of Abraham, yet she was grafted into it through her faith, because she refused deadness with God. Likewise, in our day, God has given us power to forgive sins, so that we don’t have to accept the deadness of mankind before God.
If there is nothing God can do, without us being His hands and feet in this world, there is example plenty, of what we can do to enable God to do His complete will.
2 Peter 3:9 -The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Matthew 6:9-10 – Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
John 20:23 – If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven [because of their faith]; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained [and remain unforgiven because of their unbelief].”
so, if we as the church and redeemed, family of the Most High God and relaters of mankind, would pray for conviction in the unredeemed, by the Holy Spirit, that they would repent to God, we can demand the will of God in their lives!… the quest is to properly find out if indeed we can forgive as Jesus did, since we are given the same authority He has and are clothed in His righteousness, could it not be that God hears Jesus when we speak in line with God’s Word, When we ask forgiveness for the world. did not Moses pray for forgiveness for Merriam, such that God didn’t, couldn’t hear her because of her sin. So if God cannot hear the world because of it’s sin, could we not ask God for forgiveness for it.
Romans 8: 14-17 – 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! 16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God. 17 And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.
I’m convinced by God’s word, that the redeemed, as children of God, and heirs with Christ that we can ask for forgive of sins for others, not because we are better or cleaner by our admonition, but that the cloak of Jesus’ righteousness is what clothes us, so we can stand in the gap as Jesus, as Jesus would do if He was physically here…I, You, are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the body of Christ, since Christ now lives in us….one seed, multiplied, as the church.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – 19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 20 You were bought with a price
A Further example is of Davids army in 1 Samuel 30. Not all of David’s army went to war, some of them stayed back to rest. God gave them victory and David wanted to share the spoil even with those who didn’t go to battle. The bible describes those men who disapproved with David’s plan to share the spoil as wicked, because they didn’t want to share the rewards with those who didn’t work for it. But David brought to their attention that none of them worked for the victory, the victory was given by God. Could we not see the world with these eyes. There are many who don’t care to find out about God. Could we not stand in the gap for them that they may also share in the Victory of salvation, since none of us won it by our works anyway.
Luke 23:34 34 And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.