4: Forgiveness

06 Feb

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Before you watch the video and/or read the notes, I would like to give you some background information.  The video is presented by Steve Atwood, pastor of ‘Grace Bible Church Chattanooga Tennessee’. Website: . Uploaded with explicit permission from Steve Atwood. These are my personal notes for the video. I’ve tried to keep it true to his message. Feel free to use these notes as you please!

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4: Forgiveness
4-Forgiveness (ODT Text Document)
“15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

Everybody divides the Bible somewhere. When Paul said to ‘rightly divide the word of truth’, that tells us that it must be possible to ‘wrongly divide the word of truth.
The key to understanding the Bible is to understand that we’re to distinguish between the books of the Bible that are written to the church; the body of Christ, and those books that were associated with the doctrine for the nation Israel.

The Gospel of the kingdom was the Gospel (good news) preached during Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry to the nation Israel. It was preached by Jesus Christ, John the Baptist and the 12 disciples. It was preached in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, Acts 1-8. When Paul was saved in Acts 9 he was given, according to Ephesians 3, the dispensation of the grace of God, and according to Acts 20:24, he was given the Gospel of the grace of God. That’s the basis of our study, and that’s the basis of understanding your Bible.
All of the Bible is equally inspired (2 Timothy 3:15-17), but not all of the Bible is written directly TO you, it is all written FOR you. There are certain instructions and admonitions that you need to take heed to, and we find those in Romans thru Philemon; Paul’s epistles. The Bible is laid out exactly how God intended us to distinguish between the doctrine.

Matthew-Mark-Luke-John: They’re called the gospels. Record the life and ministry of Christ, and the teachings of Christ to the twelve.
The book of Acts: Transitions us from law to grace.
Romans thru Philemon: Paul’s epistles. The doctrine of the dispensation of the grace of God.
Hebrews thru Revelation: Deals again with the nation Israel, primarily during the great tribulation and the millennial reign of Christ.

I don’t believe that there’s anything wrong with confessing your sins, but I certainly know, according to the scriptures, that you don’t have to confess sins in order to get forgiveness for them.

Let’s compare some scriptures and see how forgiveness differs in Paul’s epistles, from those writings outside of Paul’s epistles. Paul said, in Romans 11 and 15, that he is the Apostle to the gentiles. He said that Jesus Christ was the minister of the circumcision, and yet he said concerning himself that he’s the Apostle to the gentiles, so let’s look and see what Paul said about forgiveness.


“32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

I want you to understand today, if you don’t understand anything else, that sin today is not the issue, as to whether or not you’re saved or lost. The sin issue was settled at the cross, when Christ died for your sins, and became your sacrifice, sins were no longer the issue. The issue today is; are you willing to accept that which Christ did?


The Lord’s prayer (Jesus Christ was teaching the disciples to pray):
“8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you:
15 but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:8-15

Forgiveness was conditional. Under the kingdom program, there was forgiveness based upon repentance, water baptism for the remission of sins, forgiving others their trespasses towards you.


“13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:13-15

“6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:6

“4 For Christ is end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:4


“9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our , and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Compare that with Colossians 2; “having forgiven you all trespasses”. I thank God that the word “all” means exactly that. “All trespasses”; that means that there’s not one single sin that God hasn’t forgiven us of!



“31 ¶ Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against Holy shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world come.” Matthew 12:31-32


“12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” 1 Timothy 1:12-16

The Apostle Paul is our pattern.

We should be sorry for our sin, we should turn away from our sin, and there’s nothing wrong about confessing before God that we sin, but what I want you to see and understand is that the forgiveness of your sin is not based upon how much you confess it or how earnestly you agonize over it. The forgiveness of your sin was settled 2000 years ago, when Christ died for you on Calvary.

“23 For all have sinned (PAST TENSE), and come short of the glory of God (PRESENT TENSE: ONGOING, CONTINUALLY); 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Romans 3:23

Then I know, as a sinner, that even tho I commit sin in this flesh, that Christ has already forgiven all of my sin. How do I know that?

“3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

How foolish would it be for God almighty, the creator of heaven and earth, to send his Son to this earth, die for our sins, pay for everyone of them by his blood, and then require you to do something in order to receive that forgiveness?! How ridiculous would it be for God to give you his Son for all of your sin, spill his blood there, turn his back on him, forsake him, and then require you to walk down on a church isle or get down on your knees, pray and beg God to forgive you?! Well, God already forgave you!

The word and ministry of reconciliation:
“19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you us: we pray you Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he (God; The Father) hath made him (Jesus Christ: God’s only begotten son, yet God in the flesh) to be for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-21

In other words, when Jesus Christ hung on that cross, bled, died, suffered for our sin, the Bible says that God almighty, as it were, turned his back on his son. Jesus Christ on that cross cried out: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) Why? Because God almighty can not look upon sin and Jesus Christ became sin on that cross.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us together, and made us together in heavenly places Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even law of commandments contained ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:” Ephesians 11


Ransom for ALL:

“3 For this is and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:3-6


Ransom for MANY:

“28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 26:28

“45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

“28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:28

Under the kingdom program, salvation was extended to those jews and to those gentiles who blessed Israel, feared God and worked righteousness, but in the dispensation of the grace of God, which was started with the salvation of the Apostle Paul, salvation today is available to all men, without distinction.

“13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:13

If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your savior, all of your sins are forgiven….don’t let some preacher or anybody else, convince you that there’s something you’ve got to do, either before you are saved or after you’re saved to get forgiveness.


Posted by on February 6, 2011 in Steve Atwood


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2 responses to “4: Forgiveness

  1. John

    February 7, 2011 at 14:11

    The written word is amazing.How can scripture so clearly shown create a problem.Great site.Thanks.D aniel God bless


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