People of the City of Detroit, we spoke earlier of how the subject of forgiveness goes hand in hand with the Kingdom of God. Let’s examine forgiveness in light of our need to be blessed: Luke 24:44-49 (King James Version)
“44And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48And ye are witnesses of these things.
49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
As we read the 44-46 verses, it is clear that Jesus Christ was the “promise” spoken of by Moses, The Prophets and King David. The “promise” was that God would now forgive the sin(s) of his children, all those who were touched, blessed or forgiven by His beloved (Son) Jesus Christ. Moreover, the Spirit or power of this “promise” would now be delivered by the Father to all nations beginning in Jerusalem. V. 47-49.
God’s forgiveness of our sin(s) empowers us. Consider the following scriptures: Acts 1:3-8 (King James Version)
3To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
The Kingdom of God is created for God’s children. It is the environment wherein we receive love, glory, honor, blessings and forgiveness of sin(s):
Mark 10:13-16 (King James Version)
13And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
15Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
16And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them
The Lord Jesus preached repentance and the forgiveness of sin(s) in this manner:
Mark 1:14-15 (King James Version)
14Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
A person truly empowered by the forgiveness of sin(s), is a blessed person who will overcome the paralysis of self condemnation and the condemnation of others. Romans 8:1. Once the self defeating, paralyzing philosophies associated with condemnation are overcome in our lives, we know as His children we are loved by God and loved by others who have been forgiven by Him. This realm or environment of power and blessings emanates from God and is known as the Kingdom of God.
We who are citizens of the Kingdom of God and are witnesses (recipients) of His power, glory and dominion (forgiveness), extend His Kingdom and Righteousness in the earth by forgiving others, even our enemies. Luke 24:47. By purposefully forgiving others, we fulfill God’s desires (as His will) and all our requests of God in our lives will continually be answered. Luke 11:9.
1 John 2:12 (King James Version):
12I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake
People of Detroit, brothers and sisters, to be blessed of God and to be endowed with His power, we must forgive others. Be blessed.