Sunday, January 23, 2022

843. The One and Only True Promise Keeper


There are thousands of works-based religions which will put an emphasis on people making promises to God and trying hard to keep them. This turns the gospel inside-out, because the good news is not based upon our good actions or our sorrows for sins. The New Covenant is based upon God’s promise to us. A promise that will never be broken by God … and a covenant that can never be broken by us.



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Sunday, January 16, 2022

842. The Bondage of Seeking Repeated Forgiveness From God (Part 2)

Taking a single Bible verse out of the proper context can have a negative impact in the minds of well-meaning people seeking the truth. Perhaps this is nearly unrivaled when it comes to 1 John 1:9—where it has been interpreted by many that there is a requirement to keep “confessing” all of your sins to be forgiven or for you to remain forgiven. But who was John speaking to in this first chapter? Believers or those who did not believe?

How does this (false) assumption compare to statements made by Paul and the letter to the Hebrews? How does it compare to things John would say in the very next chapter and near the end of his letter? And just exactly what does confession really mean? We’re following up on last week’s program about the finality of God’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus and His one (1) sacrifice that addressed the sin issue, once for all.



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Sunday, January 09, 2022

841. The Bondage of Seeking Repeated Forgiveness From God (Part 1)

Without blood being shed, forgiveness from God was not extended. Even long before the Mosaic law, sin resulted in the repeated sacrifices of innocent animals where the sins were transferred onto the animal. Seeking a renewed forgiveness from God was ongoing. Then the master plan was put into motion and Jesus happened … and offered one (1) sacrifice as the perfect lamb of God. His blood did what had never happened before by any other sacrifice … it took sins away.

But today the religious community has taught that we need to confess all of our sins to be forgiven (again and again). The only thing missing is the bloody beast to go with it. What happens if you don’t confess every single sin? What if you died with an unconfessed or “unforgiven” sin still hanging over your head? Can you see the impossible requirement with that? This misleading mindset leads to fear and bondage, ignorant of the power of the finished work of the cross. If you think God will forgive you every time you ask or if you express sorrow for your sins, we have even better news for you.



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Sunday, January 02, 2022

840. Buyer Beware: The Quid Pro Quo of Religious Forgiveness

A Bible verse often quoted is when Jesus told His Jewish disciples that if they did not forgive others for their sins, neither would God forgive them for their sins. In context, we see that Jesus wasn’t speaking to all future believers, but rather to people who were trapped within an old (obsolete) covenant which had certain requirements related to works rather than grace. The gospel within a new and better covenant is not based on a quid pro quo — “you do this, and God will do the same for you.” This would be the opposite of the great exchange and would not be good news to the hearers.

The Apostle Paul said something very different to believers in Christ compared to what Jesus stated. Once we realize and understand the magnitude of God already freely forgiving us through the blood of Jesus … we can now forgive others in a way that people under the law would have been unable to do. The difference between what Jesus said compared to Paul is found within two covenants that are not alike. The Old was still in place before the cross, but everything changed after that.



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Sunday, December 26, 2021

839. Forgiven and Delivered From the Power of Darkness

In spite of whatever struggles and challenges come our way within this fallen world, God has declared us forgiven and that we have been delivered from the power of darkness. God has transferred us into His kingdom, it’s His blood that resulted in forgiveness, redemption, and has brought us peace.

As we begin to understand that the knowledge of His will was to bring all of these good things to us as an inheritance, we can live within the light of Jesus Christ where the fruit of God abounds. His strength in us is what we reply upon, not our willpower. It’s all about Christ in us—the mystery revealed.



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Sunday, December 19, 2021

838. Forgiven, Not Condemned - By the Riches of His Grace

As believers in Christ, there is no condemnation at all, unlike there was for Jewish people who were in a works-based covenant which depended on their (failed) attempts at commandment-keeping. They were stuck in a state of condemnation within a ministry unable to provide life or righteousness. Out of 613 commands within the old law, Paul gave an example from the Ten that God engraved … and how he ended up coveting more when trying to live by the rule of “you shall not covet.” That’s not good news. 

Long before the law, Adam was only given one (1) command … and failed to keep it. Paul explained it’s because we’re “In Him” that we have redemption, and it’s through His blood we have an eternal forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Everything about this gospel is based on the work of Jesus. Don’t allow religion to plant doubt and fear by making it about you.

During the podcast we made mention of a previous podcast entitled, "How Can I Know That God Has Forgiven Me?"  That was episode 820, and you can listen to it here.



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Sunday, December 12, 2021

837. Our Works Are Not Our Own - We Have Nothing to Boast About

You’ll catch a few headlines about grace through faith where religion rules, but far too often the focus becomes about our works and what we do to try and get closer to God, increase a fleshly morality, etc. We continue this week on the subject of faith compared to works … and how Paul pointed out on more than one occasion in his writings that we who are in Christ have nothing to boast within ourselves. Nada. Zero.

The good works that flow through us are because we’re in Him … and He is in us. The Spirit of God produces His fruit. We are His workmanship. It’s a resting place where Jesus is our peace, having freed the world from a ministry of impossible commandments and ordinances that were preventing people from attaining right-standing with God.



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