indeed (third article on the incident of Mark 2:1-12)
“Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
Look how eager the Lord Jesus was to forgive sins. The man hadn’t even asked for such. No one had asked for forgiveness, for themselves or for the paralytic.
The Lord Jesus brought the subject up and unilaterally announced the man’s sins were gone. And the man lay there and took it.
It’s amazing, is what it is.
Forgiveness is in God’s DNA.
It’s the nature of God to forgive sins, much to the consternation of the enemy who keeps trying to brand God as a sin-inspector/catcher/treasurer. Moses had asked the Lord to “show me your glory.” God said, “I’ll show you my goodness.” (Exodus 33:18-19) We take this to mean that God’s goodness is one element of His glory, although far less than the full measure. In truth, Moses could no more stand to be shown the fullness of God’s glory than a housefly could hope to stand a half-mile from the sun and take it all its radiance without being fried to a crisp in the process.
“The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with (Moses) there, and proclaimed His name: ‘The Lord, the Lord God. Compassionate and gracious. Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness and truth. Maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations. Forgiving iniquity, transgressions, and sins…’ ” (Exodus 34:6-7)
I enjoy pointing out that there is nothing else like this self-revelation from God except for all the places where it is quoted, throughout the Old Testament. The prophetic writers correctly judged this to be one of the most important insights in all history.
We do well to keep in mind that the very nature of God means that He is compassionate and gracious and delights in forgiving iniquity, transgressions, and sins.
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