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Two Everythings (Part 03) - Two Forgivenesses (Eternal and Temporal)

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5. Two forgivenesses
A. Eternal forgiveness of sins
i. There is an eternal forgiveness of sins which is unconditional in nature which makes the elect acceptable with God and brings them into relationship as sons with Him.
ii. This forgiveness of sins happened to the elect when they were still dead in trespasses and sins and was therefore not dependent on anything they did.
1. Col 2:13 - And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
iii. This forgiveness of sins is our redemption by Christ's blood which was shed for us on the cross.
1. Eph 1:7 - In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
2. Col 1:14 - In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
iv. Our sins were purged by Jesus by Himself.
1. Heb 1:3 - Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
v. This eternal forgiveness of sins was obtained by Christ when He entered into the holy place after his death.
1. Heb 9:12 - Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
2. Redemption - 1. a. Deliverance from sin and its consequences by the atonement of Jesus Christ.
vi. The sins of God's children are forgiven.
1. 1Jn 2:12 - I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
2. This forgiveness is a completed fact for the elect.
B. Temporal or fatherly forgiveness of sins
i. There is also another aspect of forgiveness of sins which is conditional in nature and brings the elect into fellowship with God.
ii. This is the type of forgiveness that a father would give to a wayward son who repents -- it doesn't make one a son, but brings a son into fellowship with his father.
iii. This forgiveness is dependent on confessing our sins.
1. 1Jn 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2. The people this verse is written to are already children of God and all their sins are forgiven eternally (1Jo 2:12).
3. This is also obvious because the apostle John includes himself in it - "If we confess our sins....forgive us our sins...cleanse us..."
4. This is a continual process that must be done throughout our lives because even God's elect still sin (1Jo 1:8; Ecc 7:20).
iv. This temporal forgiveness of sins is conditioned upon repentance and baptism, which is accompanied by confession of sins.
1. Act 2:38 - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
2. Act 10:43 - To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
3. Mar 1:5 - And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
4. The elect receive temporal, not eternal, forgiveness of sins when they confess their sins and are baptized.