Christ our substitutionary sacrifice.

One of the biggest statements of our faith as believers is, “we believe in the forgiveness of sins.” It is important however to state the reasons why we believe in this and why we can be forgiven. If we just advocate the fact that God is a forgiving God without ever stating why he forgives, we are not really preaching the forgiveness of sins, nor giving people the divine assurance that can only come from God, that their sins are actually forgiven.

This morning, I want to get into the reasons why our sins can be forgiven, and how our forgiveness of sins has and may be attained or obtained.

  1. What is forgiveness of sins? The Bible gives us a description of the blessing of the forgiveness of sins, through a man who greatly needed it, and had received it from God.

Psalm 32:1 esv.   Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered.

                   Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

The NIV text is a little more clearer, and puts this blessing on the lowest cookie shelf, when it translates, “Blessed is the one in whose sin the Lord does not count against them.”

To have your sin and all the things you have done hanging over your head is a frightening condition. When you go and seek relief for your sinful condition, but instead grow worse, it’s a miserable place to be. To know deep down, that every time we sin, its being recorded against us, and will not be forgotten, and we keep accumulating against ourselves sin upon sin, and there is no human relief for this condition.

Psalm 38:4 esv        For my riniquities have gone over my head;

like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

  • It may surprise you when I tell you, there is a condition of the human soul, far worse than this. It is a condition that makes sin virtue and something to be proud of. Isaiah describes this condition and mindset, which we often see.

 20   Woe to wthose who call evil good

and good evil,

       xwho put darkness for light

and light for darkness,

       who put bitter for sweet

and sweet for bitter! [1]

  1. Confession brings release. David describes the condition of his soul, before He confessed his sins to God. All the time he was holding on to them, the misery and pressure built. It was to bring him to the point of releasing it to God.

Psalm 32: 3 esv.      For when I kept silent, my nbones wasted away

through my ogroaning all day long.

   For day and night your phand was heavy upon me;

my strength was dried up2 as by the heat of summer. Selah [2]

When we confess our sins to God, there is a release, and a change of mind, towards the things we formerly practiced. When we bring our sins to God, He takes them from us and places them on His own Son on the cross. This is what the Bible calls repentance.

Psalm 32:5 esv       I qacknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not cover my iniquity;

       I said, “I rwill confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah [3]

You can either keep your sin for all eternity and pay the price for them yourself, or you can let someone else pay the price for you. You and I deserve to be punished for our sins, but it is clear that Jesus has potentially been punished for us. Potentially because it needs to be received. In the way we’ve described. The good news is Jesus took our place. That should have been us on that cross. In fact when we receive it by faith, it is as if we were on that cross, being judged with Him.

I close with the Good News.

mSurely he has borne our griefs

and carried our sorrows;

       yet we esteemed him stricken,

nsmitten by God, and afflicted.