“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:13-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: Forgiveness of sins is to be preached, it is not to be prayed for.
From Paul’s word in Acts 26:18 where forgiveness of sins was implied and Paul explained it to be a by-product of faith in Christ, we began a journey into seeing accurately if forgiveness of sins was an answer to prayer or an everyday confession of sins (which is not scriptural) or if it was a preaching. Recall that the word forgiveness is synonymous with deliverance; hence why forgiveness implies deliverance or release from bondage of wrong, and thus in Luke 4:18-19 this word forgiveness was translated as deliverance. And from Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18-19, it is clear that His flow of thoughts was on preaching, hence why the word preaching was emphatically used three times; meaning, forgiveness is a message to be preached, it is the message of Christ. The message of forgiveness or deliverance is the message of the gospel. The preaching of the gospel is the preaching of forgiveness (deliverance from sins). Paul echoes same truth in Colossians 1:12-14 which reads “Giving thanks unto the father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear son; In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins”. The deliverance he is talking about here in verse 13 is the forgiveness of sins which he explained in verse 14. Don’t forget “forgiveness” is “aphesis” in Greek and it implies a release from the bondage of wrong; deliverance from iniquity. This deliverance is preached, in essence forgiveness is preached. And when a man believes that Jesus died for sins, then forgiveness of sins takes effect; meaning, it happens by believing that Jesus died for sins, and not confessing individual misdeeds or sins. Take note that the word “aphesis” is used for forgiveness of sins, to let go of sins. It was used for release from sins; to send away; complete forgiveness from the bondage of sins. So the believer in Christ has complete forgiveness from the bondage of sins. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You’ve been completely forgiven, acknowledge this.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the forgiveness of sins which is my present day reality based on Jesus’ finished work, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Forgiveness is a preaching and this preaching when believed is what gives complete freedom from sins’ bondage.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 9; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 10