This morning I played catch up with the study posts and today's assignment was one of my favorites so far.
Today we were to look at forgiveness of sin. Here is the definition according to Easton's Bible Dictionary:
Forgiveness of Sin:
one of the constituent parts of justification. In pardoning sin, God absolves the sinner from the condemnation of the law, and that on account of the work of Christ, i.e., he removes the guilt of sin, or the sinner's actual liability to eternal wrath on account of it. All sins are forgiven freely (Act 5:31; 13:38;1Jo 1:6-9). The sinner is by this act of grace for ever freed from the guilt and penalty of his sins. This is the peculiar prerogative of God (Psa 130:4; Mar 2:5). It is offered to all in the gospel. (SeeJUSTIFICATION.)
*I linked the entire quote so you may go to the site and read as well.
We then were to write down some answers to a few questions that she had provided.
Here are my thoughts/answers (her questions are in bold):
What, according to this definition, is God doing when He forgives our sin?
He is removing our guilt of the sin and pardoning us of the penalties of our sin.
What is He removing?
What is He granting?
His grace and freedom
How much does it cost us?
What did it cost Him?
How long does this last?
Can anyone besides God do this for us?
There are no right or wrong answers. The questions are to get you thinking and the Psalm is all about blessing (thanking) the Lord in all that he has done. Forgiving us of our sins even when we feel we are not worthy is a big thing.
Psalm 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: