Will God forgive us just because… well, because? Can we just approach God on our own? Rather than taking it for granted we ought to ask whether we should presume like that. The good news is that there is a way for us to come to God, a way that He himself has provided. And there is also One who will take us there.  Sermon by Steve Swan from the 20th of March, 2016.

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Of course God will forgive me. That’s his job.

last words of German poet Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

 

 

 

It must have been a very exciting process. Anyone reading Leviticus and thinking of Jesus at the same time could hardly fail to notice a phrase like ‘a male without blemish’ in the list of stipulations. This is the sort of detail that would jump off the page of the Hebrew Scriptures in those first years after the resurrection…

 

Scripture’s sober view of us is that we cannot come near God, in our guilt, without God providing the means for us to live in God’s presence.

Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion

 

 

 

The great miracle of the grace of God is that He forgives sin, and it is the death of Jesus Christ alone that enables the divine nature to forgive and to remain true to itself in doing so. It is shallow nonsense to say that God forgives us because He is love. Once we have been convicted of sin, we will never say this again. The love of God means Calvary – nothing less! The love of God is spelled out on the Cross and nowhere else. The only basis for which God can forgive me is the Cross of Christ.

Oswald Chambers (1874 – 1917) 

My Utmost For His Highest (Nov 19th entry)