Forgive Us Our Debts

‘Still enjoying the little book on prayer.

“When we sin, we put ourselves into debt to God.  … when we ask for His forgiveness, we are asking that He forgive our debt.”

I liked Sproul’s rendition of a familiar allegory.  It’s one thing to pay the difference if a kid comes up short for his ice cream.  But if he runs off with it, and a cop brings him back in, “the waitress does not have to accept your money because now the boy has a moral debt, not just a monetary debt.  …  Jesus paid our debt at the cross, but because it was a moral debt, the Father was not required to accept the Son’s payment.  However, in His mercy and grace, He allowed Jesus to pay our moral debt.”

In this chapter, he details a Jonathan Edwards sermon.  Here’s the gist:

1)- God is holy and we are not. “God’s perfect holiness and our sinfulness combine to create a breach we cannot close.”
2)- God is omniscient. “Because God sees and knows all, we cannot hide from Him.”
3)- God is omnipotent. “If He were holy and knew everything but was impotent, we would have nothing to worry about.  … If God puts forth His strength, He will prevail.”
4)- God is immutable.(He does not change). (a) “there is no hope that He will ever stop being holy.”(b) “ Neither can we hope that God’s omniscience will fail Him someday”

“When the Bible speaks of God forgetting our sins, it means that He remembers them  against us no more… a commitment … never to bring it up again.”

(c) “there’s no hope that God will ever lose any of His power”

“When we are estranged from Him, we’ve entered a battle we cannot possibly win.  The only way the battle can end is by our unconditional surrender.”

Regarding Jesus’ words, as we forgive our debtors, Sproul observes:  “If God forgave me in exact proportion to the manner in which I distribute forgiveness to other people, I would perish.  …Jesus is teaching us to aspire to mirror and reflect the kindness of God, to stand ready to forgive…”

Sproul then explains other matters, including church discipline (Matthew 18).

Finally, he ends with this: “Without that grace, without that forgiveness, I don’t think I could live in this world for another sixty seconds.  This is something we all desperately need, and we have but to ask for it.”

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2 Responses to Forgive Us Our Debts

  1. themamaduck says:

    Sounds like a fantastic little book you’re reading! I love today’s blog entry. Thank you for blessing us with it. 🙂

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