Forgive the Unrepentant?

Forgive the Unrepentant Believer?

Luke 17:1-4, Page 1634

          People often ask me about forgiveness and repentance.  They have questions about what to do when a sinful brother receives a rebuke about sinful behavior, but completely ignores that rebuke and continues in sin. What do you do with that brother?

Basic, Complete Forgiveness

       Let me start with the basics. We know that God will never ignore the guilt of sinners, but He remains full of compassion, grace and lovingkindness (Exodus 34:6-7, page 146; Romans 6:23, page 1766). 1In Exodus 34:6-7, Moses has returned to Mount Sinai after the people of Israel sinfully worshiped a golden calf. The LORD passed by in front of Moses and declared that the LORD the Lord God (“יְהוָה אֵל”) has wonderful qualities: “compassionate, and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” God declared Himself to be “jealous” (“אֵל קַנָּא הוּא”) and said His name is “Jealous” (“קַנָּא”) (Exodus 34:14, page 146). 

1 Peter 2:24, page 1896
“and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”

Jesus died upon the cross and “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness  . . . ” (1 Peter 2:24, page 1896). 2In 1 Peter 2:24, page 1896, we read that Jesus Himself bore (“ἀνήνεγκεν”) our sins (“τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν”) in His body on the cross. Let me highlight the significance of the original text here. The word “bore” stands in the aorist tense, which emphasized the completeness and totality of the act. Jesus bore all of our sins: completed, total act. All our sins were laid upon Him, once and for all time. Therefore, our payment for sin was complete upon the death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus did not redeem us on the installment plan. One payment, one time, for all sins of all people, no matter when they lived, past, present or future. As believers, we also know that all of our sins were laid

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1. In Exodus 34:6-7, Moses has returned to Mount Sinai after the people of Israel sinfully worshiped a golden calf. The LORD passed by in front of Moses and declared that the LORD the Lord God (“יְהוָה אֵל”) has wonderful qualities: “compassionate, and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” God declared Himself to be “jealous” (“אֵל קַנָּא הוּא”) and said His name is “Jealous” (“קַנָּא”) (Exodus 34:14, page 146).
2. In 1 Peter 2:24, page 1896, we read that Jesus Himself bore (“ἀνήνεγκεν”) our sins (“τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν”) in His body on the cross. Let me highlight the significance of the original text here. The word “bore” stands in the aorist tense, which emphasized the completeness and totality of the act. Jesus bore all of our sins: completed, total act. All our sins were laid upon Him, once and for all time. Therefore, our payment for sin was complete upon the death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus did not redeem us on the installment plan. One payment, one time, for all sins of all people, no matter when they lived, past, present or future.