Forgive the Unrepentant?

resurrection from dead, all according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, page 1800). Once saved, always saved. So, in Luke 17:1-4, page 1634, repentance by my brother has nothing to do with salvation, but everything to do with my forgiveness directed to my brother. It also has to do with my interest in helping my brother escape from persistent sin by rebuking him repeatedly for sin. Each time he sins before me, I have a duty to rebuke him, even if he says I repent seven times seven (Luke 17:4, page 1634). Jesus teaches us that each of us has a duty to help our brothers to seek repentance resulting from brotherly rebukes. We should not lose patience with our brothers. We must always be ready to forgive them each time they repent and seek to restore the relationship with us. Let me mention two other matters here. Jesus tells the disciples that they must have faith to implement this complete forgiveness (Luke 17:5-6, page 1634). 1In Luke 17:5, page 1634, the apostles pose a very pertinent request to the Lord: “Increase our faith.” Implicitly, the apostles recognized that faith alone in forgiveness for sins would allow them to walk by faith when it comes to forgiving the brother who seeks forgiveness after being rebuked. Every part of the process of rebuke, repent, and forgive requires faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the disciples should not expect a special reward for forgiving people who repent, because they are only performing the commandments of God to forgive just as God has forgiven you (Luke 17:7-10, page 1634). 2In Luke 17:7-10, page 1634, Jesus explained that servants should not expect thanks for doing the things commanded by their master. Instead, they should say: “We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.” In this context, we learn that Jesus commands us to rebuke and forgive according to His command, and we should not expect some special thanks for doing basic Christianity.  Well, what about the sinful brother who refuses to repent after being rebuked?

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1. In Luke 17:5, page 1634, the apostles pose a very pertinent request to the Lord: “Increase our faith.” Implicitly, the apostles recognized that faith alone in forgiveness for sins would allow them to walk by faith when it comes to forgiving the brother who seeks forgiveness after being rebuked. Every part of the process of rebuke, repent, and forgive requires faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
2. In Luke 17:7-10, page 1634, Jesus explained that servants should not expect thanks for doing the things commanded by their master. Instead, they should say: “We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.” In this context, we learn that Jesus commands us to rebuke and forgive according to His command, and we should not expect some special thanks for doing basic Christianity.