summoning him, his lord said to him, 'You wicked
slave, I forgave you all that debt because you
entreated me. 33 'Should you not also
have had mercy on your fellow slave, even as I had
mercy on you?' 34 "And his lord, moved
handed him over to the torturers until he should
repay all that was owed him. 35
"So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if each
of you does not forgive his brother from your
heart." Matthew 18:32-35 (NAS)
We assume in this lesson that you have already
fully completed Lesson 1 on the Gospel of Jesus
Christ and that you understand what is meant by
"obedience to the gospel." Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood so that
we might have the forgiveness of our sins.
The Debt We Owe To God
the slave in the parable who owed 10,000 talents, the
debt that we owe to God is a very large one.
The debt we owe is the penalty of death for
the sins that we have committed:
the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God
is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans
When we obey the gospel (the
obedience of faith - 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 1 Peter
4:16, Romans 6:1-17, Romans 1:5, Acts 2:38-39)...we
receive forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ
and His blood.
An Immeasurable Gift
How can one measure the gift
of forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven? As we consider the great
magnitude of our debts owed to God...how can we not
forgive others for the debts that they owe us?
The warning from Matthew 18 above is clear:
shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if each of
you does not forgive his brother from your heart."
Matthew 18:35 (NAS)
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