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You may resist being branded as a sinner. But it’s a brand no honest person can avoid. A sinner is anyone who knows the difference between right and wrong and chooses to do wrong. *On purpose.* Jesus dealt with sinners in dramatic fashion. He did not condone sin. He did not condemn sinners. He called sin, sin. But instead of insisting people get what the law said they had coming, he extended the very thing sinning people deserved least: *forgiveness.*
The introduction of sin into the human experience left God with a choice. Instead of walking away, he waded into the mess. God’s solution to the problem of sin began with three promises he made to one man. The righteousness available to Abraham through faith is also available to us.
Rules always assume a relationship. God’s rules didn’t establish his relationship with Israel; they were confirmation of his relationship with Israel. God’s plan, beginning with Abraham, always included all the nations of the earth. So, we should not be surprised
to discover that when Jesus appe...
Experiencing personal forgiveness for personal sin is often the starting point for personal faith. In all of history, only Jesus offered himself as the answer to the question of what to do when we can’t forgive ourselves. You don’t have to forgive yourself; yourself has already been forgiven.