Paul N. F. (6 Sep 2012)

     By A. W. Tozer
     If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
     our sins. 1 John 1:9
             Seekers and inquirers have often voiced this deep
     question of concern: "Why does God forgive?  and how
     does God forgive sin?"
             There is plain teaching throughout the Old and New
     Testaments concerning God's willingness to forgive and
     forget.  Yet there are segments of the Christian church
     which appear to be poorly taught concerning God's clear
     remedy, through the atonement of Christ, for the believer
     who has yielded to temptation and failed his Lord.
             God knows that sin is the dark shadow standing
     between Him and His highest creation, man. God is more
     willing to remove that shadow than we are to have it
             He wants to forgive us -- and that desire is a part of
     God's character.  In the sacrificial death of a lamb in the
     Old Testament, God was telling us that one day a perfect
     Lamb would come to actually take away sin.
             That is how and why God forgives sin now.  In John's
     words: "We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus
     Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our
     sins"   -  -  1 John 2:l-2a.

             Yours in Christ,
             Paul N. F.