One of the most encouraging passages in the New Testament is Mark 3:28:
Truly I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and blasphemies with which they blaspheme....
This is a great concept for those of us who believe in Christ to take with us into the new year. It enables us to leave the past behind, and look forward to the future, because it offers us three promises:
1. All sins: Not one left out. This enables us to leave all the issues, problems, and evils of the year behind us.
2. Shall be forgiven: In Greek, the word "forgive" literally means, "send away." Forgiveness in the New Testament involves separating you and your sin forever, so that it is "remembered no more forever."
3. The sons of men: In other words, YOU. In the Bible, "sons of men" is used to mean "mankind," "humans," and includes EVERYone. There are no exclusions.
You can look to the new year, and leave the old year behind. Nothing need stay with you into the next year.
Saint Paul said as much, when he said, "I forget those things which are behind, and I press forward toward what is ahead..."
Don't look back. Look ahead. God has dealt with your past. Let it lie.
Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.
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Monday, December 29, 2014
Looking forward to the New Year, #1
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