The Scope Of God's Forgiveness

J. D. Conley
April 2, 2017

The word "scope" implies limits and boundaries, a confined range or realm of containment. Unfortunately, man has erected boundaries around God's forgiveness. Overheard are statements such as, "I've done such horrible things, God could never forgive me." Or, "I've lived such an evil life there is no way God could, or would, save me, so why even try to change?" Undoubtedly, a few are sincere when they say such things, but more often than not, it's an excuse not to repent. Declarations like these are actually tacit admissions for a desire to stay in the quagmire of sin.

By use of the term "scope," it's not implied that God has imposed limits on His desire to forgive. He will forgive anyone for anything provided the sinner has met His terms of forgiveness. The efficacy of the blood of Christ washes away "all unrighteousness," i.e., sin, (1Jn.1:9). In this verse it is also promised that God, "is faithful and just to forgive us our sins..." In this one verse John tells us that not only is the power present to wash all our sins away, but the willingness on God's part is present as well. Furthermore, God's willingness to forgive is trustworthy and dependable!

By complying with God's terms of forgiveness, which are believing in Jesus as God's Son, (Jn.8:24), repenting of our sins, (Lk.13:3), confessing our faith in Christ as God's Son, (Rom.10:9-10), and being baptized for the forgiveness of our sins, (Acts 2:38), there is no scope or limit to God's forgiveness! The vilest of sinners must not doubt this truth, to do so makes God a liar and seeks to dilute the power of Jesus' shed blood.

To help us get a picture of God's great forgiveness, the Psalmist said this, "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us" (Ps.103:12). The prophet Micah adds, "He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea" (Micah 7:19). Listen to how Paul worded God's forgiveness, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" (1Tim.1:15). To paraphrase: "What I am saying is true and I want everyone to believe it. Jesus came to earth for this very purpose - to save sinners, of which I am the worst." Paul did not limit God's forgiveness, instead he accepted it! If salvation is to be ours, we must do the same.