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Lesson # Luke 5:20-21
Study Material - Luke 5:20-21
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
20 And seeing their faith, He said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven you.' 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, 'Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?'
The faith of the man and his companions is obvious to Jesus. Others in the room and of those waiting outside the home, were there to get their problems fixed. The genie was in so get there and wait ones turn!!
Jesus immediately sees the mans faith and in the presence of the entire crowd, his lesson for the day is presented. 'Your sins are forgiven.' Whoa! This produces an immediate response from those who would be experts in the spiritual field. 'Only God can forgive.' And of course that is correct to some degree.
Each of us can forgive those who have offended us, but that is really a social relationship that we maintain in our daily lives. We can forgive or we can hold grudges. Whichever way we go will determine how our social life will proceed. This has to do with our personal character and dealings with others. Certainly if you are a forgiving person you have the opportunity of being a better person overall.
However your spiritual life is not affected by human forgiveness unless it is accomplished from within the sphere of spiritual fellowship. Which in turn becomes the application of the forgiveness concept in your daily and spiritual life. When we apply doctrine to our life we are in effect building or furnishing that castle, or temple if you will, in our soul - gold silver and precious stones. Any good deeds performed while out of fellowship is nothing more than the production of the sin nature - wood, hay, and stubble. Energy of the flesh will be discarded by Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Here, Christ possesses power, 'dunamis', might, force, specialty, strength, might of unique origin, miraculous power. He possesses the power to forgive, 'aphiemi', send forth, to go, lay aside, yield up, to forgive. There is also the concept of judgment. These three all put together on the Cross produce the victory that is irreversible and complete. The Cross accomplished the judgment of sin and entry into the plan as well as the family of God. Confession accomplishes the forgiveness of sin. Note, sin was not forgiven on the Cross, only judged and there is a very big difference between the two concepts.
Your sins have been judged and therefore you will not ever be judged for any of your sins, but forgiveness is a matter of recognition of ones failure in life, as well as a recognition of Gods authority over all of life, and ones responsibility to acknowledge those sins before God. Sins are filth and the confession process is the cleansing away of ones sins.
This man was a believer. Confession applies to believers only. God deals only with those within His family. He does not apply family rules to the neighbors so to speak. Other rules apply to them.
Now for the Pharisees and such. They are self righteous. Self righteous peoples maintain that they are objective, that they look at al the alternatives of life, that the Bible restricts them in life. And that opinion is so far from the truth, that it is actually the lie which deceives. Bible doctrine gives the widest possible freedoms in life. Rejection of God and His word confine one to the tightest prison life possible in life.
Self righteousness is driven by sin, which is driven by arrogance. Arrogance is the foundation or corner stone of sin. Sin is the illness, the disease of the soul that incapacitates ones true life. It is the spiritual sickness of which we cannot see, but by reference to many examples of physical illnesses and infirmities we can see the results of spiritual sickness.
We have seen the fever, demon possession, leprosy, and paralysis. Each of these carry with them certain symptoms and when they are diagnosed the person is said to be symptomatic or displaying the symptoms of the perceived disease, illness, etc.
These Pharisees were symptomatic of their lack of a spiritual life. They picture themselves as authorities, yet they do not even recognize the true identity of the one sitting right in front of them. They have the very scriptures that you and I read - the Old Testament scriptures. They have all the information they need to be able to clearly identify Jesus as either the real deal, or a fraud.
What do they do? They consult not the scriptures, but they consult among themselves. Arrogant people do not do their homework. They jump to conclusions, they research only to verify that which they already believe. Lacking objectivity, lacking an open mind, arrogant people will never reach true conclusions.
They accuse Jesus of blasphemy yet it is they who are blaspheming. They conclude it is God alone who can forgive, which is true of the spiritual life. No priest can forgive your sins. No family member can forgive sins. No friend nor anyone can forgive sins with respect to the spiritual life. The world in general is quite unforgiving when it comes to failures that we all have in our lives. It is far better to seek forgiveness from God, because we can depend on that forgiveness, more so than we can get it from people. People are generally vindictive and implacable when it comes to our failures.
So they guess correctly that it is God who can forgive, but then who is God? Ah! Maybe a little test would be in order.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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