The Way to Pardon Sin


Why the Resurrection Matters

Key Bible Verse: But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Romans 8:1-11

When God forgives us, he releases us from the penalty we deserve. God has the right to exact that penalty. In fact, he must exact that penalty in order to be just. For God to look the other way would be as unjust as a judge excusing convicted murderers or rapists from the penalty they deserve. But through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God satisfies the demands of his justice. The penalty is paid, and so God is able to release us from the penalty for our offense.

Clearly, Jesus’s death provides the grounds for forgiveness. It provides payment of the penalty. The New Testament does not spell out quite as clearly how the resurrection provides forgiveness. But if forgiveness comes through Jesus, as Acts 13:38 insists, then he must be risen [to have] any power or authority for issuing forgiveness. Both his death and resurrection are needed for God to forgive sinners.

The resurrection, then, gives us hope when we sin. When we fail and fall into lying, cheating, lusting, gossiping, stealing, or coveting, we can be confident that Jesus’s resurrection provides the power and authority for God to be faithful and just, to forgive our sins, and to purify us from all unrighteousness.

– Steven Mathewson in Risen

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