III. Dealt with our Transgressions
A. Forgiveness of Sins
Colossians 2:13c - having forgiven you all trespasses
Psalm 32:1 - Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
Acts 10:43 - To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”
Ephesians 1:7 - In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
John MacArthur lists 6 characteristics of God’s forgiveness:
1. God’s forgiveness is gracious, or unearned
Titus 3:4–7 - But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
2. God’s forgiveness is complete
1 John 2:12 - I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
3. God’s forgiveness is eager
Psalm 86:5 - For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
4. God’s forgiveness is certain
Acts 26:17–18 - I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
5. God’s forgiveness is unequalled
Micah 7:18 - Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
6. God’s forgiveness is motivating
Ephesians 4:32 - And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
B. Cancellation of Debt (Penalty)
Colossians 2:14 - having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
χειρόγραφον (cheirographon) - literally means “something written by the hand” and referred to a certificate of indebtedness that someone would write when they took out a debt.
δόγμα (dogma) - formal statement of rules and regulations that had to be observed.