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Bible Study Lesson 44

The Forgiveness Of Sin By God
 A.  God's Invitation To The Sinner
 B.  Though Your Stains Be Deep Red, You'll Be White As Wool
 C.  God's People Shall Be Forgiven
Identifying God's People In These Last Days

 E.  Other Conditions For Forgiveness Of Sins 
.  Asking For Forgiveness - The Publican And The Pharisee
 G.  Asking For Forgiveness - The Prodigal Son



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 44G.  Asking For Forgiveness - The Prodigal Son



44G.1  Is there a proof that God will accept a sinner who would sincerely repent and return to Him and embraced once more by His statutes?  How else is God's mercy and and kindness best exemplified?

In another parable, our Lord Jesus Christ delineated God's mercy, thus:

And he said, "There was a man who had two sons;   and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them.  Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.   And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want.  So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. . But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants."'  And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.  And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' (Luke 15:11-21, RSV)

Our Lord Jesus Christ narrated how a prodigal son, after squandering his inheritance for nothing, found himself devoid of everything.  Driven by a remorse and penitent heart, he once again sought his rich father's pleasure.  He humbly admitted his guilt and prepared to accept any punishment that would be meted out on him.  But, even before the repentant son could speak, his father met him with love and compassion.

What then did the father do upon the return of his prodigal son? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ narrated further, In Luke 15:22-24, this is written:

But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet;  and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry;  for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. (RSV)

In the parable, those who have sinned are the prodigal sons.  And, God is the Father who is rich in love and mercy.  If we would only humble ourselves before Him and accept our wrongdoings, God will readily embrace us back to His fold.

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The Forgiveness Of Sin By God" was made clear and meaningful to you by the verses of the Holy Bible.


Seeking God's forgiveness for the wrongdoings he has done is only a part of the procedure set by the Lord Jesus Christ for man to attainment of salvation and eternal life. "The procedure on what a man should to to attain salvation and eternal life on the Day of Judgment will be studied in detail in Lesson 46   "What Should A Man Do To Be Saved And Attain Eternal Life"


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