|The power of the forgiveness of sin is, and always was, in God's hands.
But He has not always dealt with the process in precisely the same manner.
In the gospels, we see...
The condition is clear - forgive so that God can forgive you.
Mark 11:25,26 - And
when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your
Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if
ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive
Luke 6:37 - Judge
not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned:
forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Matthew 6:12 - And
forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
That isn't the way it is today! (read on...)
Then we see that the 'forgiveness of sin' certainly
There was then and will be in the Tribulation,
etc. a need for confessing of sins in order to be forgiven...
Matthew 26:28 - For
this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission
Mark 1:4 - John
did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for
the remission of sins.
Hebrews 9:22 -
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding
of blood is no remission.
Acts 2:38 - Then
Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift
of the Holy Ghost.
I John 1:9 - If
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 26:18 - To
open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the
power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins,
and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Paul's teachings about
Ephesians 4:32 - And
be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as
God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Ephesians 1:7 -
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace;
Colossians 1:14 - In
whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians 2:13 - And
you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath
he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Romans 4:5-8 -
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly,
his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the
blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins
are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Romans 4:15 -
Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Romans 4:22 - And
therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written
for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom
it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord
from the dead;