Students of the Bible often wrongly emphasize the sins of individuals over and above the forgiveness of sins as a general proclamation of the King. When this proclamation is contextualized in the New Testament, it pertains to redemption—literally, ones purchase in the marketplace—and the paying off, or “forgiveness” of former debts. The news of this forgiveness is a warning: yes, your debts have been covered, but now, you are in debt to a new Master, duty bound to follow the rules of his household.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 9:1-8.
Episode 271 Matthew 9:1-8; “Metalmania” Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/
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2 thoughts on “The Forgiveness of Sins”
Oftentimes, we see other faiths suggesting Confession is not needed because of the same. I would say to the point of condemning faiths that practice individual Confession. This has nothing to do with me personally; just experience across varying Christian religious practices.
It is a bizarre phenomenon of modern “christianity” that the most pious of certain protestant communities yabber on about Jesus’ death on the cross being an expiation for sins, then deny that in their pronouncements about our need to be forgiven of those very same sins! Which one is it??? Did Jesus already forgive us from the Cross? or not???