|Posted by Adeline Prayer Center on October 22, 2015 at 12:25 AM|
I know we don't hear this message being preached often enough that the servants, sons and daughters of our Lord Jesus Christ have the grace given them to forgive sins. Yes, Jesus said it Himself as written in John 20:23 "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." I believe such authority is given to the faithful, true, pure and dedicated believer of our Lord Jesus Christ. I say this because Jesus was speaking to His disciples (those who truly believed in Him) and after He had breathed on them and said to them "Receive the Holy Spirit" in John 20:22, He gave them the authority to forgive people their sins. So now you have to ask yourself who is considered a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ? Will Jesus call you a true disciple of His? If so, we have the grace as children of God to forgive people's sins here on earth. Jesus allows you to forgive sins in His name. Amen.
Let's now examine the audience of Jesus Christ to whom He gave the authority to forgive sins. Reading from John 20:21, Jesus said "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." This tells me that this is a disciple or believer who is answering the call of God to be sent to do the works of Christ. This is a believer living a godly life; one who is truly obeying the WORD and commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ and living Christ-like. Secondly, going back to verse 22, this disciple or believer has been filled with the Holy Spirit. Not a disciple operating under the influence of a demonic spirit or a satanic anointing. Yes, there are several people now in our generation operating with a satanic anointing (power they have acquired from the devil) in the church and you have to be careful as a believer which servant of God or disciple you entrust your life too. Jesus said in Matt 7: 15-23 that by their fruits (the things they do, the things they partake in, the things they produce and the things they say) you shall know them. This means that you will be able to identify the false disciples of Jesus Christ by their fruits. Amen. Having said this, know that there are also true servants of Jesus Christ out there shepherding the flock of God. Just pray to the Lord Jesus for direction and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and direct you to the right disciple and church. Amen.
Though our Lord Jesus Christ has given the grace and the authority to His true disciples to forgive people their sins, you don't have to live in fear, doubt or with the guilt and burden of your past sins because a Pastor or a child of God refuses to forgive your sins. You don't have to live in fear that your sins have not been forgiven you because no servant or disciple of Jesus Christ has ever told you that your sins are forgiven you. You can cry out to our Lord Jesus Christ directly and ask Him to forgive you your sins and He will do that. Jesus said in Matt 11:28 "Come to Me all you who labor (weary) and are heavy laden (burdened), and I will give you rest." Amen. Beloved, the Blood of Jesus has set you free from sin and sorrow. Cry out to Jesus today and He will answer you and set you free. Go and sin no more. Amen.