Thomas Watson – What Is Forgiveness? (1 of 5)

8 Aug

1. Forgiveness of sin is an act of God’s free grace
The Greek word for ‘forgive’ (charizomai) makes clear the source of pardon; pardon does not arise from anything inherent in us, but is the pure result of free grace (charis). ‘I even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake’ (Isa. 43:25). When a creditor forgives a debtor, he does it freely. Pardon of sin is a fine thread, spun out of the heart of free grace. Paul cries out, ‘I obtained mercy’ (1 Tim. 1:13) – ‘I was be-mercied’. He who is pardoned is all betrewn with mercy. When the Lord pardons a sinner, he does not pay a debt, but gives a legacy.

~Thomas Watson~

The Godly Man’s Picture (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1992) p. 9.

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