In yesterday’s post I made a pretty bold statement: believing that God’s forgiveness is dependent upon our forgiving others is a lie spread by Christians.
Here’s what the Bible teaches that shows this is the case:
Judgment Is an Old Covenant Consequence For Not Forgiving
When Jesus taught that to be forgiven one must forgive, who was he talking to?
The Bible shows us God relating to people in two different ways at two different times. The first way is called the Old Covenant.
If the people of ancient Israel obeyed God’s commands, they received God’s blessing and favor. If they disobeyed God’s commands, they didn’t.
That’s really oversimplifying it, but basically that’s how it worked.
When God sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross, that event initiated a new way for God to relate to us. No longer is the status of our relationship with God based on commands we obey, but upon God’s grace and mercy. This new arrangement is called the New Covenant, and it is the way God relates to us now.
Most Christians don’t realize that Jesus lived under and taught from the perspective of the Old Covenant. [Read more…]