Summary of the Ten Forgiveness Sayings of Messiah
- The First Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
- The Second Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
- The Third Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
- The Fourth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
- The Fifth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
- The Sixth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
- The Seventh Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
- The Eighth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
- The Ninth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
- The Tenth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah
Summary of the Ten Forgiveness Sayings of the Messiah:
So what have we learned through all ten of the Ten Forgiveness Sayings of Messiah?
The First Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
Only Adonai can forgive sins and He can forgive whomever He wants, whenever He wants, in whatever way He wants.
The Second Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
Adonai will forgive the sins of anyone who hears and believes His Voice that is spoken (by Him) through the Word of His Chosen One, the Mashiach.
The Third Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
In the kingdom of Adonai forgiveness is a compulsory act. Those who fail to show mercy to others will be shown no mercy by Adonai. If one does not forgive his brother from his heart then Adonai will refuse to forgive him.
The Fourth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
The entire Testimony of the First Jewish Gospel is anchored on one direct quote of Messiah from one Scripture fragment. The Message of Messiah the King is that the people of Israel have: “Eyes to see and ears to hear but they do not [yet] see or hear.”
The Fifth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
Where does forgiveness end and the practice of not-forgiving begin?
The incredible answer is that as long as there is repentance there is no limit to how many times we are required to forgive those who trespass against us. If we want unlimited mercy, forgiveness and favor granted to us by Adonai then we must grant unlimited mercy, forgiveness and favor to others. Otherwise, we will receive from Adonai exactly the same measure of limited mercy, forgiveness, and favor that we have measured out (given) to others.
The Sixth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
Does the practice of unlimited forgiveness require voluntary forfeiture of one’s right to compensation for debt-repayment?
Remarkably the answer is “Yes.” The teaching is that if we want all of the charges or obligations against us “pardoned,” then in the same measure we must dismiss all charges, release all claims, and set at liberty anyone who has, is or possibly could be legally restrained by us. However, the requirement for unlimited forgiveness only applies to those who truly repent. Without repentance there can be no forgiveness. In such a case there is an ‘obligation’ to prosecute (correct, teach, rebuke) the offending person so that they will not continue to harm others and ultimately harm themselves by offending Adonai; who is Avi-khol (the Father of All) and HaShofet (the Judge of all).
The Seventh Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
Not only are we required to practice unlimited forgiveness and pardon others as a prerequisite for our receiving the same, we have to do so from the “heart” or the heavenly Father will not forgive our transgressions. What is the circumcision of the heart? First, Messiah Yeshua’s death on the accursed tree cancelled out our sins. This sacrifice was the just means that our heavenly Father applied for our redemption. Second, due to Messiah’s atoning sacrifice we are cleansed of our sins so that we might receive a new Spirit, the Spirit of Grace. This gift from the Father is the Forgiving Spirit that must reside in all believers. Therefore, it is the Presence of the Holy Spirit that enables us to meet the Father’s high standard of forgiving all others “from the heart.“
The Eighth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
It is possible to reject the evangelistic overtures (calling) of the Holy Spirit. If we repeatedly refuse the Spirit of Holiness’ offer to cleanse us from sin, by our exercising faith in the redemptive sacrifice of Messiah, eventually our hearts will become hardened. These kinds of repeated acts of rejecting the convicting and saving testimony of Messiah and works of the Holy Spirit (tragic as they are) are not the same thing as “Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.” When can Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit occur? Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit can only occur in two special historical circumstances: one, at the time of the Messiah’s first coming to earth, when the religious leaders called the Spirit of the Holy One (that forever indwells Him), “the spirit of Satan;” and two, at the time of the future false messiah; when the false messiah’s followers will call his spirit (the indwelling spirit of Satan), “the Spirit of the Holy One.” However, although there is no unpardonable sin of the Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit today, there is an “unpardonable state.” This is true because after physical death there is no future pardon for a person who has repeatedly rejected (during their past mortal life) the Holy Spirit’s generous offer of salvation.
The Ninth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
The accursed tree (the cross) that is configured in the ancient Hebrew Sign of the Tav (indicating covenant and ownership) provides a satisfaction of the Righteous Father’s wrath that allows redeemed humanity to be restored to full- fellowship with Him. Redemption is the specific means by which our salvation is achieved. It is the payment of ransom. The efficient cause of redemption is the Holy Spirit.
In the Torah the Hebrew terms pada (פָּדָה) and gaal (גָּאַל) indicate to redeem or free by paying a price and thereby affecting a release by ransom. In the HaBrit HaChadashah these Hebrew terms are translated as “buying,” “procuring,” “loosing,” and “freeing.” The noun redemption speaks of the emancipation that occurs through payment of a very high price. Occasionally (in ancient times) the word redemption is used to denote the act of purchasing in a market, especially a slave market. Adonai promises in the Torah to “redeem” Israel from all her sins (Psalm 130:8).
Jeremiah declares the impossibility of self-ransom and that Adonai must unilaterally save us through His own strong right arm.
“I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me.” Therefore, the Messiah was sent by the heavenly Father to us to redeem us from the “curse” of the law (that we cannot perfectly live up to it). The meritorious cause of redemption is foreshadowed in the blood of the Tabernacle and Temple sacrifices. These are symbols of the blood of Messiah. However, the blood of the Suffering Messiah cries out a better message than that of Cain. Instead of vengeance, the blood of Messiah cries out, “I love you.” “Father forgive!”
Man is the “object” of reconciliation. Through our faith in the Messiah we are substantively changed from enemy to friend.
We who formerly as transgressors of the Law feared Adonai’s wrath now rejoice in the heavenly Father’s Presence. Why did the heavenly Father make all of these incredible sacrifices to redeem you and I from sin and reconcile us to Him as our Father and as our friend? Yes, for love but also for Joy! It is for the eternal Joy of returning things back to the way they were always intended to be that Abba Avinu went through all of this trouble. No doubt the prize of the eternal Joy that is ahead in the new heavens and the new earth is so great that Adonai considers all of this loss as nothing in comparison to the Great Joy that is in store for Him and His children. We will forget completely this time of sin, suffering, and death. We will remember it no more. The taint of it will be completely removed from our conscious being. Jeremiah informs us that the reasons why our heavenly Father has endured the insults and the shame, why He sacrificed so very much is for JOY!
It (this redeemed community; literally city) will be to Me a Name of Joy (Shem Sason-שֵׁם שָׂשֹׂון), praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace that I make for it.
We have learned that the Messiah for the Joy that was set before Him endured the suffering on the accursed tree, and despised the shame. The suffering of an atoning death was considered as nothing to the Father and the Messiah in comparison to the Great Immeasurable Joy of returning us to a righteous, joyous loving relationship with Him and each other. This is why the Messiah said just hours before His time of sacrifice: “Amen, amen, I say to you that you will weep and wail, and the world will rejoice. Yes, you will be grieved; but surely your grief will be turned to SASON-JOY (שָׁשׁוֹן).
The woman that is about to give birth has pain because her days are fulfilled, but after she gives birth to the child she no longer remembers her pain; she is SIMCHA-HAPPY (שְׂמֵחָה) because a person was born into the world. You too will now be grieving, but I will return and see you, and your heart will rejoice, and nothing will take your happiness away from you!”
The Tenth Forgiveness Saying of Messiah:
In the Tanakh and the Brit Chadashah we learn that the heavenly Father is the Source of all true forgiveness. The Messiah is the redemptive Means of all forgiveness. The Holy Spirit is the post-resurrection Agent of all forgiveness. And he followers of the Messiah Yeshua are the universal extension of the Spirit’s Administration of Pardon and Forgiveness. Therefore, the disciples of the Messiah must rely on and be obedient to the dictates of the Lord through the guidance of the Holy Spirit; otherwise our ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation is invalid. The followers of Messiah are not independent agents but submitted servants called to obedience.
The Messiah our Rabbi specifies that obedience is required when He says, “If you keep My mitzvot, you will stay (abide) in My love, just as I have kept the mitzvot of My Father and have stayed in His love.”
Rabbi Yeshua empowers His Talmidim to obey Him by giving them the gift of the Father, the gift of the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit: Who Messiah breathed upon His disciples and Who just forty-nine days later was sent by the heavenly Father to permanently indwell them on the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot. The coming of the Holy Spirit to indwell every sincere follower of the Messiah has resulted in the establishment of the body of Messiah, a body of believers composed of both Jewish and Gentile members. This Body of Messiah was established on Shavuot (30 CE) at the Jewish Feast of Weeks. We are commissioned by the Messiah to be His witnesses:
“In Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Holy Spirit is the One who empowers this endeavor. He is the One who affects the rule of Messiah in the daily lives of His followers. Rabbi Yeshua, the Messiah, will return to earth a second time to usher in the rule of the Kingdom of Adonai and the Golden Age of Israel. He will return in His glorified body exercising all His Divine authority. Immediately upon His return He will begin His deliverance of Israel through a series of judgments.
Thereafter, in the messianic age the final restoration of Israel will occur. The kingdoms of Judah and Israel will be reunited so that the two sticks “will once again flourish as one” (cf. Ezekiel 37:15-17). At this time, armed conflicts around the world will completely cease, because Israel and its neighbors will live in peace. People will come from around the world to worship Adonai in the land of Israel. Isaiah describes this time when he says (Isaiah 2:2-4):
“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mount of Adonai’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the house of the Elohim of Jacob; He will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.'”
After the heavenly Father has stored up His treasure from this age and the messianic age to come, a new age will dawn. This will follow the destruction of the old creation. This age will follow the Great White Throne Judgment and the wicked “going to their own place.” Glimpses of the new heaven and new earth have been provided us. At that future time there will be a spectacularly ornate new Jerusalem “coming down from heaven.” There will be no temple for El Shaddai and the Lamb will be our temple. The glory of Adonai will illuminate the city, so there will be no need for a sun or moon.
Nothing that defiles will be allowed to enter the holy city. The tragic narrative of sin will be remembered no more. There will be a continual Presence of the heavenly Father’s eternal life, readily accessible through the river of life and the Tree of Life located in the eternal Jerusalem. In addition to these easily accessible natural resources, the “leaves” of the Tree of Life will be available. They are described as possessing healing, therapeutic properties. Thus, the leaves sustain a continuous emotional life, sourced in the emotional life of Avinu Shebashamayim, that will assure us a state of immense, Unending Joy!