Accept The Lord's Forgiveness Jer. 31:27-34 April 24, 2005
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Introduction
    Two questions; 1) how many people know they need the Lord's? 2) How many believe they can be forgiven? I think many people know they need to be forgiven, but believe God will forgive on the basis of their so called good deeds. Occasionally I talk with someone who thinks they have sinned to much to be forgiven. A few years ago during a Faith Evangelism Strategy Clinic a man witnessed to the motel owners wife, and as they talked she said "oh we have many gods." The clinician asked "which one of these gods can forgive your sins." The lady said "oh no one could forgive my sins." I am glad to report this man led the lady to Accept The Lord's Forgiveness.

1.    The . . Promise of the Lord's Forgiveness. 31:27-30

    A.    The Promise Confirmed In . . Seeds Planted. 31:27
            27 "The days are coming"--[this is] the Lord's declaration--"when I will sow the house of Israel
            and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast.

    B.    The Promise Confirmed In . . Success Planed. 31:28
            28 Just as I watched over them to uproot and to tear them down, to demolish and to destroy,
            and to cause disaster, so will I be attentive to build and to plant them," says the Lord.

    C.    The Promise Contrasted In . . Sins Penality. 31:29-30
            29 "In those days, it will never again be said: The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the
            children's teeth are set on edge. 30 Rather, each will die for his own wrongdoing. Anyone who
            eats sour grapes--his own teeth will be set on edge.

    As God promised His forgiveness He declared He would confirm it by multiplying men and livestock through the sowing of seed for Israel and Judah. The further success of God's forgiveness  receives further confirmation with the promise to build and plant them. Next we see a contrast to the past penalty of sin as God promises a future time when ". . . it will never again be said: The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge."
 

2.    The . . Principle of the Lord's Forgiveness. 31:31-33

    A.    The Principle of the Lord's Forgiveness . . Declared. 31:31-32
            31 "Look, the days are coming"--[this is] the Lord's declaration--"when I will make a new
            covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.  32 [This one will] not be like the
            covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land
            of Egypt--a covenant they broke even though I had married them"--the Lord's declaration.

    B.   The Principle of the Lord's Forgiveness . . Designed. 31:33
            33 "Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days"--the
            Lord's declaration. "I will place My law within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their
            God, and they will be My people.

        The Lord declares the principal behind His forgiveness in the new covenant. The old covenant was written on stone and shared with the people but the new covenant will be written on the hearts. Of course we know this from the Old Testament, and the New Testament. When we observe the Lord's Supper we may note these words from Matt 26:28 (HCSB) "For this is My blood [that establishes] the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins." How about your heart to you regularly sense the prompting of the Holy Spirt because He resides in your heart. All who genuinely accept the Lord and His forgiveness will experience this prompting.
 

3.    The . . Privilege of the Lord's Forgiveness. 31:34

    A.   The Privilege of Spiritual . . Data. v 34 a
            "No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying: Know the Lord, for they will all
            know Me, from the least to the greatest of them". . . "

    B.    The Privilege of Spiritual . . Declaration. v 34 b
            ". . . --the Lord's declaration. "For I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember
            their sin."

        When do the privileges of this verse take place? If you lean toward a school of interpretation called the Pre-Millennial view of scripture (and I do) you will see the primary fulfillment in this verse in the future. However as this verse speaks to people who have Christ in their heart there are many ways it can happen among believers. When a person receives the Lord the continence of the Lord shines through, and no one has to instruct he/she about the Lord coming to live in his/her heart. A further privilege rest in the declaration in the latter part of verse 34, "For I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin." If we know this verse; why allow Satan to bog us down in past sins? We can tell the Lord (confess), trust the Lord, and thank the Lord for His forgiveness. Truly we receive great blessings when we Accept The Lord's Forgiveness. Amen? Amen!