We are saved by grace through faith. Faith in what? I’ve had discussions with people who believe they are Christians and yet reject some of the basic concepts associated with the Christian faith itself. They may not believe the 30 gracebible to be totally reliable. They may not believe in the miracles reported to have been performed by Jesus. But most often, they may believe that Jesus was not God but rather a good man and a great moral teacher. But salvation itself, according to the Bible, is dependent not on faith in what one chooses to have faith in, but on faith in the precepts of Scripture. If salvation, as promised in the Bible, is to be mine, I must attain it by the means prescribed. R. A Torrey says, “In order to be saved we must believe that Jesus can and will forgive our sin.” But this carries with it a presupposition which also must be believed. Torrey goes on, “This faith involves faith in the Divinity of Jesus, for God alone can forgive sin.

Mark 2:3–7 makes it clear that the forgiveness of our sins and the deity of Christ are intimately connected. You cannot have one without the other. It says that four friends brought a paralytic to Jesus for healing, “but when they could not get near him (Jesus) because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, ‘Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’” Please notice that Jesus did not correct their thinking. They were right! Only God can forgive sins. But then Jesus went on to demonstrate His divinity by healing the paralytic.

In Colossians 3:13, Paul exhorts all believers to forgive each other “just as Christ forgave you.” When Christ forgives us, God forgives us, because they “one.” Jesus is God, yet He’s not the Father, nor the Holy Spirit, but He’s one of the three persons in the God head. Please notice that as Pfeiffer puts it, “the Pharisees rightly observed (for once) that no man can forgive sins but God only (Mk 2:7). The fact that the Lord Jesus Christ forgives is evidence that he is God.” Please also notice that it’s not that Jesus can forgive. He does forgive! Ephesians 1:7-8 tell us that His forgiveness is lavished upon us…according to the unlimited riches of His grace. As Paul said, “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Romans 5:20). There is more than enough grace to cover your sins and give you love, joy, peace and an overflowing, victorious life.