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Father Forgive Them, for They Know Not What They Do

March 22, 2016

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Father Forgive Them,  for They Know Not  What They Do

I am well aware  of how many claim  that we must forgive  absolutely everyone  —  no matter what.     But,  the fact remains  that God Almighty  does not forgive  absolutely everyone.     All the unforgiven  are sent  to hell.     We are not  to imagine  that we are better than  the LORD  in forgiving others.     So,  we need  to think  about what remains unforgiven.

Many quote  Luke 23:34,  when Jesus said  as He was being crucified,

“Father,  forgive them,  for they know not  what they do.”

Taking that one verse,  they say we must forgive  absolutely everyone  —  no matter what.     But,  they do not look  at the rest  of scripture.     We are not to imagine  we need  to be “better”  than God.      Jesus said  in Luke 13:3  regarding questions  about who was the greater sinner,

I tell you,  no,  but unless you repent,  you will all  likewise perish.

We all need  to believe  and repent  of our sins.     Prophecies  in the Psalms  show this.     Psalm 69 is a prophecy  of Jesus’ prayer  at the end  of His life.     In verse 28,  it says  regarding all those  who hated Jesus  and wanted  to kill Him  (that would be the Jewish religious leaders  —  not the Roman soldiers,  who had no clue  about a Savior).

May they be blotted out  of the book  of life
And may they not be recorded  with the righteous.

Then,  Psalm 109  is a prophecy regarding Judas,  who betrayed Jesus  to the Jewish religious leaders.     In verse 13,  it says,

Let his posterity  be cut off;
In a following generation  let their name be blotted out.

These prophetic Psalms tell us  that Judas  and the religious leaders,  who had Jesus crucified  were not forgiven  of their  unbelief  and sinful hatred.     One needs  to read  the whole psalm  to get the whole picture.     The Roman soldiers  were forgiven  because they knew nothing  of biblical prophecy  or of a Savior.

The bottom line  for all unbelievers is  that they will all  “be blotted out  of the book  of life”.     Mark 16:16 holds true  for everyone,

He who has believed  and has been baptized  shall be saved;  but he who has disbelieved  shall be condemned.

Faith saves.     Unbelief condemns.

Thankful for Jesus’ sacrificial love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  Your name is glorified forever!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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