“Let It Go”
Pastor A Murray
PM: It seems that some people have trouble letting sin go, particularly their own. It is an insult to God for us to hang on to our sins after He has forgiven us of those sins. It is as though we doubt God’s promises to forgive sins when we hang on to sins after we have repented. This is not to say we shouldn’t remember our sins to the extent we don’t allow ourselves to get into trouble again, but don’t dwell on past sin. Once we are forgiven, God blots out, or erases, the sin next to our name in the book of life. It doesn’t exist anymore. There is no reason to feel guilt. Let it go! Let’s begin our study in Mark. We’ll pick it up with Jesus teaching that there is only one unforgivable sin.
Mark 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29. But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:”
PM: This is the only sin God won’t let go, and it is the only one that you can’t let go. It is impossible that anyone has committed this sin at this point in time. It only becomes possible for someone to commit this sin when the elect are delivered up before antichrist and refuse the Holy Spirit to speak through them in testimony for the True Christ. All other sins may be forgiven. That means any sin that you have committed may be forgiven. Let it go! Let’s turn to Chapter 11.
Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, “Have faith in God. 23. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;’ and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
PM: Mountains are symbolic of nations in the Bible. Those who have faith have a lot of power. Those who have faith know that this Scripture is not talking about selfish requests for material possessions. This power is given only to those who are working at accomplishing God’s plan. I emphasize the word “work”.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also Which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
PM: It is important for us to forgive those who have trespassed against us. This doesn’t mean you must go to the person and tell them they are forgiven, unless they ask you for forgiveness. Holding a grudge against someone will end up hurting you far more that the person that trespassed against you. Let it go! The most important reason to forgive is that we must do so to be forgiven.
Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father Which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
PM: Don’t hold grudges. Don’t forget to forgive yourself after having repented. Learn to let it go. Turn back with me to Chapter 2 as we continue our study.
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”
PM: Here we have an example of Jesus forgiving sins Himself. That shouldn’t surprise us at all. He paid an awesome price on the cross for forgiveness of sins.
Mark 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7. “Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?”
PM: Immanuel, which is to say “God with us”, was standing before them, and they didn’t realize it.
Mark 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, “Why reason ye these things in your heads? 9. Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, ‘Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, ‘Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?’
PM: The paralyzed man had faith that Jesus could forgive his sins and heal his palsy. The Scripture lawyers did not have faith that the Son of God was standing in their midst.
Mark 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,” (He saith to the sick of the palsy,) 11. “I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.”
PM: The Son of man is Jesus in the flesh body. Jesus had the power and authority to let this man’s sins go.
Mark 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, “We never saw it on this fashion.”
PM: They had never witnessed such power. That same power is available to you today. He has the authority to forgive your sins, if you repent. If you don’t, guess where your sins are written. Unforgiven sins are in the book from which you will be Judged. Keep the pages clean by repenting. Have enough faith to let it go. Let’s turn to Acts.
Acts 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39. And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
PM: Justified means made right. Your sins can be made right and be forgiven through belief on Jesus Christ.
Acts 13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; 41. ‘Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe though a man declare it unto you.’
PM: This is nothing new. The prophets of the Old Testament declared the crucifixion of Messiah to you.
Acts 13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
PM: The Gentiles wanted to hear more about how this One would die on the cross for their sins. Teaching the name of Jesus Christ brings salvation. Salvation that allows us to let it go. Turn with me to Chapter 10.
Acts 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed Him openly; 41. Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead.
PM: Jesus told them after the resurrection He would meet them in Galilee.
Acts 10:42 And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He Which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
PM: The word “quick” in this verse means “living”.
Acts 10:43 To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.”
PM: Again, this wasn’t something new. The prophets witnessed that through belief in His name forgiveness would become available to all. Do you have trouble letting it go? Turn with me to Chapter 3. This Scripture is for you.
Acts 3:18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He hath so fulfilled.
PM: The promise of God through the prophets of the Old Testament that Christ would be crucified for the remission of sin had been fulfilled.
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the LORD;
PM: Blotted out means completely erased. Once you have repented, those sins are gone. There is no reason for you not to let them go. To do anything less is to doubt God’s promise.
Acts 3:20 And He shall send Jesus Christ, Which before was preached unto you:
PM: At the second advent, God will send Jesus Christ as the King of kings and Lord of lords. It will happen in this generation. It is a good time to repent and let your sins go so you will be ready to serve.
Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
PM: We have been talking about what the prophets wrote on this subject quite a bit. Let’s turn to Isaiah to see why the prophets are quoted so much in Mark and Acts.
Isaiah 53:9 And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
PM: You will remember this Chapter. It is about the suffering of Jesus Christ. It is about how He would take the stripes, and we would receive the healing. He was completely innocent. Christ suffered because He loves you. He was crucified with wicked malfactors, and He was buried in His wealthy uncle’s tomb.
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 11. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.
PM: Jesus Christ suffered on the cross because He loves you. He paid an awesome price so that we could repent and let it go. That is why it hurts His feelings when you hang on to sin. What does God think about those who won’t let it go. Turn with me to Chapter 43.
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am He That blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine Own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
PM: When God states that He will not remember your sins, He sure doesn’t want you bringing them up again.
Isaiah 43.26 Put Me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
PM: God wants you to remind Him of His promises. This proves you know His promises. Declare your repentance, and then let your sins go. In conclusion, let’s go to the great Book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 31.33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My People.
PM: We are looking forward to the first day of the millennium here.
Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, “Know the LORD:” for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
God wants to forgive your sins now. Jesus died on the cross so you could ask for and receive forgiveness. All you have to do is believe on Him and ask. Then you should have the faith to let it go.
In His service,
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