You Will Be Tortured

  • You must Forgive. – Tortured
  • Peter asks how much should I forgive people, Jesus says, more than you can count. Then Jesus tells this story about about a man and says “this is like the kingdom of heaven” One of his servants has a debt, a large one, that he could not pay. The king wanted to sell his family to pay his debts off by selling his family, the man begs for him not to, and gets forgiveness. The guy who got his debt forgiven, goes and finds a fellow servant who owes HIM money, and THAT servant begs for mercy, his fellow servant throws him in prison. The king finds out the hypocrisy of not giving someone else the mercy that the first servant got, so the king decides to throw him to the torturers because he didn’t forgive when he was forgiven. And then Jesus says, God will do this to you if you aren’t forgiving.

There are three types of forgiveness thought that are more than just US forgiving others

  1. divine forgiveness-
  2. Divine forgiveness is the cosmic exchange where the God of this universe forgives the sins of his people. God forgave sin the OT and NT. Used to be through penance and sacrifice, now through faith. Remember- based on God’s word, we negate this if we are not forgiving- you cant separate the two- God cannot and will not grant you divine forgiveness according to his word, if you do not forgive- we MUST forgive everyone in our minds, hearts etc. EVERYONE.
  3. This is what you need to understand about sin and forgiveness- Sin isn’t sin against others- its sin against God. You are not holy, the people you sin against are not holy- God is holy.
  4. And all sin against man is sin against God- not you. You need to be forgiven bc of GOD
  5. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all
  6. This man cannot pay what he owes (make his sin right) but his HEART is do it (I will pay)
  7. How are we forgiven? Accepting the Grace of God- his compassion forgives our sin by faith
  8. Romans 3:24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
  9. 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
  10. That’s the grace of God- we go to God for the sins we have committed against him, unable to pay and make it right, wanting to and the grace of God says, “I release you”
  11. Making Jesus our Lord Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
  12. Confessing our sin 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  13. Repent- Acts 2:38  Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  14. This divine forgiveness is between you and God alone- there is no mediator- there is no go between- this does not restore human relationships, fix worldly problems, it makes you right with God- This parable- The master forgives the servant, relationship restored!
  15. This Guy David tho had this lady Bathsheba’s husband killed in battle so he could have relations
  16. Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
  17. He needed to do that- couldn’t fix the problem he created, but he needed Divine forgiveness
  18. Proverbs 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. MERCY- The trespass will not be counted against them.
  • Personal forgiveness
  • Because we are supposed forgive all, that means that we need to forgive people who don’t repent to us- sometimes it means we forgive people who don’t even know they wronged you.
  • There’s a lot of 12 step forgiveness and social psychology forgiveness that has made its way into the church- talking about the value of forgiving yourself- this is not biblical. The Bible never tells you to do this. Sin is an offense against God. You go to him for forgiveness, not others.
  • But sometimes, you cant have a relationship with someone who hurt you. Sometimes they don’t even know that they hurt you- and you want them to know- because you think you’re valuable enough to be repented to- but they didn’t hurt you- they hurt God- take it to HIM
  • If you stole from work, lied on time card, not doing job- must go to boss- he can forgive
  • Some of you are going to be resistant to this teaching because you haven’t thought of it.
  • Sin is an offense against God- all sin. No God, no standards, no sin. There’s nothing wrong with asking for forgiveness, but some people either because they aren’t a believer, or they don’t know you, don’t know that they hurt you. And being self righteous and saying “you hurt me even tho you didn’t know it, but now I want you to repent to me” kind of makes it seem like you’re the person they need to repent to, not God. And maybe they never will- go to GOD
  • “Vengeance is mine” says the Lord. He will repay. He will deal with them. Maybe they will figure it out, and maybe they wont- but YOU can forgive and release them in your heart- not for your emotional wellbeing, but for your spiritual well being- you must forgive or YOU are in SIN
  • Don’t be boastful and try to convince someone they wronged you- take it to God.
  • Pray- I am not going to hold this against you- but I am going to leave you in the hands of God-
  • Jesus said of those who hurt him “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”
  • He didn’t call them out and make them ask for forgiveness, he just released them of it.
  • Do I need to go and ask for forgiveness from everyone I hurt? If you know it, and you’re in relationship, yes. Do you have to go back 30 years and fix everything? You can’t. Its probably going to create a mess and there’s no where in the Bible that says you have to do that.
  • Restorative forgiveness-
  • This is different type of forgiveness. We are 100% restored to God when we repent and accept Christ’s forgiveness 100% of the time. Fully restored and in a right relationship.
  • Understand this- all forgiveness doesn’t equal restoration. Sometimes it just cant
  • I’m describing what restorative forgiveness looks like, not the requirement of it every time
  • We must forgive everyone, God forgives everyone, Restoration MAY be possible.
  • As far as it depends on you matthew 5:23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
  • That means- if you KNOW that you’ve sinned against someone- your brother in the church- if I’m standing in church, and someone is holding something against me and I know it- go make it right (wife and I fighting in church- make it right)
  • But this isn’t admitting to sins you haven’t committed, or trying to be friends with everyone. There are people who do not like me because I preach the truth- I cannot reconcile with them
  • Restoration also doesn’t mean relationship. Restoration is bringing something back to its original state- If I sin against you, I repent, and our relationship is restored, if we didn’t have a relationship before, we probably wont start one- we are just back to where we started
  • Restorative forgiveness is predicated on the sinners repentance and the nature of the offense. Abuser, thief, adulterer, violence, etc. This is NOT a requirement for divine forgiveness.
  • The scripture is clear- if someone repents to us, we can’t hold anything against them.
  • Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
  • Matthew 18:15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
  • if another brother sins against me- if he comes to you and repents- you should forgiving- in doing so you have gained your brother back-
  • And for restoration to be possible, as if it never happened- fruits of repentance must show–  trust and love will take time to be rebuilt. But matt 18- if they wont listen- nothing you can do
  • It’s like this- my relationship with my dad- Its just painful. I don’t actually think about him much, I’ve tried to build a relationship with him, it just doesn’t work. I still call and visit, but Its out of my heart- the anger frustration part- I’ve forgiven him- but we’re not going to hang out.
  • Not all forgiveness is restorative- it can be- but not required. Now if its over 20 bucks, most people are going to wonder your problem, but I’m not going to go back to some girl I had problems with in college and her sit on the front row with my wife.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
  1. We must forgive.
  2. The operative verse in this discourse is the final one. 35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
  3. Do what? 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
  4. Did you get that? This is Jesus, speaking to his disciples and he says- This guy didn’t forgive when he was forgiven and was tortured. God will do that to you if you do the same thing
  5. That means- if you are a Christian (which always begs to be described)
  6. Let me describe to you what it means to be a Christian- To be a “Christian” is to follow Christ- be obedient to what Christ demands. Why? Because he has forgiven your sin that previously put you under his wrath. Now, you live for him because of what he did-heaven not Hell
  7. As a Christian, we now, who previously were unforgiven, now forgiven, forgive ALL others.
  8. IF we don’t, the Bible says that we will not be forgiven
  9. 35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
  10. Sounds like we MUST forgive Let me make this clear- The Bible says, and Jesus says, you will be tortured and held accountable for your debts (sins) that you have been forgiven if you do not extend the same grace to others you got. You MUST forgvive.
  11. That sounds important. That sounds like something that you want to get right.
  12. I used to be in sales management Supposed to sell- Didn’t sell- Got fired. ONLY SELL
  13. You had one job! There’s lots we have to do as Christians- quite a bit in fact- but I can’t think of another area of Scripture where we get tortured if we don’t do something. You might miss a blessing, but not tortured- and missing your OWN forgiveness, that’s a big deal!
  14. Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
  15. Its not you should, you should consider, you should when you get done with counseling, you get a pass if it was really bad, or they deserve it, everyone all the time- forgiveness.
  16. This is why peter asked- 21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
  17. rabbinical law said you only had to forgive 3 times and peter was asking in that context
  18. But 70×7 doesn’t mean 490 times its symbolic of infinity- there are no limits to the forgiveness that we give to others, because there is no limit to the forgiveness of God towards us
  19. David psalm 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
  20. See- there is a multitude of God’s mercies- never ending
  21. IF God’s mercies are never ending- our mercies should be never ending.
  22. Here’s another one- Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
  23. That means that you need to be checking your heart- seeing if there is someone that you need to forgive-
  24.  Here’s some ways- Are they consuming your mind, do you wish ill will against them, do you want to hurt them, are you planning ways for them to be destroyed, do you get emotional when you talk about them, do you want to talk to other people about your hurt etc.
  25. If some of those are true- you might be holding some unforgiveness in your heart
  26. Forgiveness is releasing- not holding against, not imputing, sending, letting go
  27. Ma 6:14-15  if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
  28. Is it getting clearer? That means all manner of every sin performed upon you or to you, you must forgive. Every. Single. One. There are no exceptions. There are no ‘but if’ there is nothing.
  29. But you say, how? How? I can tell you, and I will, but if you really struggle with forgiveness, you got to go back to the cross- You have to think about your conversion- What God forgave YOU
  30. Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
  31. This is one of the reasons I hammer on sin and repentance- It changes you if you embrace it.
  32. If you really understand the depravity of your sin- you don’t hold other people in contempt when you understand, you’ve either done worse, thought worse, or could have been worse.
  33. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  34. And you saying, “I never would do THAT” really shows how much you don’t understand forgiveness, the wages of sin, the holiness of God, your propensity for sin, and need for savior
  35. We don’t want to be tortured- so we are going to honor God and forgive

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