July 07, 2020 – Tuesday
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15 JUB
14 For if ye set men free from their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also set you free; 15 but if ye do not set men free from their trespasses, neither will your Father set you free from your trespasses.
It always amazes me when I come across a Christian who wants, desires, needs, wishes for, begs for and truly needs forgiveness (as we all do), but has no desire or plans to forgive anyone who has sinned or trespassed against him or her. Their hearts remain hard against those who have sinned against them.
Nonetheless, when Jesus gave instructions on how to pray He was very specific saying in verse 9a This, then, is how you should pray in the NIV, but in the JUB He was more directive or commanding Ye, therefore, are to pray like this. Either way, who is going to argue with Jesus?
Plus the two verses above are not the first verses directing us to forgive others who have wronged us in one way or another. Verse 12 tells us to pray And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors in the NIV And set us free from our debts, as we set free our debtors in the JUB. Thus Jesus considered forgiving others important enough to mention it twice in His directions on how to pray.
Perhaps this has something to do with what He is going to do. He is going to be tortured (flogged) and nailed to a cross to die to pay the price for each and every sin we have ever committed or will commit against God. God sent Him to do that for us! He wants to forgive us, each of us individually, for all of our sins against Him. It is no wonder Jesus instructs us to get into the forgiving actions as well. In fact He tells twice our own forgiveness rests on our own ability to forgive as well.
If you are still unsure about forgiving others consider how Jesus addressed this in Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins in the NIV and And when ye are praying, forgive if ye have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in the heavens will also forgive you your trespasses in the JUB. Here in Mark, Jesus words are absolutely directive in nature. Do this if you want this or rather Forgive if you want forgiveness with no ifs, ands, or buts.
A quick aside: if you are not familiar with the Jubilee Bible, it was originally translated into Spanish from the original texts in Hebrew and Greek by Casiodoro de Reina (1569) and compared with the revision of Cipriano de Valera (1602). Based on the New Testament of Francisco de Enzinas (1543) and on the New Testament (1556) with the Psalms (1557) of Juan Pérez de Pineda. The material was then translated from Spanish into English by Russell M. Stendal and compared with the Old English Translation of William Tyndale (Pentateuch of 1530, Ploughboy Edition New Testament of 1534, Joshua to 2 Chronicles of 1537, and Jonah). It was also compared word for word with the Authorized Version (by King James) of 1611. I find it very comparable to the KJV, but more readable, however each to their own.
Returning to the direction to forgive John tells us in 1 John 1:9 (JUB) He that says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Imagine you have accepted the Grace of God (unmerited forgiveness), but you still refuse to forgive someone for something. Now ask yourself, is that a form of hate? What does it do to your heart to hold on to this unforgiveness in your heart and mind, never letting it go? It cannot be good. Certainly it is contrary to Jesus’ directions.
It is out of love we are forgiven by God. Forgiveness equals a form of love. Unforgiveness equals the opposite or hate. Forgive and know you are following Jesus’ directions and instructions. What a wonder to follow His instructions in this matter.
Riley D. Driver-Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton