The forgiveness kingdom

Jim and I are continuing to read — and be challenged by — Paul Tripp’s book entitled A Quest for More: living for something bigger than you. Whew! The chapter we read yesterday spoke about forgiveness:

“Seeking forgiveness is always the result of having another kingdom in view. You are owning the fact that you were not made for you. When you live for you, you forget God and his kingdom and travel outside the boundaries of his will. Not only that, but every time you ask for forgiveness from God or people, you are admitting that you are part of the massive problem that the big kingdom addresses. The golden offer of the kingdom of God is forgiveness. This is why Jesus told his disciples to preach a message of repentance as they announced the kingdom. God establishes his kingdom so that all that sin has broke can be fully and completely restored. In the center of the kingdom of God, you do not find a gargantuan palace inhabited by an unapproachable king. No, in the center of the kingdom of God is a bloody cross, on which hung a broken King, who welcomes us as we are. This King did not demand righteousness from us, for if he did, none of us would ever be qualified to live in his kingdom. No, he was righteous for us, and although he was a king, he willingly took our criminal’s death so that we might be forgiven. What this King demands is confession, and in the moment when we confess, we are liberated from our bondage to ourselves and freed to live for another.”

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