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Is the blood of Christ for our forgiveness or his death for our forgiveness or both somehow?

My question arises from my study on the blood of Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross. The scriptures seem to teach that both his death and his shed blood were for the forgiveness of sins. ...
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Was Jesus referring to Dan. 9:24 in Matt. 18:21, 22?

In Matt. 18:21,22 we read: Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven ...
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Why is the unpardonable sin unpardonable?

Jesus says that speaking against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable: "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven ...
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What is the story of Jonah really about?

Sometimes it seems that the obvious is not the obvious... From a surface reading it appears as though the prophet was just running away because he didn't want to do what God told him. But, after going ...
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Ought Christians to pray daily for forgiveness of sins

Jesus apparently directed his disciples, in the model prayer (cf. Matthew 6), to ask daily for forgiveness. Some Bible students hold that Christians have access to continual forgiveness, and thus such ...
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In the Parable context (Mt. 18:23-35) -When will the heavenly Father do the same to everyone, in the kingdom NOW or Future?

Jesus spoke the parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Mt. 18:23-35) by saying: "Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants (v.23). ...
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In what way does Paul explain ἄφεσις, forgiveness or release of sin in Romans?

In Matthew's account of the Last Supper, Jesus speaks about the significance of His blood: for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:...
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Why does God condition his divine intervention and mercy on intercessory prayer? Ezekiel 22:29-31

Ezekiel 22:29-31 (ESV): 29 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. 30 And ...
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According to Mark 11:25, does God forgive everyone?

Mark 11:25 11 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."New International Version. Grand Rapids: ...
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Does the promise "he will save his people from their sins" in Matthew 1:21 entail victory over sin (holiness) or just forgiveness of sins?

Matthew 1:21 (ESV): 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Does the aforementioned verse promise freedom from the bondage of sin or ...
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Why were Ananias and Sapphira not given a chance to repent? Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5:1-11 (ESV): But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of ...
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Why did God forgive David (2 Samuel 12:13), but not Judas (Matthew 27:3-4) for an identical confession of sin?

How can only the confession of David (for betraying Uriah) receive God’s forgiveness, but the identical confession along with additional repentance of Judas in Matthew 27:3-4 (for betraying Jesus) ...
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Why does blood have to shed for purification and forgiveness of sins? Hebrews 9:22

I'm trying to make sense and reach a deeper understanding of the concept of blood shedding for the atonement of sins. I'm particularly interested in the why aspect of it. Hebrews 9 is an intriguing ...
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Exodus 23:21 Angels Forgive?

20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he ...
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Why did Jesus have the authority to forgive sins, why did the scribes take it as a blasphemy, and was this authority also given to men in general?

In Mark 2:5-12 Jesus surprises the scribes by forgiving the sins of (and miraculously healing) a paralytic. The scribes took it as a blasphemy, as they believed that forgiveness of sins was a ...
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Could criminals repent?

According to the OT, an individual who violated the Mosaic law could only be put to death based on the testimony of 2-3 credible witnesses (Deuteronomy 17:6). Could the witnesses and maybe the court ...
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Ecclesiastes - Could Solomon have repented and been forgiven for his sinful life

In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon looks back over his wasted years and finds no joy in them, only futility, vanity, and “a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). He concludes that everything ...
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How do you forgive criminals while still punishing them? [closed]

You are meant to forgive others if you wish God to forgive you (Matthew 6:14-16), "77 times" (Matthew 18:21-22) if necessary, though the actual implication is you endlessly must forgive. But ...
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Was the 100 denarii owed by the second servant in Jesus's parable supposed to be a substantial amount of money?

Matthew 18:21-35 (NASB): 21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “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 ...
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In light of Proverbs 24:17 , how would we go about justifying or reasoning Psalm 54:5-7 claim of being satisfied with enemies' destruction?

Proverbs 24:17 (NASB) Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Proverbs 24:17 (KJV) Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be ...
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( Romans 12:14 "14 Bless those who persecute [d]you; bless and do Not curse.") can stand side-by-side withOut contradicting the imprecatory scripture

I am trying to go about reasoning how ( Romans 12:14 "14 Bless those who persecute [d]you; bless and do Not curse.") can stand side-by-side withOut contradicting the imprecatory scripture ( i.e., ...
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What about if the blasphemy was a thought? [closed]

as I had a thought earlier that was blasphemous to the holy spirit, i did not (and do not want to) say it out loud. It was in my head, but im concerned if it was if i meant it from the heart. I asked ...
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How to reconcile the power to forgive sins John 20:23, with ostensibly alternative paths to forgiveness?

With respect to seeking forgiveness, the penalty for sin and being saved by Grace; how is the teaching of the Lord's prayer and the lessons of faithful prayer to Our Father reconciled with the Christ'...
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In Exodus 23:21 what does "Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him" mean?

NIV Exodus 23: 20“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel ...
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In Psalm 32:5, do sins count or not?

In the beginning of Psalm 32 David says how great it is to be someone who's sin is never counted against them: 1Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. ...
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Luke: In What Sense is "Repentance" Required for Salvation?

Note: A Comment by Gina pointed out a presupposed definition of repentance that I had not addressed in the original question, and now corrected here. Luke 24:47 - and that repentance | μετάνοιαν for ...
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Who is the son of man in Matthew 9:6?

"And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, ...
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Hebrews 12:2 - Any Other Translations For "Enduring" the Cross?

Question In Hebrews 12:2, are there any alternate translation choices for endured, (ὑπομένω) -- that connote "Firmly Resolved to Face", as in the sense of bearing down to face a profound challenge -- ...
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What is meant by "...all sins and blasphemies will be forgiven them."

Reading Mark this morning, I came across Mark 3:28: "I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them." I have always been taught that one must confess their sins ...
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In Luke 6-7, What is the Difference Between the Three Greek Words for "Forgive"?

Question In Luke 6-7, What is the Difference Between the Three Greek Words for "Forgive"? How should these differences impact the interpretation of the text? Is it simply that different ...
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By the phrase "οὔτε ἐν τῷ μέλλοντι", was Jesus saying that there are sins that could be forgiven after death?

Reading Matthew 12:32 at face value, it seems that it's telling us that forgiveness can be obtained after death but Jesus won't contradict himself in Luke 16:20-25 (I mean, the rich man could easily ...
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In Hebrews 9:22, How Should "Almost" be Interpreted, and What does it Apply to?

1. Question Clarification of the Greek Syntax : How should the word "Almost, [σχεδὸν]" be understood in Hebrews 9:22, and what does it apply to, in view of Greek Syntax, and especially in ...
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When Jesus says "your sins are forgiven", how is that reconciled with the sacrificial system established in the old testament?

Question: Why is it necessary to verbally forgive someone of their sins as indicated in these cases when Jesus' death and their faith should be enough? If verbal forgiveness is not necessary, why does ...
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How should 2 Cor 5:10 be interpreted, in light of Isa 43:25? [closed]

There are several passages in the OT and NT that describe the "forgetfulness of God" with respect to our sins: Isa 43:25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, ...
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"blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven" -- Is "forgiven" the best word for what is meant?

Matthew 12:30-32: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the ...
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What did Jesus mean in John 20:23 when he talked about his followers forgiving sins?

What did Jesus mean in John 20:23 when he said, “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained”? According to other ...
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Does Mark 11:26 mean that those who do not forgive others are not forgiven by God?

Mark 11:26 has always bothered me: But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions NASB As far as I can tell, the overall locus of the gospel ...
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