Because forgiveness "lays the foundation for all other mercies", Watson will begin here. In a short chapter Watson provides 5 points concerning forgiveness:
- Forgiveness of sin is an act of God's free grace
- God, in forgiving sin, remits the guilt and penalty
- Forgiveness of sin is through the blood of Christ
- Before sin is forgiven, it must be repented of
- God having forgiven sin, he will no longer call it to remembrance
He closes the chapter with two simple points: it' s deplorable not to be forgiven and precious to have forgiveness.
What do you think Watson means when he says, "When the Lord pardons a sinner, he does not pay a debt, but gives a legacy"? What is this legacy?
Strokes of Genius:
"He who is humbled for sin will value pardoning mercy the more." (p10)
"Sin shall not be cast in like cork which rises up again, but like lead which sinks to the bottom." (p10)
"The pardoned soul is out of the gunshot of hell." (p11)
"Guilt clips the wings of prayer so that it cannot fly to the throne of grace, but forgiveness breeds confidence" (p11)