Friday, October 21, 2005

Book Recommendation-"The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness" By John MacArthur

Normally I would take turns recommending books by different authors, but with my recent post on forgiveness I decided to put this one in now. I'm also working on a list of good web articles and books on forgiveness. It may or may not be posted before the history ones I mentioned earlier. (I've started writing them. They need a bit more work.) With that covered on with the review.

Forgiveness is an essential part of being a Christian. Without God’s forgiveness we would be lost, but also we are to show forgiveness to others. John MacArthur covers both the forgiveness we receive and the forgiveness we are to give. This is opposed to the vengeance we may crave.

MacArthur starts the main part of the book by looking at, “The Ground of All Forgiveness.” He gives the bad news about sin and its consequences-and then turns to the good news of God’s reconciliation with His people. This involves reconciling justice with forgiveness. Major points here deal with definitions and applications for substitution, imputation, and justification.

He looks at Christ’s death, and what followed. He answers whether Christians should seek forgiveness for our sins if they’re already forgiven. (The answer is yes.) He also gets into areas such as repentance and God’s disciplining of His children.

He then shifts from God's forgiveness of His people to our forgiveness to each other. He starts with Paul's letter to Philemon, which has forgiveness as a major theme. From there he looks at Jesus' parable on forgiveness and other passages form the Bible.

He ends with answers to objections, and three appendices. These alone are valuable reading. One is on sustitutionary atonement, and another on "The unforgivable sin." The final appendix contains two sermons on forgiveness. One is by Charles Spurgeon, and the other by Alexander MacLaren.

I highly recommend this book as a help to understanding what the Bible teaches us about forgivenss, both God's to His people, and ours to each other.


Blogger tank said...

I’ve read this book when it first came out a few years back and I would have to say that it is a pretty good on forgiveness and it also deal with all the major doctrine in Salvation like justification, sanctification, reconciliation and so on.

3:12 PM  
Blogger pilgrim said...

Thanks for the comment.

I wrote the original of that review back when it came out.
I made it shorter as the original was much too long.

10:32 PM  

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