“Your sins are forgiven” or “Rise up and walk”?
“So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.” Matthew 9:1-8
Which is easier to say? Your sins are forgiven or rise up and walk? “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” Rise up and walk.
Both Paul and James teach that, “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Both Paul and James teach that true saving faith results in a life of faith, demonstrating to all that someone is truly born again.
When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and are truly born again, Jesus tells us, “Your sins are forgiven, now rise up and walk.” Walk a life of faith!
Jesus helps us to live a life of faith that demonstrates we are truly born again.
Let’s humble our hearts and talk to the Lord about that right now.
Jesus, thank you for forgiving our sins. Help us to forgive each other.
Jesus, thank you for filling us with your Holy Spirit. Help us to walk a life of faith together as your Bride.