The Greatest Sign of God’s Limitless Love and Forgiveness

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (I Timothy 2:3-6).

God … wishes all of us to be saved. God will surely have His way and we will all be saved. …

Is there no act so bad that salvation would be lost? What deed could be worse than the crucifixion of Christ? Can God forgive those who killed His own Son? Can Jesus forgive even those who are crucifying Him? We read in Luke 23:34 that Christ in the midst of His suffering on the cross said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” He asks God to forgive them not because they believe in God, repent of their wrongs, love God or Him, understand or any other positive requirement, but because “they know not what they do.”

If anyone fails to fulfill this, it is those who are Christians, and particularly ministers, for they have studied and claim to “know” just like the Pharisees. Yet I believe that Christians, even ministers, like the scribes and Pharisees, “know not what they do.”

Everyone, then, is included in Christ’s plea for forgiveness, and that request is certainly granted by His Father. Thus, the worst sin of all time becomes the greatest sign of God’s limitless love and forgiveness. There is nothing people can do to prevent God from forgiving them, and there is nothing they can or must do to earn that forgiveness.

Walter Williams
Love Without Limit: A Personal Journey to the Heart of God, page 22

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