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Sometimes the smart-assed answer is the best

The Sunday School teacher asked:

What do you need to do in order to be forgiven by God?

Billy piped up:



Got it in one Billy.

Are you a sinner?  That's all you need to bring.  Jesus will do the rest.


9 thoughts on “Sometimes the smart-assed answer is the best

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  2. Pete Deaves

    So if sometimes the smart-assed answer is the best, then can I (humbly) suggest that alongside sin (anyone can do that) a couple of other things necessary to know God's forgiveness are recognition of sin along with acceptance of God's solution in Jesus.
    But I imagine clever Billy (you sure it wasn't Alec?) probably gave "sin" for his answer as shorthand for those things...

  3. Glen

    Yeah - as Will emphasizes, the one thing we bring is our sins. That's the only thing we bring to the forgiveness equation - the sins for which we need forgiveness! Jesus does the rest.

    What we don't want to get into (and what the Sunday School teacher probably had in mind) is the notion that we bring our sins plus sufficient units of contrition/penance/fresh resolve in order to merit Christ's forgiveness. Nope - just bring your sins. You say 'Anyone can do that' and I say 'Yep - that's the beauty of it.'

    See for instance Psalm 51 where David just fesses up in the boldest possible way and virtually demands forgiveness not according to his own sacrifices (he won't bring any) but according to the LORD's unfailing love (v1). Just amazing.

  4. Samuel Lovelll

    Reminds me of that Jonathan Edwards quote:

    "You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary."

  5. Brian Midmore

    What does Matt 6.15 mean? 'But if you do not forgive men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses'. Note that this forgiveness is within a covenantal relationship with God our father. Nonetheless we need to forgive others to be forgiven. Equally we will tend to forgive if we know that we are forgiven. The cross gives us the option of a virtuous circle of forgiveness rather than a vicious circle of unforgiveness.

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