Only the Creator can forgive sins.

The opening chapter of the first book of the Old Testament is about God’s creation of the universe in six days by His power, wisdom and understanding. 

The opening chapter of the first book of the New Testament is the announcement of Jesus, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham who would save people from their sins.  

What do these two introductions have to do with each other?  They are linked because the Creator God is also the Saviour God. 

As the powerful Creator of the universe, God is the Owner.  An owner sets the rules in his house, business, or whatever.  So God defined sin as rebellion against His character of peace, harmony and love.  People sin primarily against God.  

Yet God’s prerogative as Owner of His creation is to annul sin.  He accomplished that when Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, suffered and died for the sins of the whole world (‘the wages of sin is death,’ Romans 6:23).  

Jesus not only forgives sins because He took the punishment for it on our behalf.   He is also the Creator God (‘all things were created by Him and for Him,’ Colossians 1:16b).  So Jesus was able to say to the paralytic, 

‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’  Mark 2:b 

The Jews were very upset and thought to themselves, 

‘Why does this fellow talk like that?  He’s blaspheming!  Who can forgive sins but God alone.’  Mark 2:6-7

Jesus proved that He is both the Saviour and the Creator when He said, 

“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins… He said to the paralytic, ‘I tell you, get up, take up your mat and go home.’  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.”  Mark 2:10-12


Creation is linked to salvation. 

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