Father Forgive Them - The Command of Christ

by csnyder 21. August 2012 21:52
Jesus uttered one of the most powerful COMMANDS ever uttered from the cross. He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Forgive is an Aorist Imperative verb. That means it is completed action, CAN'T be done again, and it also means begin to do something that you are not presently doing. Yes, Christ is actually commanding the Father to begin to do something, forgive. This is ok because they have the same nature and the same mind. Jesus said, "I and the Father are one," John 10:31. He also said, "He who sees Me sees the Father."

But here is the good news, the cross is eternal. It applies to all men for all time and was actually carried out in the mind of the Godhead; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, before the foundation of the world.

He became sin, we become His righteousness, 2 Cor. 5:21. His death, the death of the last Adam gives justification of life to ALL men, Romans 5:18.

It must be believed. The judgement is that some would not believe, John 3:17-18. It is for all men, but they must believe and receive what has already been given to them to benefit from the gift already given. Is hell real; yes. But know this, those in Hell have been given the gift of all that Christ is and they are fully loved and forgiven by God and have rejected it choosing Hell over eternity with Christ. I don't understand how people could reject this gift but some do.

If people could travel with me around the world and see people respond to the message of the Gospel of Grace, what God has already done for them on the cross, they would be overcome also. People readily receive the Good News of the cross, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

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Craig Snyder has been married to Jonni Gooden Snyder for 37 years.  He has three grown sons and one grown daughter.  He has eight grandchildren.

Craig has been in full time ministry since 1974, having been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has pastored for over 25 years.

Craig has ministered  with Grace Walk Ministries since 2001 and serves as Director of Missions and also pastors a home church.  He travels extensively in Latin America, and the U.S. and Canada sharing the Grace Walk of our Lord Jesus Christ.