What does Cincinnati and Christianity have in common…Amnesty. Yet one amnesty is finite and one is infinite.
Amnesty comes from the Greek word for amnesia, to forget wrong.
Cincinnati’s Finance Department announced a plan to encourage citizens to pay their past due income taxes. The city has $47,000,000 in back taxes and penalties on the books from 1995 to date.
This tax amnesty is temporary, it’s available for two months. FOX19 reported, “Starting February 1 through March 31, anyone with unpaid incomes taxes will be able to take advantage of the Second Chance Amnesty Program. The program forgives all interest and late fees from delinquent income tax payments.”
God also has given us a second chance program that is often referred to as salvation. But, what happened that the human race needed amnesty?
We broke God’s law and have fallen short of His standards of righteousness. God gave us the 10 commandments (not ten recommendations). Jesus taught that the 10 commandments were to be also applied to our thought life. Jesus explained that if a person had looked at another person with lustful thoughts that they were committing adultery in their hearts. This was an eye opening teaching. The religious leaders in the first century and today are so focused on the man made religious traditions that they miss this understanding of how God judges our lives. The Bible tells us that we are ‘to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect’. No one has met this standard except Jesus Christ.
The good news of God’s amnesty program is also referred to as the Gospel. Gods’ amnesty is infinite, covering all your wrongs, past, present and future. Just like the Cincinnati tax amnesty program, God’s amnesty program requires people to step forward to except it the grace that is offered. How, you ask? The Apostle Paul explains how in the following verses.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. -Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
For “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” -Romans 10:13
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. -Romans 10:9-10
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