When Divorce means Love

I know what you’re thinking. How can divorce and love be the same thing? After all they seem to be opposites. Well the word forgiveness in the koine greek means divorce. It means to release, pardon, complete forgiveness to send away.

“In him we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness (ἄφεσιν) of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” Eph 1:7

We can read that as the separation of our sins, the sending away of our sins, the pardon of our sins, the divorcing of our sins, the full and complete forgiveness of our sins. To send away your sins is to divorce them from yourself, to send them away, is to forgive them; to send them away is to divorce them as far as the east is from the west.

As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. -Psalm 103:12

In order for our sins to be divorced from us there had to be justice. Sin must be punished, sin must die. God is the only one to take on the whole worlds sin and not be tainted by it. God is the only one to take our sin to the grave and leave it there. In order for this to happen God had to take the sin of the world on Himself and to let us kill Him.

God had to love us so much that He would not only be born one of us but to let us kill him in order to divorce our sin from us, to give us His righteousness, and set us free from sin.

You are saved by a divorce made possible by love; given through faith.

Thus we are saved by a divorce; we are saved by the love of Christ that He died to divorce that sin from us, to give us His righteousness so that we can be completely forgiven; we are saved by ἄφεσιν forgiveness.

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