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Chapter 8 -

How can we receive the forgiveness of sins?





As far as damnation and Heaven are concerned, also the Muslims believe in them. They believe that these places exist, and that before them there lies a doomsday when God will judge us by our actions. Then, on doomsday, the books will be opened and everyone's acts will be weighed: some will go to Heaven, while others will be forced to go to Hell - this is a description that very much resembles the description of the last judgment found in the Bible, in the Revelation:


- (Rev 20:12-15) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15  And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


However, a good question is how can we receive the forgiveness of sins and how can we get assurance of the approval of God and that we are not going to Hell? We will try to find an answer to this below.


Can Muhammad act as A mediator?


If you are a Muslim, you have certainly thought about the possibility that Muhammad could act as a mediator in the last judgment. Many Muslims have thought that Muhammad - as the latest prophet and the seal of the prophets - will pray for Muslims and the doors of Heaven will open for them as a result of this prayer.

   But we may, however, ask how could Muhammad act as a mediator for others? He himself was very sinful - also the Koran says that he sinned - so how could such a person help us? How could he act as a mediator for others or be our assistant in front of God's tribunal, because his life did not differ in any way from ours?

   If we take a look at the Koran in the light of the next verses, we can see his deficiency and his sins. How could he, in this light, help us?


Give glory to your Lord and seek His pardon. He is ever disposed to mercy. (110:3)


We have given you a glorious victory, so that God may forgive you your past and future sins, and perfect His goodness to you; that He may guide you to a straight path. (48:1,2)


…Implore Him to forgive your sins and to forgive the true believers, men and women. (47:19)




When it is a question of getting the approval of God, we must note that we cannot achieve it through our own actions. We can only add to our debt of sin because of our imperfect daily lives. Neither can we get assurance of the approval of God because of the same imperfection; it remains to be inexperienced because we keep the foundation of salvation in our own works and only look at our imperfection. The next Bible verses talk about this:


- (Rom 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God


- (Rom 3:9) What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin


- (Gal 3:22) But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.


- (John 7:19) Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law?  Why go you about to kill me?


However, there is a solution to this problem: God has already made ready for us that which we cannot do by ourselves. He has made everything ready for us, so that we do not need to try to get His approval. Below, we will try to explain this and how it has happened.


God sent Jesus. Firstly, the Bible says that God sent Jesus here to save us. The initiator was and is God himself, His motive is His love towards people, because He does not want anyone to perish and go to Hell. He wants us to be saved and because of this, He sent Jesus. This is why all of us can come to His presence:


- (John 3:16-17) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.


- (Rom 8:31-32) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?


- (1 John 4:9-10) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.


- (Luke 19:10) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


The sins were put upon Him. The second issue is connected with our sins being put upon Jesus. He Himself lived a sinless (John 8:46 etc.) and perfect life, and so God could do this. These sins and wrongdoings did not stay in the scale of our actions as we might think; Jesus took them away and carried them on the cross. Jesus became the substitute for us, so that we do not need to carry our sins anymore:


- (Isa 53:5-12) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opens not his mouth.

8  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

9  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10   Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

12  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul to death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


- (1 John 3:5) And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.


- (John 1:29) The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.


Salvation is a gift. As God has already prepared everything for us in Jesus Christ, so it is clear that we can receive salvation only in one way: as a gift and by grace. Salvation does not depend on us or our goodness, as we often may think; it is completely by grace and the gift of God that can be received immediately. If you personally want to receive salvation, there is no need for good deeds or your imperfect merits: you can receive it as a gift, immediately:


- (Eph 2:8) For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.


- (Rom 3:24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus


- (Rom 6:23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


- (Luke 14:17) And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.


- (Rev 21:6) And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.


- (Rev 22:17) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely.


Your attitude toWARDS Jesus


We have already noted that Jesus has filled the gap between us and God and become our Mediator (Hebrews 9:15: And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that ... they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.). It is good for us to understand that we can receive salvation only through Jesus. Only by turning to Him and through Him can we have the forgiveness of sins, because He has already done everything for us. Therefore, turn to Him, so you too will receive the grace of God and the forgiveness of your sins:


- (John 5:40) And you will not come to me, that you might have life.


- (John 8:23-24) And he said to them, You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world.

24  I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins.


- (John 14:6) Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.


- (Acts 4:11-12) This is the stone which was set at nothing of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.


- (Acts 10:43) To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins.


- (Acts 13:38) Be it known to you therefore, men and brothers, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins


On the other hand, if you reject Jesus, you will also reject the forgiveness of God and also the gift of eternal life. As a matter of fact, you must then pay for your sins yourself and must reconcile your judgment in eternal damnation. This all is simply because you have turned your back on the only possibility to receive salvation and getting to God's paradise. Do not, therefore, turn your back on your only hope of salvation:


My friend, if you are damned, it is not because of your sins but because you have not received mercy, which God offers to you through Jesus. That is why it is fair. If you reject Jesus, what can God do? Then, you dismiss your only hope of salvation. (13)




Lord, Jesus, I turn to You. I confess that I have sinned against You and have not lived according to Your will. However, I want to turn from my sins and follow You with all my heart. I also believe that my sins have been forgiven by Your atonement and I have received eternal life through You. I thank You for the salvation that You have given me. Amen.





1. Ismaelin lapset, p. 32

2. F.C. GRANT, An introduction to the revised standard version of the New testament (1946), p. 42 - quote from Raamatun juuret, F.F. Bruce, p. 266.

3. F.G. KENYON, The Bible and Archaeology (1940), p. 228 - quote from Raamatun juuret, F.F.Bruce, p. 266.

4. F.G. KENYON, Our Bible and the ancient manuscripts, p. 85 - quote from Voiko Raamattukritiikkiin luottaa?, Tapio Luttinen, p. 40.

5. Ismaelin lapset, p. 14

6. VELI HENRY, Muslimit ja evankeliumi, p. 40

7. IBN HISHAM, Profeetta Muhammadin elämäkerta, p. 19

8. JAAKKO HÄMEEN-ANTTILA, Johdatus Koraaniin, p. 28

9. ANTHONY NUTTING, The Arabs, p. 17,18

10. Ismaelin lapset, p. 63-65, 69

11. Same   p. 93,94

12. STEVEN MASOOD, Valoon, p. 69

13. OSWALD J. SMITH, Maa johon kaipaan, p. 89




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Author: Jari Vesa Juhani Iivanainen Lahti Finland

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