Lara and Stephen in happier times. The IP of Anonymous, below, is San Antonio, Texas. The comment is likely from Barbara, my ex-wife.
The forgiveness of sins is mentioned about forty-four times in the New Testament. The huge majority of these occur in the Gospels in the teaching of Jesus, but also six times in Acts, three times in Paul’s letters, three times in Hebrews, once in James and twice in 1 John. Paul prefers the word “justified”.
The etymology of the Greek word translated as forgiveness [aphesis] suggests freedom. The root idea is that of being “sent out, sent forth”. This particular word is variously translated in the New Testament as “deliverance,” “liberty,” “remission,” and “forgiveness.”
It is a word that recognizes all the bondage into which our sins have brought us—of guilt, of pollution, of power—and declares that by this redemption we are therefrom set free. Not free merely from the penalty, but forgiveness is to be set completely loose from sins, their guilt gone, their pollution ceased, their power broken.
Biblical scholars are unanimous in saying the covenant between God and his people is essentially concerned with the forgiveness of sin.
A few citations:
1. Romans 4:7: Blessed are those whose iniquities have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered over.
2. Ephesians 1:7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
3. Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: