Nehemiah – Revealing Our Heavenly Pardon

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Nehemiah parallels the Book of Ezra. Ezra focuses great attention to the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, while Nehemiah focuses mainly on the rebuilding of the city walls and gates in Jerusalem. Nehemiah reveals Jesus Christ as the Savior of God’s people, and that he would become the believer’s heavenly pardon from all their sins, faults, and shortcomings.

Nehemiah tells us of the bread from heaven that sustained the lives of the children of Israel and the water that came out of a rock when they were en route to the promised land. As the bread and water preserved their physical life, there is a correlation between Christ who is the true bread and water from heaven who preserves our spiritual life and who is the salvation of our souls (compare Nehemiah 9:15-21; with the Gospel of John 4:14 and 6:58; I Corinthians 10:4).

Nehemiah 9:17b –. . . but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.

When is God “ready to pardon?” When we have the petition of pardon! Jesus Christ is our petition and our pardon, who continually reveals to our conscious minds complete forgiveness!

I John 5:13-15:
-13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
-14: And this is the {God-given} confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us;
-15: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Since we believe on Jesus Christ, we receive confidence from God that He indeed has pardoned us with complete forgiveness. When we begin believing, this is when we absolutely know “that we have the petitions that we desire of him.”

Our petitions that we desire of God are to know with understanding that He has completely forgiven us, for God will always give us the desires of our hearts (Psalms 37:4), and we can know that our petition to the Father was presented to Him by the Son of God.

Ephesians 4:32 – And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

The word “forgiven” in both instances means to receive complete pardon. We have been pardoned for the sake of Jesus Christ, and in the same manner we are to be as gracious to one another.

Colossians 3:13 – Forbearing one another, and forgiving {pardoning} one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave {pardoned} you, so also do ye.

As we are able to forgive one another, we will become ever abler to believe in our hearts that our God has spiritually forgiven us and pardoned us with His gracious mercy and great kindness, for He has not forsaken us (Hebrews 13:5-6).

In Nehemiah the believers had great expectation in receiving their pardons as they continued to believe that their Messiah was indeed coming for them, and the work of rebuilding the gates and walls gave them assurance of God’s protection as they looked forward to the hope of Christ’s coming.

Currently we also have and enjoy our great expectation in the coming of Jesus (the Savior) Christ (the Messiah) for he gave his life for our acquittal of any wrongdoing.

Today we can build up the walls (of our minds) to believe in him, and continue preparing the gate (the door to our hearts, Revelation 3:20) that spiritually allows Jesus Christ to enter into our lives.