Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.
The forgiveness of sins granted freely (Isa. 43:25
), readily (Neh. 9:17; Ps. 86:5
), abundantly (Isa. 55:7; Rom. 5:20
). Pardon is an act of a sovereign, in pure sovereignty, granting simply a remission of the penalty due to sin, but securing neither honour nor reward to the pardoned. Justification (q.v.), on the other hand, is the act of a judge, and not of a sovereign, and includes pardon and, at the same time, a title to all the rewards and blessings promised in the covenant of life.
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