Is There a “Finished Line” for Christians? ~ blog
Notice the title and that I am not talking about our Finish Line like when we die and go to heaven, where we will be made imperishable and live in perfect holiness forever.
No, I am talking about the Finished Line where you have committed so many sins, failed to keep so many promises, and drifted from the flock so many times that you are Finished with God and He is Finished with you. You have fulfilled the allotted amount of sins the Father will accept, your passport to Heaven is canceled, and the Lord is patting you on the back saying;
“We really had high hopes for you, but I guess it just wasn’t in you to try hard enough. Perhaps it is for the best that you go to hell forever. We gave you as many chances as we could, but you just kept going back to sexual sin. So Long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen, Good Night!”
Just yesterday I received an email from a brother who is living in fear, like all of us have, about perhaps having crossed the Finished Line.
“I also probably need someone to explain all of those horrifying verses in scripture that talk about “falling away“, and how it’s “impossible to come back” … and how it would have been better to have never heard the Truth and rejected it, than to have heard the Truth and disobeyed….”
I so appreciated this brother’s open and raw honesty because he seems to be standing on the Finished Line and wondering if it is yet before him or he has already crossed it.
I will admit that there are passages which seem to teach that one can lose their salvation if they continue to live in deliberate sin. Like in Hebrews 10:26-27;
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”
That passage on the surface and taken out of context seems to be saying that if we deliberately keep sinning after receiving Christ there is no sacrifice for sins left. So, that means at some point you will cross the Finished Line and the sacrifice of Christ for all your sins only works for those sins committed before the Finished Line but not after you cross it.
I don’t know…maybe it is just me but it seems like when the Bible says all my sins are forgiven that would mean all of my sins, past, present, and future. Not some but all. Not partially but completely. Not Conditional Love up to a point and then hell but Unconditional Love forever from the God who knew all of my sins and He chose me anyway…knowing full well every sin I would ever commit.
Now what about that “no sacrifice for sins is left!!!” Well, if you would follow the writer’s train of thought beginning in chapter 9 – 10 you should notice something. The writer is comparing the one sacrifice for all sin – Jesus’s sacrifice to the never-ending sacrifices made by the priests in the Temple. Day after day, year after year, century after century the never-ending ceremony of sacrifices being offered for the sins of the people of Israel. He writes;
“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again, and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
He has made us perfect forever even while we are being made holy. Then he writes;
Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
And where these have been forgiven,
sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”
The reason he says in verse 26 that “no sacrifice for sins is left” is because he has just said “sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”
No sacrifice for our sins is left because no sacrifice for our sins is needed. The finished work of Christ on the cross has completely paid for every single one of the sins that you will ever commit in your entire life. And since through faith in Christ you have been born-again by the Spirit of God and received the GIFT of your salvation all your sins have been paid for because Jesus took the punishment for all of your sins on the cross.
And what about Galatians 5 where we read these ominous words after we read about the deeds of the flesh that includes sexual sin;
“I warn you, as I did before,
that those who live like this
will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
He is not talking about believers who struggle with the deeds of the flesh and seem to keep falling, despite trying not to back into sexual sin. But he says; “Those who LIVE like this…”
In the Greek it is clear that Paul is talking to those who have given themselves over to a lifestyle of living this way. They dive into the deep end of sexual immorality and are enjoying it feeling no remorse or believing anything is wrong with it.
Listen, all Christians struggle with some area of sin and we will continue to do so as long as we live on this fallen world, have our sin nature inside of us, and have to face demonic powers every day.
Stop allowing the devil and the lies of what you are hearing to keep you in shame and fear. Step into the light and join those of us who are the Ninja Warriors of truth, accountability, and daily support. We are the Navy Seals of helping one another what none of us could do on our own. Just email me!!!