Top Ten Truth # 5 – All of Your Sins Are Forgiven!!! ~ blog
What motivates you to do good things? What motivates you to not do bad things? Good things tend to come with good rewards while bad things have painful consequences. One would think that doing the good things is a no brainer and not doing the bad things would also classify as a no brainer.
However, life is not filled with only black and white decisions. There is a lot of gray between the two. It is not always clear what the best choice is. For example, should you choose the piece of cherry pie or lemon meringue? Well, obviously, the cherry because you would be getting one of your fruits for the day. But if you are on the high seas it should be the lemon because the lemon fruit juice helps prevents scurvy…but, I digress.
When we begin to think about our thoughts, words, and deeds that are righteous or sinful the stakes rise considerably. The Bible helps clarify for us the difference between the acts of righteousness and the acts of sinfulness. It should be clear to all of us that righteous deeds can lead to God’s blessings and acts of sin lead to His discipline. Sometimes sinful acts carry with them their own punishment like when we break the law and are caught.
Depending on the severity of the illegal actions the punishment has been determined by our government and society. Running a red light, for your first offense, can lead to a fine of $150 in Ohio and is a minor misdemeanor. Running your car into a crowd of people obviously is much more serious and you could be charged with murder.
Our societies have laws with corresponding punishments going from a slap on the wrist to being slapped in the straps of an electric chair. The theory is that if you do the crime and pay the time you will be less likely to do the crime again. However, about 37% of offenders are rearrested for a new crime and sent back to prison within the first 3 years of their release.
However, when we are talking about sinful thoughts, words, and deeds there is a huge difference. That difference is that the Judge knows everything, sees everything, and automatically knows the thoughts and intentions of our heart. He knows exactly why we do the things we do and His judgment is exact and precise.
However, we have been given a good lawyer. In fact, He has never lost a case and is so gracious, merciful, and loving that He not only pleads our case as our Advocate but takes the punishment upon Himself for us. The results of our sinful actions are not up for interpretation or argumentation. We are as guilty as sin because we are sinners…plain and simple.
Our Advocate, Jesus the Son of God, is related to the Judge and they have been together forever. He has also volunteered to become a man, lived a sinless life, and then gave Himself up as a sacrifice for all of our sins. Notice what John writes in 1 John 2:1-2;
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
This fancy word “propitiation” might be foreign to you but it simply means the death of Jesus made atonement or paid for all of our sins…and not only for all of our sins but His death was sufficient to pay for all the sins of the whole world and to appease the anger of the Father.
Now, as a fellow sinner, we tend to minimize this astounding truth. When we continue to struggle with our sexual sins and porn this idea of all of our sins having been already atoned for fades away in our cloud of self-loathing. Fear and guilt, like dark storm clouds, blind us to the eternal truth that all our sins are completely forgiven in Christ. All of them…and His death is sufficient for all the sins of all the people in all the world throughout the existence of time.
It has paid for the first sin of Adam and Eve in the garden and your hours of watching porn looking for a relief that is momentary and carries with it more fear and guilt, as well as all the sins of everyone in the world until the end of time.
And to those who realize their need for a Savior and who by grace and through faith have believed in Christ and asked Him to be their Savior then the entire list of all the sins of your entire lifetime has been paid for, taken away, and nailed to the cross. Want proof? See Colossians 2:13-14;
“When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
Or consider what we learn in Hebrews 10:14;
“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time
those who are being sanctified.”
This, my friends, are all part of the GIFT of your salvation. Complete forgiveness of every sin you have ever committed, are committing now, or ever will commit in the future has already been paid for by the death of Jesus and also completely forgiven for eternity.
Should we confess these sins that are already forgiven? Yes, because we are told to confess our sins to God and one another. However, it is not to be begging for the forgiveness we have already received. But to demonstrate to our Father our repentance, to THANK HIM for the forgiveness we have already received, and to be cleansed from the residue of our sin.
Now the danger of believing this Top Ten Truth # 5 is that one might begin to think it is alright to go ahead and sin because it is already forgiven. Well, that is an option…but, not a good one because you will be inflicting damage to yourself and all your relationships. That attitude might be showing that you are not born again and a member of God’s family.
As Paul so clearly says in Romans 6:1;
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”
The answer to Paul’s question is that a believer cannot continue to live in sin. Experiencing the Christian life will not be part of your life if you are continuing to give in to even addictive behaviors. You will be miserable and not able to experience the real-life that God has for you.