Forgiveness Of Sin Is For Sin Past, Present And Future Part 01
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14
This is part one of the biblical case that Christ’s death provided forgiveness of sin, both past sins committed and those that may be committed after the point of salvation. My case is this; firstly that Christ’s atoning death covered all sins. Second, when a person is born again, they are justified. Because they are justified by God, they cannot lose their salvation. Third, that Jesus’ work was declared to be finished
First Point:and we have attained peace with God, and that no further effort was needed to attain that peace. Fourthly because we are justified by Grace through faith alone and not of works, it is impossible to loose salvation, because we did not earn it nor keeps it by our own merits. Fifthly, God adopts those who He saves, permanently and eternally. Sixthly, God says that there is no longer any condemnation for those believers. There would certainly be condemnation if we still had sins to clear after repentance. Finally because Jesus offers rest from all works and striving to be forgiven and to be saved, something that you need to do if you lost that state every time you sin after the point of conversion.
And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”
then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:10-18
If you needed one verse that spells out this concept most clearly, it would be the one about, Hebrews 10:10-18, as you can see, it says that
- been sanctified by Christ’s offering of Himself
- That no priestly effort, was ever able to take away sins, This includes Catholic mass, penance and confession.
- But Christ’s death, His offering of Himself, in a single sacrifice which was effective for all time. Notice that this single sacrifice covered all sins. Also that it was finished, Jesus sat down.
- Notice that there is a single offering, and it perfected for all time, meaning that there is no further offering for sin, in any way, ever. The final and now only offering for sin that is of any effect is Christ’s death on the cross
- God the Holy Spirit promises in covenant to write His law on our hearts and minds (this is the conscience (Romans 2:15) and that He will not remember our sins any more. They’re gone, forgiven and forgotten. Not only our past sins, but our sins, all of them that we commit during our lifetime.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
Part of what happens when a person gets saved is that God justifies a person. This biblical and theological word justified means a legal declaration of a person’s righteousness standing before God. (See the dictionary.com definition)
Justification happens to a Gospel believing person regardless of what particular sin they have committed and regardless. It is done entirely by God and is how He sees one of His children. Because it’s all on God’s side that justification is done, and that justification isn’t something that can change all the time, therefore, you cannot become unjustified, therefore, you cannot lose your salvation, therefore, Your future sins are already forgiven.
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 Also see Romans 5:1 above.
In John 19:30 Jesus is one the cross, He has already received the many beatings, and has carried His cross to Golgotha and has been nailed and raised. After hanging there, having the wrath of God poured out on Him in our place, having completed this work, He says the words: “It is finished”, literally in the Greek, the debt has been paid. This work of Jesus was finished; He had paid the sin debt we had accrued. It doesn’t say that He paid that debt until we get saved, then it’s up to us to pay for our sins. No! He declares the work to be complete. Also you will notice that when these events actually happened, all the sins He would be atoning for would be in the future. For us, the work was finished before our salvation, during, and after. Our sins were covered by Christ’s death, both before our repentance, and afterwards.
Also we have peace with God through Christ (Romans 5:1). Notice that this peace does not fluctuate. It is a continuous state of peace. We have no peace with God if we still have to cover for some of our sins. But we don’t, as Christ already forgave them.
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