Experience the Life Changing Power of Jesus Christ through understanding Forgiveness of Sins Past Present and Future and Find True Rest in Jesus Christ! Finding True Rest in Jesus Christ!!!
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NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE OTHER POSTS UNDER THE “GIFTS FROM JESUS” TAB AT THE TOP TO HAVE A COMPLETE AND BALANCED VIEW ON THIS TOPIC. SOME CRUCIAL ASPECTS WHICH ARE DISCUSSED IN GREAT DETAIL IN THE OTHER POSTS WILL NOT BE REPEATED IN DETAIL HERE.
God’s forgiveness is based upon His righteousness; not ours. God has paid our debt from the riches of His grace.
Christ gives us complete assurance of salvation. In Jesus, we can rest from all fear of ever being lost. We may completely trust in Christ’s merits to be sufficient on our behalf. Placing confidence in Him will not leave us ashamed in the day mans deeds come into Judgment.
• The New Covenant promises God will NOT impute sin to us; thus we are saved from all condemnation.
• The New Covenant promises God will cover us in the Righteousness of Christ; thus making us worthy of Heaven.
• The New Covenant promises that our sins are not only forgiven, they are forgotten by all heaven.
• The New Covenant promises that Heaven will never mention your sins again.
In this sense our entire life is covered immediately by the New Covenant when we accept Christ. Our lives past, present and future are hidden safely in the One who inhabits eternity! The Bible says we ARE sanctified, and that we HAVE received the atonement, and that we ARE sealed, and that we ARE forgiven of our sins. However despite what some teach, this is not the end of the story.
We are given commandments in the New Covenant
• We must love God with all our hearts
• We must love one another as Christ loved us
It offends the conditions of the New Covenant to withhold forgiveness from one another. If we fail on this point we will likewise fail to have God’s forgiveness on the day of Judgment.
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Fornication, adultery, drunkenness, homosexuality and many other evils offends the conditions of the New Covenant. If we persist in these sins with no repentance towards them, we will not enter God’s kingdom.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
We fail God repeatedly throughout our lifetimes and yes we will sin. The promise is if we sin we have an advocate with God, Christ Jesus. The above list of sins are the class of sins that are “unto death” referred to in 1 John 5. We will look at those passages in a moment. These sins we most certainly must turn from. Christ has demonstrated that even these sins will be forgiven so long as we seek His grace and mercy. He forgave the woman caught in adultery. However if we persist in any of these sins i.e. by withholding forgiveness from others, or live a life of fornication etc, then we disqualify ourselves from meeting the conditions of the New Covenant. The Old Covenant required perfect obedience, the New Covenant requires FAITH. If we live a life out of harmony with the faith of Jesus Christ persisting in disobedience to his commandment to love one another we sin.
“Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
Spurgeon was the great preacher of GRACE ALONE, i.e. he teaches us that we are saved by GRACE ALONE, and yet he also believed in the REGENERATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Which means that we ought to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Imagine with me that salvation is a BOMB SHELTER. If you abide inside it you will be 100% guaranteed to be saved when the attack comes. However once you leave this bomb shelter you are on your own. The attack that is coming is so severe that all who are outside this bomb shelter are guaranteed to die. Jesus is the only carpenter skilled enough to build a bomb shelter fortified strongly enough to survive this attack. Others have tried to make similar structures, but in the end they will all fail.
When we fail God and sin, we are still INSIDE the bomb shelter. God has not left us nor forsaken us. However if over the course of our lives we REFUSE to forgive others, or REFUSE to stop fornicating, etc we choose to leave the bomb shelter. Paul the great preacher of SALVATION BY FAITH says that such sins will disqualify a person from entering God’s kingdom.
As long as you are in the bomb shelter your sins are forgiven past present and future. God will not impute sin against you, in other words no bomb fragments can hurt you. Those day to day sins, or mistakes are covered by the bomb shelter.
1 John 5:16-17
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
Paul taught that when people committed fornication (a sin unto death) we were not so much as to eat with them.
1 Corinthians 5:11-13
11 But now I HAVE WRITTEN UNTO YOU NOT TO KEEP COMPANY, IF ANY MAN THAT IS CALLED A BROTHER BE A FORNICATOR, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. THEREFORE PUT AWAY FROM AMONG YOURSELVES THAT WICKED PERSON.
John in the passage we quoted a few moments ago said such should not even be prayed for! Paul said that these are to be delivered unto Satan for a time so that they might become ashamed of their actions and return to God.
All who go on committing adultery are commanded to be “put away from us.” Of such John says, ” I do not say that he shall pray for it.” Sounds like they left the bomb shelter to me!
If any teach that it is impossible to leave this bomb shelter they are putting their faith in a grievous error. If any teach you that you never need to repent of fornication, adultery, drunkenness, homosexuality etc. and teach you will still be in heaven regardless, that is a lie. In such case, I quote Jesus and Paul who said “BE NOT DECEIVED!” If any teach you can withhold forgiveness and still have God’s forgiveness, they are in fact an antichrist contradicting the words of Jesus Himself. If any teach that repentance towards these grievous sins are optional – that you can take it or leave it, they are deceived.
Calvinists might take exception to this post. Therefore I would like to point out that John Calvin himself, taught that a Christians life ought to be “a life of repentance.” Anything out of harmony with the principals of love ought to be repented of! In this we honor Christ and keep his commandments.
Balance is the key. Avoid extremes, such as perfectionism on the one hand, which fears condemnation over the slightest offense. God no longer keeps account of our sins, and we are accounted perfect through Christ imputed righteousness, not through our own works. So we are already accounted perfect through Him, Hebrews 10:14. However we also need to avoid the other extreme, that teaches that we can freely commit the most grievous sins, fornication, adultery, idolatry, denial of Christ – and have no repentance towards them and still go to heaven. “Be not deceived! Such will not inherit the kingdom of God!” Both extremes are ditches along the road that leads to life. I loved you enough today, to tell you the truth, that there is a line, which Christians should NEVER cross; and if you have crossed it, repentance is absolutely necessary for you to be in God’s kingdom!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. “
“For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect–if that were possible.
“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
1 Thessalonians 5:24,
“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
“because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
“I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you… If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”
“Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
“He who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
1 Timothy 4:1,
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”
“They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.”
“If you hold to my teaching, you are really My disciples.”
“By standing firm you will gain life.”
“They did not remain faithful to My covenant, and I turned away from them”
“You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.”
“If you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.”
“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.”
2 Peter 1:8-10,
“But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.”
2 Peter 3:17,
“Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.”
He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white.
“He who disowns Me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.”
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
1 Corinthians 5:7
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
1 Peter 1:22
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
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Before the world was made God predestined men to be saved. He wrote our names in the Book of Life. The Book of Life demonstrates God knew each of us by name before we were born.
Throughout this worlds history all of mankind has been given the choice to either accept their Creator, or to reject Him. God “is not willing that any should perish but that all men should repentance.” When men reject His invitation to accept His mercy, they compel their Loving Father in Heaven to blot their names from this Book of Life. God has predestined us to eternal life, but he has given us the choice whether we will decide follow Jesus and keep our names in the Book of Life or choose our own ways and have our names removed..