So how many of your sins has God forgiven? There is a lot of bad theology out there and in this area many of us have been affected by bad preaching, bad interpretation and by what seems to be “normal” in our hearts.
If we were to go by what seems right we would believe that when we received Jesus as Savior that all our sins up to that point were forgiven by His death on the cross. However, sins we commit after that have to be confessed in order for them to be forgiven. Just seems right that when we sin … and we will all sin many times before we die … just seems right that we should have to ask for forgiveness.
Now don’t get me wrong here … I do believe that when we sin we need to confess those sins to God. I have already had to do that twice this morning. However, we do not do it in order to receive forgiveness. We already have forgiveness. We confess so that we are acknowledging to our Father that we know what we did was wrong and to express sorrow and repentance.
So, let’s start with this passage …
“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.” (Colossians 2: 13-14)
Forgiveness for all our transgressions was purchased by Jesus on the Cross. ALL OUR TRANSGRESSIONS have been taken out of the way and have been nailed to the cross.
So, there was a list … we all have lists … and this one list is a list of all the sins you have done, are doing and will do until the day you die. That is the list that was nailed to the cross. Those are the sins that have been completely forgiven by the shed blood of Jesus. All those sins … all of them nailed to the cross and completely forgiven.
When we believe in the complete forgiveness of all our sins, which is biblical, then we are free to walk in His Grace and not live in the fear of whether we are saved or not. Now our salvation should make a difference and there is a process all of us are in from the day were saved until we die and go to heaven. It is called sanctification or the process of becoming more holy and more like Jesus. It is a battle. It is hard work but God has placed His Spirit inside of us to help us. We just need to yield to him daily and ask the Spirit to fill us and empower us to flee from sexual lust.
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