If I were to ask any born again Christian if they believe that Jesus died for all of their sins, I know that nearly all of them would answer with an unequivocal “Yes!”. And that is great, because Jesus truly did die for all of our sins. And, if that were all there was to it, I wouldn’t be writing this blog.
Unfortunately, probably a majority of those who answered “yes” to the first question would, if asked, “What do you make of verses like John 1:9 then?”, would answer with something to the effect of we need to keep short accounts with God, otherwise we will be out of fellowship with Him. It is that issue that I would like to address in this post.
If Jesus truly died for all of our sins, and I believe there is ample evidence to conclude this decisively, then there are no sins left for God to hold against us, correct? If God is still holding my sins against me, then it must not really be forgiven. If it is not forgiven, how can it be dealt with? It seems to me that if any of my sins are yet unforgiven that Jesus would have to die once again to make payment for it. And we know the Bible is clear, that is not going to happen. The Bible says that Christ died for sins once!
Another explanation I have heard is that today, we get our sins forgiven by confessing them to God and then repenting of them. Really? If sins can be forgiven by confession and repentance, then why did Christ have to die? If we believe that sins can be forgiven so easily today, then we are doing two things, first, we are drastically under estimating the seriousness of sin, and second, we are drastically under valuing the preciousness of Christ’s blood. We are saying that our (works) confession and repentance are of equal value to Christ’s blood. I would call that pretty close to blasphemy, wouldn’t you?
No, the title of this piece says it all. When we sin, there is nothing that we can do but fall on our face in worship and thanksgiving that our God has already forgiven our sin when Jesus spilled His precious blood on our behalf and accept His free gift of Love for His children.
The person who lives a life of confession and repentance lives in constant fear that he might have missed a sin, or that maybe his confession or repentance is not sincere enough.
The person who lives a life knowing that His sins are already forgiven lives in continual thanksgiving, worship, and praise of His Lord for the gracious gift He has provided.