Total Forgiveness

Total Forgiveness

The Gospel is the Good News that those who come into Christ receive total forgiveness of all their sins and that God will never count their sins against them ever again!

“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.” Hebrews 10: 12-14 (ESV)

Jesus offered one sacrifice for all of sin for all of time. That’s every sin from the start of time to the end of time. Every past sin and every future sin was put onto Christ as he hung on the Cross. God then poured out the full weight of his wrath and punishment upon Christ for our sin. That is why it is very important to be in Christ, where all of our sins have been punished already. Once you come into Christ you receive full forgiveness of sins. Every sin you’ve ever committed and every sin you could possibly commit in the future was dealt with in Christ!

Now, if all your sins were punished in Christ do you know what this means? It means that God will never punish you for those sins. Where is the safest place to be in a bush fire? It’s where the fire has already burned. Why? Because it can never burn there again. Where is the safest place for sinners to be? In Christ where the fire of God’s wrath has already fully burned! Why? Because it can never burn there again. If you are in Christ then all of your sins have already been punished and dealt with! From the start of your life to the end of your life.

God will never hold your sins against you because they were taken away in Christ and dealt with! The Cross looked ahead at every sin that would ever be committed and it dealt with it right there. We live after the Cross. So, if the Cross didn’t deal with future sins then everyone born after the Cross cannot be forgiven and are still in their sins. No, the Cross looked ahead and dealt with every possibly future sin. It’s hard for people to accept, but the truth is, all your future sins have already been forgiven! Does that mean we should just run out and sin? Of course not! But the fact is, even if you did, those sins have already been forgiven! We must accept this truth first before we even look at overcoming sinfulness in our lives and walking in victory.

“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,” Colossians 2: 13 (ESV)

The Gospel reveals that God forgave us all of our sins (trespasses). Forgiveness is not future tense, it’s past tense! God doesn’t forgive us all our sins, he forgave us all our sins. It happened 2000 years ago and when we come into Christ we come into total forgiveness of sins. God doesn’t progressively forgive us our sins, he did it at the Cross once and for all. But it’s vital for us to be in Christ because that’s how we receive or access this completed gift of total forgiveness of sins.

Once we come into Christ by faith we receive total forgiveness of sins. It’s a gift we receive not a reward we achieve! Knowing that you are totally forgiven of all your sins and that God will never count them against you ever, will seriously affect how you live your life and the relationship you enjoy with God. It will free you from a whole lot of lifeless rituals that are based in trying to get rid of guilt and release you into a new and living way of serving God and being fruitful.

“... how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” Hebrews 9: 14 (ESV)

Further Reading It’s vital that each person receives this gift of forgiveness through faith in Christ.

  • “He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.’” Luke 24: 46-48 (NIV)
  • “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”Acts 2: 38 (NIV)
  • “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10: 43 (NIV)
  • “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”Acts 13: 38-39 (NIV)
  • “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.” Acts 22: 16 (NIV)
  • “to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26: 18 (NIV)
  • “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…” Ephesians 1: 7 (NIV)
  • “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1: 8-10 (NIV)