Forgiven once and for all!
Colossians 2 “13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us. He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. 15 Having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
The unbeliever is unforgiven because the law condemns their sins.
The wages of sin is death.
Believers are forgiven because Christ died for our sake, condemned to fulfill the demands of the law.
He tasted death for our sake so that we received eternal life in His resurrection.
We are forgiven because we are not under the law anymore.
We are righteous and perfect because He has done the work on our behalf.
We are complete in Christ – we are perfectly perfect in Christ.
Colossians 2 “9 For in him all the fullness of the Deity dwells bodily, 10 and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power.”
So now that we are forgiven and perfect in Christ, we walk in the same way. Not trying to attain God’s approval by works but to live in grace through faith!
Colossians 2 “6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.”
We walk according to our new heavenly identity in Christ, not like those who are condemned under the law. We are new creations, perfect and righteous in Christ, so let us walk in that reality.
Colossians 3 “If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 For these things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 7 You also once walked in those, when you lived in them; 8 but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth. 9 Don’t lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator, 11 where there can’t be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondservant, or free person; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. 14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.”
We turn away from sin because we love others and walk in love because we are already forgiven and perfect in Christ, dearly loved in His grace.