We know that faith in Jesus gives us the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 2 “13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
Some people believe that only past sins are forgiven. They think that present and future sins need to be confessed and repented to be forgiven. They think that if believers sin willfully then they will lose salvation.
But all such ideas are from not understanding what Jesus did on the cross.
Let us ask these questions:
- How many sins did Adam commit to result in death? ONE.
Let me state this clearly: all it takes is one sin to result in death.
Romans 6:23 “ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Why do Christians say that they sin after believing? You cannot sin and have eternal life at the same time.
What is sin? How do you define sin?
Most believers say that sin is breaking the ten commandments (law).
But the Bible says that if people break even one commandment, then they are cursed and guilty of breaking it all (James 2:10, Galatians 3:10)
So if Christians say that we sin (break the law) after faith in Jesus, then we will be condemned by just ONE SIN. But some Christians say that we won’t lose salvation by sin but will be chastised or not experience the love of God. They water down the law to make it still applicable in a reduced manner. But that is not the truth.
The wages of sin is death, and not chastisement or losing the “experience” of God’s love.
Sin cannot be taken away by confession/repentance/chastisement/feelings.
This is why Jesus died on the cross to take away all sins
John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
All our sins were taken away on the cross once and for all. God had to die on the cross to remove all sin from the world. If even one sin is remaining then Jesus cannot rise from the dead. The fact that Jesus died and rose from the dead, proves that all sin has been removed.
When you believe in Jesus, you receive this gift : you are eternally forgiven, and you became sinless (righteous and holy and perfect as God). But the unbeliever remains in sin.
The only way for a believer to have future sins is for us to be under the law of commandments. But if you are under law then you will die for just one sin, and then Jesus has to die every day to save you for daily sins.
But Jesus removed the law by His death once for all, to make you perfectly sinless in the New Covenant (Hebrews 10:12-14)
There is no sin in the believer because you are not under the law but under grace, eternally alive in Christ (Romans 6:14, Ephesians 2:4-8).
The law does not even exist today. It was obsolete on the cross and disappeared in the first century (Hebrews 8:13).
Today the only sin is unbelief (John 16:9) An unbeliever is in sin.
The believer is sinless in Christ.
You are in Christ, and there is no sin in Him. Therefore there is no sin for the believer.
Your sins are gone – taken away. You are righteous in Christ.
Righteous means sinless, holy, perfect, blameless, spotless as Jesus and God Himself.
Rejoice in the Lord. He has taken away all sin and the believer is eternally sinless.
This is why we must focus on the CROSS where Jesus finished the work.
1 Corinthians 2 ” 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”