What this post is addressing is this…

All people sin every day, (whether saved or lost).

And the Christian is grieved by their sins, and frequently Satan speaks to the Christian condemning thoughts like …”if you were really a Christian, you wouldn’t have done that. You’re probably not even saved. You’re not forgiven of that. God is fed up with you, you’re hopeless.”

And that’s the sort of lies that that this post is countering.

This post is intended to reinforce to my brethren that… yes, you & I do sin every day.
But you are forgiven and loved by your heavenly Father.
So walk in the truth of scripture, and quit listening to the devil who wants to beat you down.

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Dear born-again Christian, you’ve been made the very righteousness of God as a free gift from God, by the obedience of one, (the risen Lord Jesus Christ).

But you also have an accuser (Satan), who continually tries to convince you to identify yourself by your sinful flesh.
And he doesn’t want you to rest in the fact that you have been fully forgiven of all sin, and made fully the righteousness of God as a free gift from your loving heavenly Father.

So believe the truth,
(believe God Who loves you, not your enemy who hates you).

It’s true that you & I are guilty of innumerable sins, (yesterday, today, and tomorrow).
So don’t deny or make excuses for your sins, you’re guilty as charged.

BUT…that’s not the end of the story,
because there’s GREAT NEWS THAT ACCOMPANIES YOUR SIN-GUILT.

And that great news is…ALL of your sins were fully punished on the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.
And that sacrifice of God giving His Life for your sins was fully accepted & received by your loving heavenly Father.

Think about that deeply for a moment my friend. Let that truth be a balm for your soul:

The perfect sin-sacrifice, (God Himself), allowed Himself to be murdered (by His own creation), as your substitute in punishment.

God loves you so much, that He allowed His only begotten Son to be killed as the punishment for your [insert your name here] specific sins!

And if that isn’t enough punishment for all of your sins, then nothing is.
(Of course it’s enough).

Which means that God has NO MORE PUNISHMENT IN REGARD TO YOUR SINS WHATSOEVER!

(Did you get that?)

GOD HAS NO MORE FORGIVENESS TO ISSUE TO YOU!

why?

Because IT IS FINISHED!

PRAISE THE LIVING GOD FOR HIS INCOMPARABLE ACT OF LOVING-MERCY FOR YOU.

And on top of God having fully forgiven ALL of your sins, He’s also fully accepted you, and He’s fully clothed you in His righteousness!!!

(It’s mind blowing isn’t it!?)

So honor God by believing & celebrating what He’s done for you!!!

Turn from your sins, but do so in the knowledge that you’re already fully forgiven of all sin, and have been made very the righteousness of God.

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Isaiah 61.10

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

John 19.30

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Romans 3.22

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Romans 4.1-8

1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

7Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Romans 5.19

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Romans 7.18-25

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 8.33

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

1 Corinthians 1.30-31

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5.21

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Galatians 3.3-7

3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Philippians 3.9

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Colossians 2.13-15

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Hebrews 10.14

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Revelation 1.5-6

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 12.9-11

9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

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Here’s my previous post about forgiveness from God and 1 John 1.9:

{The Christian’s ongoing sin-forgiveness, & 1 John 1.9}

Hi there, this post is intended to help any Christian gain clarity about whether or not a Christian receives ongoing forgiveness from God.

[People who aren’t born again by the Spirit of God have no forgiveness from God whatsoever. This post is speaking only to the issue of whether or not the born-again Christian receives ongoing forgiveness from God].

The typical religious teaching about this matter goes something like this: “Just keep short accounts with God. Keep asking Him to forgive you of your sins as you sin, and He’ll keep forgiving you of your sins.”

But is that how forgiveness from God really works in regard to the already born-again Christian’s sins? No, it isn’t.

You see, forgiveness from God is only by Jesus’ blood, (read Hebrews chapter 9). And the Bible doesn’t teach anything after the cross about a Christian receiving ongoing forgiveness from God.

Here’s a quick example of how forgiveness from God is presented in scripture under the law, (pre atonement):

Matthew 6.14-15:

14 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

And here’s how forgiveness from God is presented to the Christian who’s already received God’s forgiveness under the new covenant, (post atonement):

Ephesians 4.32

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

So did you notice how those statements are the opposite of one another in message? Both statements are equally valid, but both statements represent different perspectives about forgiveness from God.
The first statement is a perspective of forgiveness of sins under the demands of the law, while the other is a perspective of the finished work of Christ applied to a person, (see Hebrews chapter 4 about resting in the finished work of Christ).

However there’s one verse in scripture after the cross which religion frequently uses to suggest that a Christian receives ongoing forgiveness from God, and it’s “1 John 1.9.”

Therefore I present to you the entire chapter of 1 John chapter one. Please read it to give yourself the proper context of verse 9, (the whole chapter is only 10 verses long).

1 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

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So here’s some observations that I see in this chapter:

• One of the first things that jumps out at you, is that this portion of the overall letter of 1 John is aimed at some particular people who need to have fellowship with others who have fellowship with God.
In other words, it appears that the target audience for this particular chapter is written to people who aren’t actually born again, but are among genuine Christians. (Most assemblies of Christians have such people among them).

Additionally, I find this chapter speaking to people who:

• Walk in darkness, lie, and do not the truth.

• Say they have no sin, they are deceived, and the truth is not in them.

And they

• Make God a liar, and His word is not in them.

Now ask yourself: “Is that describing a Christian?”
(That doesn’t describe any Christian).

That’s describing lost people who need to be saved. This section of scripture is evangelical for the salvation of lost people.
Therefore it isn’t a passage of scripture about Christians receiving ongoing forgiveness from God.

The finality & success of the cross must be understood.

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And that’s the difference between believing what Jesus’ blood really accomplished on the cross for your sins, Vs religion’s disregarding the exclusivity of Jesus’ blood for sin-forgiveness.

Rest in the finished work of Christ my brother and sister. The born-again Christian doesn’t receive ongoing forgiveness from God, because all of our forgiveness from God is already finished and accepted in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Revelation 1.5

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”

Hebrews 1.3

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

Hebrews 9.22

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

Hebrews 10.12

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

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All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.