Forgiven Once and Forever (part 3)

Forgiven Once and Forever (part 3)

~ This blog post is an excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore.  Hear the whole sermon, Forgiven Once and Forever, from Agathos Church. Columbus, Ohio

The New Covenant believer, who has put their faith in Jesus Christ, no longer needs to make any offering for their sin.  In the Old Covenant, sacrifices were offered again and again, yet could not take away the consciousness of sins. (Heb. 10:2)  But, as born-again believers, in God’s eyes, we are perfect.

God is a spirit.  He relates to us spirit-to-spirit.  When God created Adam, He breathed into him His Spirit, and Adam became a living being and God communed with him.  God gave Adam complete dominion over the Garden of Eden, but warned Him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil “for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”  (Gen. 2:17)  Well, did Adam die on the day he ate the fruit of that tree?  Did God miss it?  No.  While Adam lived many more years physically, Adam died spiritually on that day.  As a result of his spiritual death, Adam’s communion with God was broken.  God still fellowshipped with man, but the spirit-to-spirit communion that God wanted was broken.  God’s whole plan was to bring redemption to that issue.  When God brought Jesus, He restored that communion with us by breathing His Spirit into us so that we can again be one with Him – spirit-to-spirit.  As believers, in God’s mind we are perfected – because it is HIM on the inside of us!

Paul put it this way: “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  (Gal 2:20)  The grace of God is what has provided this perfect relationship with the Father we now stand in.  Paul goes on to say: “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” (v. 21)  In other words, if it were possible to actually live good-enough to earn my position with God, then Christ died for no reason!  Paul is re-emphasizing that our right standing with God comes as a result of Jesus, not as a result of ourself!  There is only one action that will ever gain us entry into Heaven – and that is receiving Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior!

Believers, having been cleansed by the blood of Christ once and for all, should NOT be walking around with a sin-conciousness.  If we revisited this question: “what is your status right now with God?”  What would your answer be now?

Our answer should be “PERFECT!”   But most of us respond to that question with something less than that.  Something less than “PERFECT.”  If so, simply spend more time focusing on what Jesus did and less on what you’ve done or not done.  He is the perfect one, that’s why we put our faith in Him.  To whatever extent you think of your relationship with God as being based on your actions, you will perceive a disconnect because you will disqualify yourself from His free gift.  To whatever extent you think of your relationship with God as being based on the once and for all sacrifice of His Son, you will realize that you are perfectly qualified in God’s eyes!


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