Forgiven Once and Forever (part 4)

Forgiven Once and Forever (part 4)

~ 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

As believers, we should have no more consciousness of sin (Heb. 10:2).  How is that possible?  Here’s how:

Because ALL of your sins have ALREADY been forgiven.

You don’t need to think about something that’s in the past.  It’s done.  It’s over with.  It’s dealt with.  Completely.  There is no sin you will ever commit that was not already laid on Jesus – the Lamb of God that was slain for you!  Look at the lyrics of the classic hymn, It is Well with my Soul:

My sin — oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! —
My sin — not in part but the whole, —
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Your sin.  Not in part.  The whole thing.  Has ALL been nailed to the Cross.  You don’t bear it any more!  So, what do you do?  Praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord!  He has paid your debt in full!

All of your sins (past, present, and future sins) have been forgiven!  The work is done!  Jesus is not going back to the Cross, ever again, for you or for me!  He is never doing it again.  He is not even grouping up the World’s sins annually or anything like that.  ALL of your sins have ALREADY been forgiven.

It’s DONE.

“. . . we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God . . .” (Heb 10:10-12, emphasizes mine)  Forever does not just mean “up until today” or “up until the day that you accepted Christ.”  And after Jesus offered that ONE sacrifice for ALL sins FOREVER, He sat down.  Why did the writer of Hebrews take the time to mention that He sat down?  Because Jesus’ work was DONE – that’s why Jesus sat down!

“But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,’ then He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.'”  (Heb. 10:15-17, emphasis mine)  If God is not remembering your sins and lawless deeds anymore, why would you?  There is no longer any offering for your sin that needs made!  (v.18)  It’s done!  It’s taken care of!  Are you still trying to bring offerings to God for your sins?  Are you in any way still trying to appease God for your sins?  There is no need to!  



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