Forgiven Once and Forever (part 5)

Forgiven Once and Forever (part 5)

~ 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

Now, many of us, when we first hear about the finished work of Jesus on the cross,  can struggle with the thought of “how is it that my ‘future sins’ can already be paid for?”  Good question.  Isaiah 57:15 says God “inhabits eternity.”  Psalms 139:16 says “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”  God knows your entire life from beginning to end (including the part you haven’t even lived yet).  Psalms 90:2 says “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”  God made time and lives on both ends of it.  Verse 4 of Psalms 90 says “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.”  1000 years are like ‘yesterday’ to God because to Him they’ve already happened.  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. (Isa 55:8)  His Ways are above our ways!  God sees the beginning from the end.  We live in time.  God created it.  God started the clock.  He, having made eternity, is not bound by it, but instead can see our every move, see our every choice.  He has seen our every success and every failure.  He saw that all before He punished Jesus on the Cross.  He knew all of your sins and gathered them ALL up to put them on His Son at Calvary.

We on the other hand, live in a succession of moments, so to us it is mind boggling that our sins of tomorrow could already be taken care of!  Often when we sin, it comes as such a surprise that we reason “surely this must be dealt with!”  But God did not find out about that sin when you found about it.  He knew about it before He punished Jesus.  God has already taken care of your life-long-sin-inventory and covered them ALL with the blood of His Son!  God, after gathering up all of your sins, poured out His wrath on His very own Son for those sins.  God has not gone soft on sin; He has just already dealt with it!

He put all of our sins on His Son.  Therefore, we have been given a gift from God called righteousness.  It is His righteousness, not ours.  That’s why our sin does not affect our right standing with God – because our right standing is based on the righteousness of His Son, Jesus!  Your standing with God is not based on you at all.  It’s based on Him!  It’s all about Jesus.



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