Total Forgiveness

Some people believe that only past sins have been forgiven, therefore you need to ask and receive forgiveness for every sin that you commit from then on. This means for some, that if you die without confessing your latest sin, you may go to hell!

Note: If true it would probably be better to confess all sin and then commit suicide quick so you go straight to heaven – unfortunately suicide is a sin so that won’t work either!

There are several problems with this idea of partial forgiveness not least the logic:

1)   1 John 2:12 “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.”

What’s really important is that the tense of the verb forgiven is perfect:

The perfect tense in Greek corresponds to the perfect tense in English, and describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated.

Jesus’ last cry from the cross, TETELESTAI (“It is finished!”) is a good example of the perfect tense used in this sense, namely “It [the atonement] has been accomplished, completely, once and for all time.”  Blue letter Bible

2)    ALL sin is forgiven

Col 2:14 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

1 John 1:7 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.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

All these scriptures are talking about salvation and a one-time forgiveness. Now you have been transferred into the kingdom of light (Colossians 1: 12 & 13 &), you have confessed your sins so therefore you are cleansed of all sin and all unrighteousness.

3)   When Jesus died in space-time history for all the sins of the world, all our sins were future anyway.

“1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.”

4)   Sin is not a matter of time to God as he is outside space-time. For example, in God’s eyes Jesus was the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. Now, God remembers our sins no more, that is either all our sins or none of them whether they are future, past, or present it isn’t relevant to God.

Hebrews 10:8 “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”

5)    The Lord Jesus atonement and sacrifice was a single event, unlike the temple sacrifices which was once every year. Jesus publicly declared on the cross – it is finished. If every time you sin that sin had not been paid for, then Jesus would have to get back on the cross again!

Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

Wow, did you read that – by one offering (the cross) you are perfected for ever!

6)   It gets even more complicated when you get down to the detail of individual sins because there are not only sins of commission, but omission and sins we are not even conscious of at all!

James 4:12 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.

To cap it all, Paul says  what is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). This makes it virtually impossible to ever confess and repent for all your sins!

So you say, this is all well and good but surely I can just go out and sin so that grace may increase. Yes you can, and if your Gospel isn’t this good its not grace.  But why would you want to.  Anyway that’s the subject for another post!

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