29. All our sins have been forgiven

Last week we learned that we are the temple of God. We are the residing place of the Lord Almighty. He lives within us and we need to radiate His love to all we meet. We need to lure people closer to God. Because we are His temple, we can talk to God at anytime. We can fellowship with Him, because Jesus was our ultimate sacrifice. And because Jesus was our ultimate sacrifice we have forgiveness of sins if we accept Him into our lives. Let us have a look at a couple of Scriptures confirming this:

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." Ephesians 1:7

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13, 14

"And you, being dead in your trespass and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses." Colossians 2:13

"I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His Name's sake." 1 John 2:12

Isn't this wonderful news? Our sins have been forgiven us. All our trespasses have been forgiven, past tense. It is not something that must happen on a regular basis, but something that HAS happened already. Jesus took all the penalty of our sins on Him. He took it all. All the curses and all the wrath of God. Read Deuteronomy 28:15-68 of what would happen to you if you do not follow the Law. It is really a scary passage to read, it is horrific what would happen. But Jesus came and freed us from it all. He took it all upon Himself that we do not have to bear it. That is grace, that is unearned, unmerited favour that He has bestowed upon us and all we need to do is to believe on Him. Wow.

We needn't ask for forgiveness anymore, we needn't plead with Him to please please forgive us. He has already. Our new born spirit is perfect in every way as we have seen in past weeks. Our new born spirit is like God in every way, holy and sinless. That is why John says that God's children cannot sin anymore:

"Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God." 1 John 3:6, 9

God's Spirit united with ours cannot sin. And God wants us to live in the spirit. He wants us to live in the new creation. He wants us united with Him, abiding with Him and walking this earth as His sons, representing Him in every way. If a Christian continues to relish in sin, he doesn't fully understand who he is in Christ. He doesn't embrace the new creation that he is. It is when you come to the full realisation of who you are in Christ that you start walking in it. Day by day, as you focus on Christ and use the Bible as a mirror to learn who you truly are, you will feel all inclination to sin fade away. You will start to walk more and more as you truly are in the spirit, you will start to walk as God sees you, His beloved son. There will come a day where you truly can walk away from all sin. Impossible you say? That is not what the Bible says. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:1:

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ."

Paul told the Corinthian church to imitate him. In other words, he was like Christ, imitating Him in every way. And Paul is no better than you and I, he said it himself. He had the same Spirit within that you and I have. He had the same newly born spirit that you and I have. If Paul can grow and ultimately walk a sinless life so can we. The more we enter into God's Kingdom, the more we focus all our thoughts on what goes on in Heaven, the more we will be inclined to act like Him. The more we renew our minds to think like His Word, the less we will sin. It is a fact. What you think about you become. Christians and non Christians agree on that. Your thought life, as we have discussed, is vitally important.

Christ has forgiven all our sins. When we ask forgiveness today, it is not to obtain forgiveness from Him (as we have it already), it is more to acknowledge that what we have done is wrong and to move in our mind renewal process towards Kingdom living. It is all about standing up in who we truly are. And if acknowledging our sins and moving away from them helps us, then you must do it. But I prefer thanking God for His forgiveness, to say that I know what I have done is wrong and to ask Him to help me in living closer to Him and not to do it again. I find the less I focus on sin, the less I do it. I rather choose to focus on Him and His ways, His goodness and His grace, because then, before I know it, I am living His Godly way.

Thank you Father for forgiving all our sins, past, present and future. Thank you so much for pouring out Your judgment of all sin upon Your Son and not upon us. Thank you Jesus, thank you Father and thank you Holy Spirit. You are the most wonderful Most High God. We adore You and praise Your Name! Thank you that You are never angry with us and that You will never punish us. We glorify You! Amen


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