I’m sure we would never come out and say that to Jesus, but that is how many believers act. By not trusting that all our sins are forgiven, we are declaring that Jesus didn’t complete his task when he came here to earth, but he offered up himself as the sacrifice for our sins once, and that was more than enough to forever take care of the sin issue. It has already been paid for.
Let’s dig in and see this truth clearly revealed through scripture. In John 1:29, John the Baptist declared about Jesus, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” That was declared before his death, so now after his death and resurrection we can confidently say he took away the sin of the world.
Romans 6:9-10 says, “Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over him. For the death that he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life that he lives, he lives to God.”
Hebrews 7:27 says, “Who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins and then for the people’s, for this he did once for all when he offered up himself.”
Hebrews 9:12 says. “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood he entered the most holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” In my opinion this is one of the most glorious, precious scriptures in the entire Bible.
Hebrews 9:25-26 – “Not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another - He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, ONCE at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
Hebrews 10: 9-10 says, “Then he said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God.’ He takes away the first [covenant of the law] that he may establish the second [covenant of grace]. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” The thoughts in brackets are mine.
Hebrews 10:12 says. “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.”
Hebrews 1:3 says, “When he had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high.”
Isaiah 53:6 says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Colossians 2:13-14 says. “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has made alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us [talking about the old covenant of the law], which was contrary to us. And he has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Jesus declared while hanging on the cross, just before he gave up his spirit, “It is finished (John 19:30).” Can you see the finality of that verse along with all the rest I shared? He came to earth and took care of all sin once and for all. He didn’t do a partial job. He did a full, complete task. Thank you Jesus.
If you have trouble believing that even your future sins are forgiven, remember that Jesus died over 2000 years ago, and all our sins were future at that point.
If you worry that if you take your mind off of your sins and place them on Jesus it might cause you to want to go live in sin, please don’t. It is impossible to meditate on Jesus and his sacrifice and then have the desire to go live in sin. Psalm 37:4 says to delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. When you delight yourself in Jesus and what he has done, he puts his desires in your heart, and that is not a desire to sin. It is a desire to live for him and his glory. It has worked for me, and it will work for you as well.
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Published: August 1, 2016