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Are our past, present, and future sins forgiven in Christ?

Is there a verse that says our past present and future sins have been forgiven?

Clarify Share Report Asked July 21 2017 Mini Anonymous

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
To me, Paul makes clear in Romans that faith in Christ causes sin's former total control over a person to be broken (Romans 6:1-4, 15-18). Therefore, those who have been born again and have been forgiven of past sins for Christ's sake, will not (even though they will remain sinners in this life) continue in a pattern of unacknowledged, unconfessed sin. They will recognize and feel sorrow for (that is, repent of) those sins that they do continue to commit, confess them to God, and seek God's forgiveness for them. (Likewise, Jesus conditioned our forgiveness of others on their repentance (Luke 17:3-4).) As long as such ongoing repentance is present, God will forgive the person's sins for Jesus' sake.

Conversely, however, if a person (even if being an outwardly professing Christian) fails to recognize and feel sorrow for ongoing sins, and to continue to seek God's forgiveness for them, that would indicate that the individual (regardless of external appearances or claimed beliefs) is not in a relationship with God that would allow God to continue to forgive him, just as God in the Old Testament spoke of the people of Judah (despite their descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) being unwilling to turn to Him so that He might forgive them (Isaiah 6:10).

July 21 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Image41 Ezekiel Kimosop Pastor, Teacher
Are our Past, Present and Future Sins Forgiven in Christ? 

I have heard some Word of Faith Bible teachers make the proclamation that our past, present and future sins rolled together have all been forgiven in advance because Christ has nailed it all to the cross. This is partly true but we need to anchor our theology in the context of the Scripture. 

While it is true that our past sins has been ransomed and that the blood of Jesus is available to cleanse our present sins, It is nowhere taught that in Scripture that our future sins have been blotted in a single blow such that there is nothing to confess or repent for! 

Hebrews 4:15-16 says "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." 

We have a continuing assurance that because of our covenant walk with God, we shall obtain the cleansing of sin going into the future and as we are sanctified in Him.

However, there is a problem with the brand of theology that holds that our sins have been given a blanket coverage such that we no longer have any obligation to repent when we transgress against God. This does appear to be the inference drawn by the those who believe that it does not matter how we live now or in the future because every transgression, real or potential, has already been dealt with in one blow at Calvary. 

Yes, our future is potentially secured by Christ but we are yet to experience that future. Yes we are eternally His (John 1:12). However, we do not have a single scripture that authoritatively speaks of a blanket coverage of present or future sins. All believers are under obligation to repent for their and to seek forgiveness from God every moment we sin or are convicted by the Holy Spirit of any inequity in our walk of faith. 

The Bible actually teaches that we are perpetually sinful people owing to our sinful nature and our dwelling in the human flesh. Paul acknowledges that even with the best our best intentions, we can never perfectly please God because of the conflict in us that gravitates us towards disobedience (cf. Romans 7:12-25). Here is why: 1 John 1:8-10 says "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." 

Yes God does and will forgive us our sins but nowhere is it taught or implied in the Bible that we have received a blanket forgiveness of all aggregate sins since coming to Christ and into the future such that we are no longer obligated to repent and to seek God's forgiveness. The Priesthood of Jesus is daily available to us to deal with our sins. He stands out to us to cleanse and sanctify us from all unrighteousness when we come to Him in repentance. This is because we can never be perfect in the eyes of God, at least while under the sun. 

What is guaranteed for us is our spiritual heritage in Christ which is eternally secured.Ephesians 4:30 says "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." 

The Word of Faith teachers also claim that God has already released and deposited in us all the spiritual and material resources that we need for this life so that all we need to do is to "stop bothering God" but simply "unlock" our needs from the "power within". Nothing can be further from the truth! God has not abdicated His sovereignty over us. The Bible teaches that we are to daily seek His daily providence for our lives (Matthew 6:9-16) and that He is gracious to meet our need (Luke 11:13; 18:7-8). 

Our doctrines and practices must always be aligned with the truths of Scripture.

The Word of Faith theology is, to this extent, unbiblical

September 21 2017 2 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Aurel Gheorghe
On the cross, Christ paid for every sin the human race have, and will ever commit - starting with Adam’s first sin till the very last sin that will be committed on this planet (1 Peter 3:18). 

So, Christ died for all humanity, and all past, present and future sins are forgiven (Rom 5:8). But this means that Christ will forgive all my sins, even the ones I haven’t committed yet? Not at all! I couldn’t find one single Bible text saying that. 

In Matt 12:31 Jesus tells that God can, and will forgive all sins with the exception of "blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.” However, there are two conditions for forgiveness: repentance and confession (2 Chronicles 7:14; Ps 32:5; 38:18; Isaiah 55:6-7; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 8:22). 

The Bible talks about two types of sin - known sins, and sins of ignorance. Known sins are committed when we are aware of what we do is wrong, but we do it anyway. God in his mercy however, sends His Spirit who convicts us to repent of these sins. When we are unaware that we are sinning, we commit sins of ignorance (Acts 17:30).

When we are convicted by the Spirit of sin, but refuse to repent and confess, we remain responsible for those sins (Proverbs 28:13). Christ’s death cannot atone for sins we disregard and continue stubbornly to walk in disobedience (John 9:41; Gal 2:17; Heb 10:26-27).

In 1 John 1:9 we read that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Obviously, we cannot repent and confess sins we haven’t committed yet and thus we cannot be forgiven and cleansed from future unrighteousness. 

In a more practical term, imagine someone confessing hurtful things committed against you, telling how sorry he is and asking you for forgiveness – and after you graciously forgave that person to be told that he is planning on committing the same offenses as soon as the opportunity presents itself. All of us would question the sincerity of such confession and be hesitant to grant carte blanche forgiveness. Why would God accept our insincere apologies? (2 Cor 13:5)

July 23 2017 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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