Living in the Freedom of Forgiveness

By | April 11, 2016

forgivenWhat did it mean when Jesus uttered His last words from the cross, “It is finished!”? The resurrection had not happened as yet so our salvation was not complete. So what did Jesus say was finished? These three powerful words, it is finished, let us know that Jesus’ sacrifice for the sins of the world was complete.

Let me ask you a question, when Jesus died on the cross, how many of your sins were in the future? It’s not a trick question. Of course the answer is all of them. All of your sins were in the future when Jesus died on the cross.

Did Jesus die for all your sins – past, present, and future? Of course He did – “It is finished!”. There is great freedom in learning how to live out of His priceless forgiveness.

Acts 10:43 is clear: “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” When we receive Jesus, our sins are forgiven – past, present, and future.

Hebrews 10:17–18 says, ““And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.” God has already forgiven all of our sins – past, present, and future. When you receive Jesus, part of our inheritance is that we receive forgiveness of sins.

The New Testament is clear on the teaching that we are forgiven at salvation:

Ephesians 1:7 (NASB95) – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Colossians 1:13–14 (NASB95) – For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Ephesians 4:32 (NASB95) – Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

1 John 2:12 (NASB95) – I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake.

It’s hard to make a scriptural case that we are not totally forgiven as Christians. But why, so many times, do we live in condemnation and not in the freedom of our forgiveness?

Jesus spoke of a time to come after His death and resurrection that every believer would have the Holy Spirit living inside them. John 16:8 (NASB95) says, “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;…” It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict us of sin. I don’t know about you, but the Holy Spirit always shows me when I sin against God. I don’t have to wonder or guess, He makes it plain for me to know.

What do I do when the Holy Spirit convicts me of sin? I acknowledge to God that I have sinned and I repent. Repent means to turn from the sin and turn to God. I am thankful for my forgiveness (Jesus paid a high price for it so I don’t take it for granted) and I move on. I don’t stay focused on the sin. I repent and move on to walk in freedom in my relationship with God.

Romans 8:1 (NASB95) shares, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” There is no condemnation left for us as believers! Let’s live in the freedom of His forgiveness!

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Photo by Wil Kristin