This is the Gift of Grace
“I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name” (1 John 2:12).
As a child of God, you have forgiveness for all your sins, past, present and future. This is the gift of grace.
You may wonder how this forgiveness can apply to sins you have yet to commit. Consider this situation. Let’s say tomorrow at 10 a.m. you tell a lie. That is a sin, right? That sin deserves punishment.
Let me ask: Who took the punishment for that sin for you? When? Jesus, at the cross. Now you can understand that sin you will commit tomorrow was included in the gift of forgiveness you received when you believed in Jesus.
Here is good news: Jesus shed his blood for every sin you have or ever will commit. The Bible is very clear on this.
“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:24-28).
Are you willing to let truth begin to erase your fears and doubts and break the grip of sin on your life? Every day, remind yourself: There is nothing left to be done. The gift of forgiveness I received at salvation is complete.
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