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By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Does God forgive the sins we will commit in the future, or just those from our past? I became a Christian two years ago, and I worry about this.


A:

One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that Christ died to take away all our sins–not just part of them, but all of them: past, present, and future.

This is why you shouldn’t fear that you will lose your salvation every time you commit a sin. If that were the case, you and I would lose our salvation every day–because we sin every day. Even if our actions are pure, our thoughts often are not. And even if our actions and thoughts are pure, we still sin because of the good things we should be doing but fail to do.

Never forget: Your salvation does not depend on you and how good you are.

It depends solely on Christ and what He has already done for you through His death on the cross. The Bible says that Christ “appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26).

Does that mean it doesn’t matter whether or not you sin? No, of course not. Sin is serious; it is an offense to God, and it breaks our fellowship with Him. Sin also compromises our witness for Christ. The Bible is clear: “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).

But you cannot live the Christian life in your own strength. You need God’s help–which is why He has given His Holy Spirit to you. When you sin, confess it immediately, and then seek the Holy Spirit’s help each day to live as you should.

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  1. David Krupinski says:

    The bible does not say past, present and future. He forgives the sins we have up to that point only. If it was future why would the scriptures say “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
    ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬ If they were already forgiven we do not need to do this.
    Also: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
    ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    If our sins were already forgiven why does this verse say this?

    1. the gospel of grace says:

      All our Sins are Future when Jesus died.

      please define past, present and future again. this time, in God’s concept of time.

      now tell me what does “at the end of the ages ” means

      “appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26).

    2. John Fazio says:

      You can only be forgiven of ALL unrighteousness once…

      1 John 1:9 was a salvation verse…at the beginning of chapter John says… this is what we saw and heard and I declare to you… (He’s telling them how to be saved and have fellowship with the Father)

      Using confession of sin to “keep yourself clean” is simply trying to save yourself and you cannot.
      1 John 2:12 says: I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.

      His “name sake” — Because his name means savior. “call him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.

  2. Forgiveness says:

    It’s so true thank you very much for that clarification may God continue to use you as his instrument be blessed

  3. ANNE PETERS says:

    How do I seek the holy spirit’s help, How do I stop sinning when I know better, when I do it it makes me hate myself, and I’m afraid because I want to please my heavenly father. I never had a dad so I want God to be my real father, I do not want to drive him away from me. I love him and want to go to heaven with him. please help

    1. BGEA says:

      Anne, would you like to talk to someone? We encourage you to visit our site, http://peacewithgod.net/, then click the chat button on the page to connect with someone from our team who will be happy to answer your questions and pray with you.

  4. barb says:

    My husband commited suicide. He was a Godly man. He had been depressed for a while. Can you help me with scripture to help me know if God forgives this.