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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. Cynthia Whitley says:

    I only want to know, is God with us if we choose not to forgive? would love to know the answer.

    1. BGEA says:

      Cynthia,

      Have you ever asked yourself what it’s costing you to keep carrying the burden of an unforgiving spirit? Think of the bitterness, anger, jealousy and hatred that are eating away at your soul because of your inability to forgive.

      One reason God wants us to forgive others is because of what an unforgiving spirit does to us (and to those around us). It hurts us emotionally and spiritually, and keeps us from becoming the people God wants us to be. It also cuts us off from God, and keeps us from experiencing His peace and joy in our lives. The Bible’s command is clear: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger … forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32). Choosing not to forgive is ignoring God’s command to do so.

      How is it possible to forgive someone who has hurt you (and might not even want your forgiveness)? The first step is to turn to God for the forgiveness we need for our sins. We have offended God far more than anyone has ever offended us—and yet He still loves us and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. Turn to Christ in repentance and faith, and ask Him to come into your life and forgive you today.

      Then ask Him to take away your bitterness and help you forgive others the same way He has forgiven you—freely and fully. It won’t necessarily be easy, but with God’s help, it’s possible.

      Here are 2 more things Jesus said on the importance of forgiveness:

      Mark 11:25: “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

      Matthew 6:15: “But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

  2. Bernadine McCloud says:

    Since CHRIST has already for given for past, present, future sins, why do we still ask forgiveness for our sins? shouldn’t we live in the newness of our inner man who is free from sin, we follow JESUS ways or is this wrong?

    1. BGEA says:

      Jesus does forgive our sins when we ask for forgiveness—yes. And you’re right, we do find joy and freedom in knowing those sins have been forgiven.

      But as imperfect people, we will never be sinless, and we shouldn’t go on sinning without fear of punishment. Christ is holy, and our sin is a direct rebellion against His holiness. We should take it seriously and actively try to turn from our sins and live like Christ. If we keep sinning and have no remorse over it or don’t try to do better, then do we really have a relationship with Him? Asking for forgiveness is not just a free ticket into heaven; it is admitting that we are wrong and realizing that it is only by God’s grace that we can be forgiven. A Christian should WANT to stop sinning. … We must also be careful not to misjudge God. Just because we ask forgiveness and are saved does not mean we won’t be punished for our sins. The Bible is full of stories about people who believed in God and looked forward to eternal life in heaven, but who still faced punishment for their sins. It is God’s way of correcting us and trying to get us to turn back to Him.

  3. Susan says:

    Thank you l. God Bless

  4. james belgira says:

    Praise God for the answer.. May I ask about your thoughts on hypergrace church/adherents’ belief that born again christian need not confess. And how they want the christian daily walk as care free and worry free.

  5. Eddy Arnold says:

    Thanks.. God’s Blessings

  6. Ken says:

    “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 does not mean we are free to sin without worries. It simply means we can and will be forgiven our sins even future sin when we seek God with a sincere heart and ask for His forgiveness.He will forgive us When God forgives us he remembers our sins no more. This means the past is wiped clean and will not be held against us, ever! Christ paid for our sins and yes we can claim that gift IF we do so with a sincere heart! You must confess your sins and seek forgiveness with a sincere heart period! Remember that God so loved the world… and that Jesus is the way and the life, Amen!

  7. Frankie Patlan says:

    Thank you this gave me a lot of closure

  8. earl wright says:

    Today’s Gospel is watered down; if man could not live sin-free after excepting Jesus as their Savior and have been baptized,and filled with the Holy Spirit then Jesus died for nothing. His death freed us from sin Rom;6;11 Gal;2;20 read I-Jh3;6,9. Also when you were baptized your sin nature or Adam nature died,1-Cor;15;22. Millions of Christians all over the world see sin thru the eyes of Christ,a dog returning to his vomit or a stink smell in our nose;sin is of the devil. You can’t serve two masters,however if you do sin and repent, and stop God will forgive. But when Jesus comes and catches you in sin that is how he will judge you. Jesus lived as a man, that’s why God choose him to judge us. We will never be able to fool Him. John;14;6; read it.

    1. Ken says:

      The Gospels are clear. The two greatest commandments Luke 10:14-37 Love God with all your heart and each other as ourselves. “Do this and you shall Live” (be saved).Future sins here means we can seek forgiveness with a prayer not a sacrifice. Jesus IS the Lamb of God and the Last Sacrifice. His Blood washes us clean forever and ever when we seek it! But we must seek it with a pure and honest heart.

  9. James Pam says:

    Your answer above helped to some extent but still left some issues unclear. 1 John 1:9 instructs that Christians should confess any sins they commit to God and He will forive them and remove the unrighteousness that resulted. Doesn’t this mean that a present or future sin needs forgiveness? If my becoming a Christian sometime in the past took care of all future sins, why is this verse in the scriptures? Thank you.

  10. Sagar says:

    Dear Brother, my pastor told us, our all past sins are forgiven till the day of our baptism. After baptism and believe in Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we are not supposed to do sins. And we will get penalty in this world like King David. His 4 sons died for King David’s sins as he said, 4 sheeps for 1 sheep. If we know that our future sins also forgiven, then, it will be motivated us to do sins freely. Isn’t it? Plz clarify my doubts

    1. BGEA says:

      Sagar, this article on sin might help answer your question: http://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/gods-forgiveness/