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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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37 Comments

  1. Ana Gutierrez says:

    Has Jesus forgived my sins from the past then? Even if I haven’t confessed? Cause I’m worrying about this.. im just not comfortable confessing this to some other person but God. Because I trust him…

    1. Joseph Rock says:

      When you truly believe in Jesus Christ to save you and you want to live for him, all of your sins from the past beforehand are forgiven on the spot. If you did not truly believe in your heart and only of your mind, then you would not be saved. God knows our hearts better than we know ourselves so your past sins are forgiven. We should still confess when we sin everyday because we are still sinners until we go to heaven. Doing so will help us in our relationship with God.

  2. Bob Lawrence says:

    What about the sin of rejection and then when one is saved why are we still asked to get forgiveness for sins we commit after being saved? What about Romans3:25?

    1. Jay says:

      The reason we ask for forgiveness after being saved is to restore fellowship, not our eternal destiny. Jesus Christ died once and for all to cancel all our debt (the liability of sin) whereupon a born again believer is no longer under condemnation. But that does not stop a believer from being under conviction.

  3. Ken Henson says:

    To James Eakins: James please take comfort in knowing that God loves us more than we could ever imagine. He loved us before we were saved just as He loves us now that we are saved. God loves you brother. I like Joshua 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your GOD will be with you wherever you go.” God Bless you James..

  4. James Eakins says:

    I was saved about 4 years ago and baptized just under a year ago, I have recently caught myself backsliding, I have asked for for forgiveness of my sins but I fill so bad inside, and the fear of not being excepted into heaven is playing havoc on my daily life, I am so scared of hell,I don’t know what to do or think!

    1. darren says:

      Happy to help you with your walk with Christ. God loves you and He would never let you go.

  5. danny allison says:

    Thank you!

  6. Erick Njera says:

    It’s answered me quite well. THANKS TO JESUS.

  7. Karen Hance says:

    I have been a born again Christian for 42 years and also believe that we must repent and turn from sin. Some TV preachers are teaching that you don’t have to repent because Jesus died for all our sins and when He said it is finished, that meant ALL sins. I believe all my sins are forgiven when I repent of them. Thank you for your comments on this subject. I’ll keep believing and if I sin I will be quick to repent. God bless you for all you have done for the Kingdom of God!

  8. Oluwaronke Oluokun says:

    Thank you for this post, it has answered my question! I thank the Lord for Billy Graham’s ministry!