By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics: ,


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.


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. Dewey Johnston says:

    too many people take the first remarks and forget the power of the Holy Spirit to help them and live a life of sin expecting to go to heaven when for the past 70 years they’ve never responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit . Being dunked in a tank at 12 yrs old just won’t cut it. Jesus said, take up your cross and follow me.

  2. Christopher Perkins says:

    Asking for prayer for forgiveness for my sins of lusting.

  3. robert says:

    Hebrews 10:26 says that if we sin deliberately after knowing the truth of Christ that there is no sacrifice for those sins. I am an addict and it bothers me greatly to know that Christ covered my sins up until I knew the truth of His salvation. However, if I am reading this verse right, all my sins committed after knowing the truth are not forgiven. I thought Jesus died for ALL my sins past, present and future. This verse in Hebrews seems to be in conflict and is telling me that all sin is not covered with Christs’ sacrifice.

    1. Tiffany Jothen says:

      Robert, Hebrews 10:26 is speaking about people who are unrepentant of their sins, who keep on sinning with no remorse or effort to change. It’s talking about people who deliberately reject God’s gift of salvation. Only by accepting Christ’s sacrifice for us and trying to turn from our sin can we be saved. Because we are imperfect, we will continue to sin, but we should try our best not to and ask forgiveness when we do.

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    2. indianduude says:

      Unfortunately that does not tie in with the liturgical practices nor the doctrine taught by the early Church and the early fathers of the church (be it Catholic or Orthodox). Jesus died for our sins and tells us in John 6, Luke 22 that we have to eat of the flesh and drink of the body of Christ and to continue doing so. Similarly in 1 Corinthians 11, St. Paul talks about eating the bread and drinking of the cup.
      Hence the entire liturgy built around the Eucharist (which in many cases dates back to 2nd and 3rd century AD) where the priest prays for the bread and wine to transform into the Body and Blood of Christ which He sheds for the redemption of sins, for those who consume both.

  4. Rachel Edson says:

    Thank you for this. I worry constantly that I’ve sinned too much in my life. I was not taught the Gospel properly and lived a worldly life, thinking I was a Christian. I’ve since repented, but it took me 50 years to really understand repentance. Any advice you can send me to calm me down would be great. I have a LOT of spiritual warfare, demonic attacks. So I am scared that I am being punished by God. Please send me an email if you have anything to advise me on. I sure could use some help. I’m very scared. Thank you very much.
    Rachel, TX

    1. Melissa says:

      Doubts about the nature of WHO God is exist at the core of every fear.BUT If we search the scriptures we find timeless truths that are meant to point us to Him each time we find ourselves conflicted..The conflicts we encounter are the inaccuracies we have come to know as truths, not bible truths when we line them up with scripture. Those who have laid hold of hope in Him, are His, even IF we battle fears, even IF we are desperate, even IF we feel unworthy, even IF our mind races such with inconsolable fears for the moment. His truth is this that if He died for every sin “ONCE- FOR ALL” we can be certain in this: He is our consolation even in those desperate moments, it does not change WHO He is or how much He loves you.

  5. Sam (pen name) says:

    That helps a lot. I have a friend who thinks that she has to constantly go to God to ask forgiveness. I tried to tell her that Jesus’ sacrifice was for all time but I couldn’t remember the verse. Thank you.

  6. Wesley Weaver says:

    Amen & Amen

  7. Phelix Chea says:

    Truly I know I am foriven of all sins and I am set free forever. John 5:24 … “he that believes in the Lord is past from death
    Rom. 8:1 says there is no condemnation to those in Christ. John 3:16.

    1. Deborah says:

      Yes, we are forgiven of all sins we confess & ask forgiveness of. We should be constantly in repentance always keeping our record clean before God. Always examining ourselves being sure we are of the faith we believe we have. Do you know what it is to be “IN CHRIST” because many do not. Remember the Bible was written from a Middle Eastern prospective to the Israelites. We must become part of the Commonwealth of Israel by being grafted into the original Olive tree. This brings us into ‘covenant’ with God so we can “cross over” into the promise land.

  8. Dorothy Gray says:

    Is it bibically accurate to believe after receiving Christ we become the righteousnss of Christ (this is how he sees us) and not as sinnners though we sin ?

  9. edwin nhliziyo says:

    We sin all the time, so we have to ask for forgiveness to maintain our walk with with God. What he gave us was a mechanism through which we can confess our present sins without sacrificing a blood animal. Our sins past, present and future are forgiven in this sense only but we still have to acknowledge them everyday through prayer. Otherwise, your view if unchallenged contradicts all scripture that say we are sinners.