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. Kathleen Ballard says:

    I am so glad to read this commentary that sin is taken away for past, present and future. So many believe that you are burdened with sin each and every day, although I can live freely in Christ because he has forgiven me of my iniquities.

    I can trust Billy Graham to quote the true meaning of scripture as I follow the word of God.
    Thank you!

  2. Kemba McAfee says:

    Lately I’ve been feeling so distant from God because of my sin. I don’t pray as much or attend church like I was. I just feel lost. It’s saddens me deeply feeling as though my relationship with God is know longer there. How do I get back on the right path? I don’t know if he’s convicting me for my sin or if it’s just me feeling guilty.

    1. BGEA says:

      You can get back on the right path right now, Kemba. Please visit to talk and pray with a member of our team online.

    2. Kathleen Ballard says:

      You are convicting yourself, there is freedom in Christ. Pray the simple prayer that your burdens are too heavy to carry alone and ask God to take over and free you from your guilt and lead you to the joy that he has promised. Then go forward knowing you have the Holy Spirit to free you from a miserable life. God will answer and you will know him.

  3. Ron Cooper says:

    Love GOD for His grace. Our sin is forgiven in JESUS blood.

  4. Ewil99 says:

    He died for ALL sins, but stressed righteousness after redemption. Righteousness is mentioned 619 times in the Bible.
    Hebrews 10:26, “For if we go on sinning deliberately AFTER receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”
    Ezekiel 33:18 says, “If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, they will die for it.”
    Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you….”

  5. Baru Kena says:

    Really I’m satisfied with your lesson ‘Forgiveness.’ Almighty God Bless you! Continue…

  6. Lubega Vincent says:

    When We say that, Christ died for our future sins, will it not lead us into contunueing sinning? saying that we will repent!

  7. Larry Gordon says:

    So because of Jesus death and his forgiveness of my sins past, present and future, I am living in perfectness because of his blood? Is that correct?

    1. Gina V says:

      We are being perfected day by day as we walk with Jesus and He transforms us. This sanctification is an ongoing process. God is growing us; maturing us. But while we’re still in our human bodies we are in process and therefore imperfect.

  8. kenneth bourdillon says:

    it has made me know where I stand in Christ and the gravity of his redemptive power which he has used to bring about our redemption through the spotless lamb of God that has usher us into the presence of the great God.

  9. Cheryl phelps says:

    Thank you. I am interested in your teachings very much.

  10. Charles Latham says:

    Where in the Bible, does it say that God will forgive future sins? I am aware of once saved always saved. I also realize that when saved we are put into a position to be forgiven.

    1. Adrian b says:

      Being saved IS to be forgiven. Our faith in Christ is counted as righteousness. (Romans 4:5) But this does not mean we can live however we want. Romans 6:1-2

    2. Erik miller says:

      Thank you. I was saved 10.25.89. And continued sinning. No excuse except that I did not listen to the Holy Spirit.