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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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186 Comments

  1. Joseph says:

    I’ve learned a lot from the contributions. I’m not quite vast with Scripture, but I pray for grace.

  2. Delilah Hill says:

    Thank you.

  3. Renua says:

    I am blessed by your response.

  4. Joel Donnell says:

    From lack of self-confidence in myself instilled in me by my Earthly father–he was also very controlling–I ask every day in the Lord that He would help me not to control my life but surrender to Him. The Bible taught me to read at 40. I am 60 now. Philippians 4:13

  5. dave says:

    Scott
    I will share my understanding and perspective in regard to your question. I do not claim to be right though.

    There is a good fear and a bad fear. We are to have “the fear of God” in us as in Ecclesiastes 12:13, but the fear you describe leads to destruction, as in Revelation 21:8. Strong’s transliteration: deilos 1169 /deilós (“fearful of losses”) refers to an excessive fear (dread) of “losing,” causing someone to be fainthearted (cowardly) – hence, to fall short in following Christ as Lord.

    The solution is to pray. Ask for his help, for wisdom, for discernment, for understanding. You need a relationship with Jesus. So do I for that matter. Hope this helps…Peace be with you.

  6. Mary says:

    Great comments.

  7. Adele Karl says:

    I believe that Jesus died for all of my sins past present and future. But I also believe that every time we sin we should confess and repent, turn away but that we shouldn’t have to ask for forgiveness because we have already been forgiven but that we acknowledge to God that we have sinned.

  8. Scott W. Mazzarini says:

    I was saved twenty years ago and yet I still wrestle with this same problem. I put my whole life on hold from time to time because I’m afraid of sinning and losing my salvation and/or any reward God has for me. I’m also afraid that my actions, thoughts, and intentions will influence people to have the wrong opinion of Christ and will lead them to destruction. Yet I also feel like the lazy servant with the one buried talent who does nothing and gets cast out because I’m so filled with fear of what God will do to me if I say or write something wrong or do something wrong and He will get mad at me and cast me out too. What can I do to resolve this problem so I can move on with my life?

    1. David says:

      Hey man. I wondered for years also if I could lose my salvation. Actually I thought I had probably lost it. It took a long time to realize that sound doctrine teaches that it cannot be lost. There’s a book called “Salvation is Forever” by Robert Gramacky. I recommend it. One thing he points out there is that if we are forgiven for all of our sins, future included, which is part of our sins, then to lose our salvation God would have to UNforgive us all of those sins that He had already forgiven. He would also have to take back His Holy Spirit, UNadopt us, and undo everything else that He did upon our salvation. Doesn’t make sense.

    2. JJ says:

      Is there shame or guilt from something in your past that you are not letting go of and receiving His grace, mercy and forgiveness for? If you’ve repented, His Blood wipes it clean. God has been walking me through this very thing and out of a legalistic mindset. Galatians 5 is a great place to read and meditate on these scriptures. Legalism gets our eyes on ourselves…what have I done wrong? What do I need to fix? What can I do to fix me? The answer is nothing but repent and have faith that what Jesus did on the cross was all that was needed for your sin debt to be paid. His grace is sufficient. His blood is sufficient. Rest in Him and trust Him to fix your heart and renew your mind.

    3. Jon says:

      Trust in Christ. “For He who started a good work in you is faithful to bring it into completion.”

    4. Daniel Reynolds says:

      Scott, you aren’t strange or weird for feeling like this. But, my answer to you is to pray. And read the bible.
      When you were saved, it was all forgiven – you cannot ever lose your salvation. Romans 8, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” What I mean to say, is Jesus’s saving work is finished. All we have to do is accept it. The hard part is getting over it ourselves.
      I think this is complicated by what we know to be true once we know the Holiness of God. “The Law reveals sin.” Romans Chapter 3. But Jesus said He came to fulfill the Law. Matthew Chapter 5. Hebrews chapter 10.
      I encourage you also to find a local church that preaches the truth in Jesus Christ.

    5. Renato Barraza says:

      Hey Scott!

      Something that really helps me when wrestling around with thoughts like this is remembering God’s character.
      “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32
      God wants to give us mercy despite us falling short. That way our salvation isn’t dependent on our performance. We also can’t live up to the standards of His holiness, that’s why we have to depend on Jesus Christ and His perfection for salvation, which he gives us the reward of freely. This is where the Holy Spirit comes and we can continue on a daily basis to ask Him to conform us to be more like Jesus.

  9. mubanga sakala says:

    If then all our sins past, present and future are already forgiven, why do we confess our sins all time in prayer?

    1. David says:

      Good question. There is our standing with God, which is perfectly clean and wholely reconciled to him, and then there is our experiential relationship with him. Our standing as being clean in his sight and connected to him will never change due to our sins. But our intimacy with him will. Like a marriage covenant. Sins against each other won’t change the fact that a couple is married, but it will affect the closeness of their relationship. Confessing our sins to each other and to God helps our experiential relationship.

    2. Halaman says:

      You should change the way you pray now. Change your confessions to thanksgiving like “Father, thank you for your forgiveness.” Simple.

    3. Aaron says:

      Can any of you point me to a verse that says that we are forgiven for our sins if we remain in them?

    4. Gilbert says:

      “GOD is not mocked, we reap what we sow” Galatians 6:7. And so the sins we are committing we eventually will have to give an account of them. It’s called judgment. But what happens when GOD’S judgments are on the earth? Here it is, brother…Isaiah 26:9: “For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” Sinners will learn righteousness. Is that not what sinners are doing today? Do we not learn from our sins? I certainly get disgusted by the sins I still commit, but that proves that sin no longer has dominion over me. Romans 6:14: For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. I sin but I no longer enjoy sinning. Hope this helps, brother. GOD bless.