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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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132 Comments

  1. Patrice Franklin says:

    I love the simple answer easily understood and practical. I love this or gives to all who honestly and openly know we all struggle with some type of sin in our lives.

  2. lunga says:

    I am sinning on a daily basis. I don’t know how to control my negative thoughts. I need prayers for this terrible sin to go away. I used to be very prayerful all the times but now I feel I am losing my salvation. please help with your prayers. I beg you in the name of JESUS CHRIST of NAZARETH.

  3. Dawn Kelley says:

    I know that God has forgiven us of all son. Bad habits are continuing, like thoughts and anger. We are told to transform and renew our minds. How would I stop these thought?

  4. Robert Blanding says:

    The Bible says if you sins willfully-you must repent to be restored in fellowship with God; however, we have an Advocate with The Father who will forgive us. Even in God given Grace we must continue to the end- and we will when we are steadfast And unmuvable in the faith.

  5. Joe DeGrange says:

    If all our sin in the future are forgiven then why would we be out of fellowship with God if we should sin in the future

    1. kevin says:

      Right, you can’t break fellowship with god, the blood of christ took care of that. We need to see ourselves as God sees us, righteous and cleansed. Amen

  6. Dean says:

    This is why I love God/jesus for we all struggle to be perfect but no one is sin free God has given Christ so that with faith alone John 3:16 we all will have the blessing of the Kingdom of Heaven that is how much God loves all

  7. Maria Rodriguez says:

    Is God still in our past or we have to remember him only in our present and future

  8. Martha M Mcgee says:

    You explained other good! Thank u

  9. ken says:

    Am blessed with your explanation. What’ll be of a born again child of God who still Involve in sinful habit ?

    1. Lynda Cope says:

      Troubling sin may not disappear overnight. I finally “outgrew” a sinful habit. Try your best and ask for forgiveness when you fail. JMO

  10. U Kyi Win says:

    Very clear. Thanks to you all.