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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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  1. Mary says:

    Great comments.

  2. 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. Jon says:

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

    3. 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.

  3. 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. Halaman says:

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

    2. 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?