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Colossians 1:14 says
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of
sins:

ARE WE FORGIVEN OF ONLY PAST SINS?

Mostly, when we talk about forgiveness, people tend to think we are only forgiven of our past sins, but that’s erroneous.

Let’s look at something here. Jesus died two thousand years ago. None of us here was born at that time. So that means that at the moment of Jesus’ death, our sins were in the future. So if God can only forgive past sins, then none of our sins are forgiven. This is because at the time of his death and resurrection, we weren’t born and so had no past sins.

Again, to say that God only forgives our past sins raises some questions. Who would forgive us of our present and future sins since Christ could only afford to forgive our past sins? Is God expecting us to earn the forgiveness of our present and future sins? If we could earn the forgiveness of our present and future sins then why did Jesus come to die?

If Jesus death and resurrection covered only our past sin, then it wasn’t needed seeing that we will still remain sin conscious and behave as though we are indebted to God, even after being saved.

The truth is that Jesus summed up every of our sins (past, present and future sins) and paid for them by his death on the cross. So that means every of our sins (past, present and future) are forgiven.

Colossians 2:13 (NLT) says:
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

God didn’t forgive some of your sins. He forgave all your sins. So your past sins no matter how horrible is forgiven. Your presents sins are forgiven and even those not yet committed are already forgiven. As far God is concerned, your sins are forgiven in Christ. His mind isn’t fixed on it.

Is he aware when you do something wrong? Yes but he doesn’t see you as a sinner. He looks at you in the Spirit and sees you as Christ. This is because by receiving Jesus, you came into union with Christ. Christ standing before the Lord is your state. That’s what God is mindful of. Sin is so unpleasant to him that it can’t be the thing occupying his mind. His mind is occupied by how he has made you righteous in Christ.

We already said that forgiveness means a letting go as though it never happened. So that means God has no sin of yours in mind. He doesn’t have it stored in his memory. This is because he’s mindful (mind-full) of how righteous and forgiven you are in him that there’s no space for your sins.

It also means that God will never recall your sins. He doesn’t have it stored anyway, so how would he recall it? It also means that he will never punish you for your sins since he’s not keeping them.

Hebrews 8:12 says
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Isaiah 43:25 also says
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins…

To be continued…

BY: SANDY AMPONSAH

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