You Are Forgiven



aka Eschatologuy

If you are in Christ, then your sins are forgiven. Yes, Christ paid the price for all sins on the Cross, but it is only those who are in Christ — those who have faith — who benefit from this forgiveness. And this forgiveness is total, God promises not only to forgive, but says that He will forget our sins — a total erasure.

‘As far as the east is from the west,
    so far does He remove our transgressions from us.’

As Christians, we are called to turn and show the same forgiveness and mercy to our brothers and sisters that God has shown to us in Christ. Forgiveness is part of the Christian life with regard to the Christian’s relationship to God and also with regard to the Christian’s relationships with others. The Law accuses us — it reveals our sins —, but we are not called to despair, but to repent and rejoice. God has already forgiven all of your sins; in the words of Christ:

“It is finished.”

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7 Replies to “You Are Forgiven”

  1. When our church leaders sin but never repent and seek forgiveness publicly, nor even go so far as to admit poor judgement and apologize, how do we respond? For example, my church closed for months during fauxvid and also segregated the congregation after reopening based on masking requirements. Dissenters were gas-lighted, called trouble-makers, and threatened with discipline. I think 98% of all churches did some version of this. There has been essentially no repentance.


    1. We seek to remove them, both for their own good and for the good of the sheep.


  2. As far as dating/looking for a wife and it not being your place to forgive them for sins they made in the past that had nothing to do with you.  Whenever there is talk about forgiveness I think it’s important to talk about other angles.  For example, if you are seeing a woman and you find out that she was a massive slut in the past or maybe she was a junkie, maybe you find out she agreed to marry someone else and then stabbed them in the back, whatever, you are completely within your rights to say “you know what, I’m not interested in continuing this courting process.” There is nothing wrong with that and you should feel no shame for walking away. Let’s say you’re on date three and she finally admits to having a son and shows you the photo of her and a little black child, you aren’t a better person for sticking it out with her.  You can walk and have zero shame or guilt. You don’t need to “judge them” or hate them or anything, and you don’t need to give them your hand in marriage.  You owe them nothing.  
    Yeah, you probably won’t find a pristine wholesome womanly virgin especially in todays world, but that doesn’t mean you need to take a recovering drug addict as your wife. Don’t be a doormat. You aren’t their savior and it’s not on you to make their life for them.  

    From a pragmatic perspective, past behavior is the best predictor on future behavior and if you invite a slutty drug addict into your family you are putting everyone at risk, not just yourself.  I’ve heard a similar argument with Whites mixing with blacks or latinos.  That even if you find a good one the chances that they have bad siblings or cousins is way higher so you are placing yourself and your future children via proximity by joining your lives.  
    So, yeah, if you loan your saw to your neighbor and he breaks it and doesn’t fix it or get you a new one, you can forgive him/not seek repayment nor wish ill upon him for essentially stealing from you.  That doesn’t mean you should keep loaning him your new saw.  If you were to keep loaning him your new saws and never getting them back eventually you run out of money for new saws and that puts your family at risk and it is your charge to care for your family first.  


  3. This was a very helpful and devotional episode, thanks guys.


  4. What do you make of Psalm 109 in which David wishes evil to befall those who oppose him, and for their sins to remain ever before the Lord. Is he just to say these things?


    1. To pray imprecations against the wicked is godly. Part of this is the difference between personal enemies and public enemies. Whereas David is, at times, less than just in his actions and his desires (e.g., David’s request that Solomon avenge David with regard to Shimei), we must hold that his words here in the Psalms, which are inspired by the Spirit, are just and right.


    2. I came to a new understanding of the psalms of imprecation last year when a Muslim immam and several of his congregation came to faith in Jesus Christ in Cameroon. They were severely persecuted by family, village and Muslim leaders. Praying these psalms over them fit the situation perfectly.