Friday, May 20, 2011

Forgiven!

If you have been recently reading Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that a male friend's desire to find a Christian woman to have a relationship with, including sex without marriage, has spurred me on to write about this topic.

To date, we've discussed sin and how God cannot look upon it.  We've discussed blood; how the blood of Jesus covers our sin, when we are saved, so that God doesn't see it.  Other topics discussed have been obedience, being a lost sheep and in yesterday's entry, repentance.

This brings up another issue.  Being forgiven.

When we discussed repentance, it was clear that in order to be forgiven, repentance is involved.  Yes, when Jesus died for us, for the sin of all who will believe on Him, He did so for our past, present and future sin.  But, this has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

When we say our past, present and future sin, it is referring to the fact that we can never lose our salvation.  That God accepts us into His family of believers and we can never be removed.  This was previously discussed.  If you want to think of it in these terms, it is sort of the MACRO picture for us.

However, when we speak about repentance and forgiveness in the terms we will be discussing here today, it refers to a more of a MICRO picture for us.  I am referring to our repentance that we should do on a regular basis, to keep us a clean vessel.

You see, even though we may be saved and be guaranteed our place in heaven for eternity, by trusting in Jesus Christ for our salvation, we can still be what some people refer to as 'out of fellowship'.  This basically means that while we are still saved, we do not have favour with God, for we have some sin in our life.

How can a believer have sin in their life?  It's simple.  Each of us falls into sin, almost daily, whether we are saved, or not.

We try to not sin, once we are looking to our Lord, for everything in our life, but there are times when we sin, even if we don't want to, or mean to.

Think about this.  You are a believer in Jesus Christ, saved by grace (alone), through faith (alone), in Christ (alone).  You have been granted salvation through the shed blood of Christ.  Once in the palm of God's hand you can never be removed. 

Does this mean you are now perfect?  No.  We will never be made perfect, until we are in heaven.  While still on earth, when we become saved, we obtain a 'new' nature; but, we still have our 'old' nature.  We can still fall into sin, from time to time, because we are not perfect, just forgiven.

We may be made righteous through Jesus Christ, but we still fail, for we are not God; we are only human.

So, when we fall into sin, does this mean we lose our salvation?  Absolutely not.  As you read in a previous entry, once we are saved, we can never be removed from the palm of God's hand.

However, if we were to go to heaven while out of fellowship, with unrepented sin in our life, we may lose the rewards that God has been so eager to give us. 

Who would want that?  Would any true believer want to be in this condition?  No.  Still, we fall into sin.  So, what can we do about it? 

Well, once again, God made provision for us.  He provided what some people call 'The Christian Bar of Soap', so we can be cleaned up and made sparkling clean, once again.

1 John 1:9 is the soap we use, for God tells us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

How great is that!  Wow!  God even provided for us, to have a bath, to get cleaned up for Him!  I bathe regularly.  Do you?  When was the last time, you took a bath and got cleaned up for God?


Until next time...

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