Forgive the Unrepentant

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Ephesians 4:24, Page 1831
“and put on the new self, which has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

       Jesus commands every believer to stand before Him clothed with “the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Ephesians 4:24, page 1831). In His eyes, every believer wears those clothes daily. He commands us to excel still more. In Christ, we have been sanctified once and for all, which means we have been made holy, called saints, and set apart for God’s own use (Hebrews 10:10, page 1880). Therefore, we may happily conclude that every believer has been forgiven by God for all sins. From the standpoint of salvation, all of the believer’s sins remain forever under the atoning blood of Christ. 1As we saw in verses from Hebrews 10, all of our sin was laid upon Christ when He died. In fact, the entire sins of the entire world from creation forward were placed upon Jesus at the cross. He truly died for the sins of the entire world (1 John 2:1-2). Christ has forever taken away the anger of God over sins, by offering Himself as the propitiation for our sins. God has forgiven every sinner who turns to Jesus by faith alone, believing that Christ died for my sins, once and for all. Now let us consider a few verses that speak to the question of sinful behavior after salvation.

 

1 John 1:1-10, Page 1904
“8. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10. If we say that we have no sin, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”

      Every believer should recall that they sin. Indeed, sin may deceive believers: “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8, page 1904). 2Compare 1 John 1:10, page 1904, that shows we have sinned in the past also This verse emphasizes that sin exists in the life of every believer, even those who walk in the light mentioned in 1 John 1:5-7, page 1904.

 

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1. As we saw in verses from Hebrews 10, all of our sin was laid upon Christ when He died. In fact, the entire sins of the entire world from creation forward were placed upon Jesus at the cross. He truly died for the sins of the entire world (1 John 2:1-2). Christ has forever taken away the anger of God over sins, by offering Himself as the propitiation for our sins.
2. Compare 1 John 1:10, page 1904, that shows we have sinned in the past also