This forgiveness business

Quiz: What were the last three words Jesus uttered from the cross “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” 

“It is finished.” What was finished? The work God sent Jesus to do on earth.

One of the major things Jesus finished on the cross was to pay the price for mankind’s sin–all of it for everyone once and for all–the operative phrase here is “ONCE AND FOR ALL!

Some folks who call themselves “Christians” have problems with that forgiveness business believing Jesus’ forgiveness was really “once” and they’re really part of “ALL”

Some sin or sins from their past strap them in bondage to regret or shame or guilt. And they lug that baggage around with them all the time. At times the guilt or regret or shame rears its head and manifests itself in negative thinking or destructive behavior. They convince themselves its just part of who they are.

It is not now nor has it ever been part of who you are even if you’re not a child of God.

How do we know? The Bible tells us so.

When Christ died, he died for sin (every sin for all of mankind ) once and for all. Romans 6:10

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. 1 Peter 3:18

He is the propitiation (gaining the favor of God) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2

Scripture tells us you could never have committed a sin or sins so terrible and disgusting that Jesus did not die for (and forgive) on the cross. It’s forgiven. Done. For good. You can stop asking or wondering if you’re forgiven. You are.

What is real forgiveness

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