Three Grace truths-Truth No.1
Updated: Sep 11, 2019
1. The first truth is - you have been TOTALLY forgiven!
You haven't been partially forgiven, you have been totally and completely and utterly and fully and absolutely forgiven of all your sins - past, present and future! Most Christians do not have trouble believing Jesus has forgiven them of their past sins. But many Christians have trouble that Jesus has already forgiven them of all of their future sins. They struggle with that so they feel if they sin then they have to confess the sin and repent of the sin and be cleansed of the sin and enter into all of these dead works and faithless works because they do not have a revelation of total forgiveness.
God doesn't forgive us our sins - God forgave us our sins! (COLOSSIANS 2:13 WHEN YOU WERE DEAD IN YOUR SINS AND IN THE UNCIRCUMCISION OF YOUR FLESH, GOD MADE YOU ALIVE WITH CHRIST. HE FORGAVE US ALL OUR SINS,) - our forgiveness is past tense. It is not present continuous or future tense. Our forgiveness is past tense - because it happened about 2000 years ago and when we came into Christ, we came INTO TOTAL AND COMPLETE FORGIVENESS OF ALL THE SIN(S) WE HAVE EVER COMMITTED AND ALL THE SINS WE WILL EVER COMMIT IN THE FUTURE!
"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive in Christ. He forgave us ALL our sins”. Before I had done one thing - while I was still dead - He forgave me all my sins. Jesus - the Cross - dealt with every single one of your sins. At the Cross God looked forward and backward and every single sin that was committed and will ever be committed and Jesus dealt with it right there.
The Bible says that He forgave us ALL our sins - past, present and future sins!
Hebrews 10:11-14 says, "11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy".
Did you notice one of the most powerful verses in the whole entire Bible? Did you see it? (verse 12); "But when this Priest had offered for all time". For all time. Past, present and future. "One sacrifice". Not continual sacrifice but one perfect sacrifice for sins for all sins for all time. Past, present and future. I want to declare to you today - all of your future sins are already forgiven!
Many Christians when they sin feel unrighteous, dirty, unholy - they feel they have let God down and that God is no longer pleased with them. They feel they need to do "something". So guilt drives them to want to do something to get rid of the sin, or get rid of the guilt of their sin. That guilt wants to lead them to get rid. So they say; "God I have got to confess my sins and I have got to repent of these terrible sins and get cleansed of these sins - I have got to promise I will never do this sin again".
I want to tell you know that there is no Scripture in the New Covenant for New Covenant believers that tells you, you have got to continually confess your sins and repent of your sins and ask forgiveness for all your sins - why? Because ONE sacrifice for ALL time for ALL of your sins has already dealt with EVERY single one of your sins!
We are not called to confess our sins - we are called to confess Jesus Christ and His perfect righteousness he has given us as a free gift! Get your eyes off your sins and get your eyes onto Christ! The more you do that, the more you will overcome sin in your life. We are not called to ask for forgiveness even after we have sinned. This is challenging some of you right now! You may say; "No - no - I have been taught in church all of my life that after you sin, you confess your sin and ask forgiveness as a Christian".
Yes - you may have been taught that - but did you go and study it in the Word? Did you find in the Word of God where it says you have to go and do that? You shouldn't always believe everything we preachers tell you! You have got to find out for yourself and base your life on the truth and on the Word of God and not just on what someone else says.
You may have sinned and feel a bit guilty and want to say sorry to God and to ask for forgiveness now. The heart is not wrong. That is not bad! The heart is right but the full revelation of the finished work of the Cross is not in the heart. It is okay to say; "God I'm sorry - I did not want to do that. That's not part of my new creation nature - you know what God though?
I am not going to get all morbid and introspective and sorrowful and guilty! You don't want that - You want me to lift up my head, remain in the Spirit and stay in the Spirit and say "thank You for the free gift of righteousness and total forgiveness and I fix my eyes on Jesus who has forgiven me of all my sins". I thank You that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus".
God doesn't want guilt-ridden and introspective focusing on our sins - He wants us in Him. So we feel like asking for forgiveness. For many years in my Christian life if I sinned I would always feel like I wanted to ask God forgiveness. In fact I did always asked God. "God please forgive me - please cleanse me" until I came into the revelation of TOTAL forgiveness!
When I came into the revelation of total forgiveness - you know what started to happen? If I sinned and did something silly and started to feel guilty and go to God and say; "God I am so sorry would You forgive me" - I would always hear the voice of the Father speaking straight after I said that and He would say; "Stephen - I already have. I did it about 2000 years ago at the Cross. And you know those future sins you are probably going to commit? I have already forgiven those too!”
But then Christians who are not secure in grace will say; "Oh come now Stephen be careful - if you preach this stuff, then Christians are going to hear this and go out and sin and go crazy and sin! Because that's what Christians really want to go and do! Christians just want to sin and sin!". I don't know about you - but I'm born again! I don't want to run out and sin! My new nature that is the God-nature wants to live for God! Wants to serve God! It is not even a sacrifice - the desire and passion of my spirit is to live 100% for God!
For a New Covenant born again believer, to now go and confess sins in order to be forgiven- is a sin. It is the sin of unbelief. He/she doesn't believe in Jesus and His perfect work of redemption. He/she is trying to do something and doesn't realize it is already done! All our sins (PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE) have been dealt with by the cross! There is no sin or sins that escaped the cross right from the fall of Adam up to the end of eternity (future). Even after you sin due to your unrenewed mind- you don't start asking God to forgive you, or try to confess sins or repent of that sin. This makes you sin-conscious and weak and leads you to commit more sins!
In case we sin in our flesh, instead we should keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and keep our faith in Him because we live in Him! We keep walking in the Spirit Covenant /Grace Covenant and confessing who we are in Him! What we confess is what we become-this is a key! We keep declaring our absolute forgiveness and say words like "Father thank you that even that sin I committed has been dealt with and I am still perfectly righteous! Thank you for forgiving me of all my sins. Thank you that you have chosen not to remember my sin/sins -Heb 10:17 ". The more we confess like this, the more we agree with His word about us! And the more we agree with His word about us, the more our minds gets renewed leading to transformation of the whole man.
As we agree with His word about us, His grace is released from within us that empowers us to say NO to sins in our flesh. This is the good news! The Holy Spirit lives inside of us permanently. We are temples of the Holy Spirit and when we got born again, He came to live inside of us in union with our spirit-Spirit to spirit. We are one with Christ in the Spirit. Jesus said I will never leave you - I will not leave you as orphans. I will send you My Spirit and He did on the day of Pentecost. His Spirit dwells in us forever!
That is proof that even after you sin - if your sin made you unholy and unrighteous then the Holy Spirit would have to leave. If you sinned and all of a sudden you became unrighteous and were not righteous until you confessed that sin and repented and got forgiven and cleansed, then the Holy Spirit would have to leave until you got cleansed again! No! He never leaves! He is ever present!
Because you are ever righteous, ever holy, forever and eternally forgiven! That is the gospel of Grace, the message of Christ! It is good news! It is always good news! If someone comes and turns the good news into bad news - don't listen to them! They are not preaching the good news! The good news (the gospel of Christ) is always good and should always make you happy and produce supernatural joy in you!