God is Holy and has no sin. We are not holy and based on Romans 3:23, we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. Adam and Eve were sinless until they were tempted by the enemy, the devil – Satin himself. The very moment they fell into temptation -they sinned and were immediatley separated from God. They were no longer perfect beings. And while God saw their sin and can see all of our sin and knows every thing we do or even think, He still loved Adam and Eve and He still loves us. His desire is to prepare us for eternal life with Him. There is no sin in Heaven, and because God loves us so much, He chose to do something about Adam and Eve’s sin and ours. God chose to make a way for all of our sins to be forgiven.
So, what does God say about sin? There are countless verses in the Bible regarding God’s thoughts about sin but one that seems to explain it all is found in James 1:15
“Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”
Sin is a very serious problem and you may ask, Can Jesus forgive me? Yes! Yes He can and yes He will! But we must be willing to repent and ask for His forgiveness. God loved us so much, He made a way for our sins to be forgiven. It’s His desire for all people to come to Him. It’s His desire for each of us to be in His presence and live with Him eternally. That is why He sent His only Son to die a sacrificial death for you and me.
If you are not a Born Again Believer in Jesus Christ and have not yet received His free gift of salvation, please go to my post How Can I Know Jesus – Building A Personal Relationship With Christ.
Does God Forgive All Sin?
That question has been around since the beginning of time and many still wonder does God forgive all sin? Or is there any sin that is just too horrific for God to forgive? The Bible is very clear that no sin nor any sinner is beyond God’s forgiveness. God gives us several examples throughout the Old and New Testaments.
We can start in the Old Testament with David. He was chosen and annointed by God when he was a youth. God was with him as he grew into adulthood. He became King of Israel and Judah and God continued to have His hand on him in all that he did. But one day when he had his mind off of what he was called to do and obviously off God, he fell into sin. He looked upon Bathsheba – a married woman -and lusted after her. And as you might guess, one thing led to another and like the scripture quoted above in James 1:15, his sin led to death. The death of his child born to Bathsheba with whom David had committed adultary.
Yet, when David came to his senses and realized his sinned and acknowledged his sin, he was broken over what he had done, and repented. Here is David’s prayer of repenantance
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” Psalm 51:1–2.
God forgave David and he continued to live for the Lord again. We later read that God said David was a “man after Mine Own heart”.
We also read of Peter in the New Testament who denied even knowing Jesus! If there was one sin you’d think God couldn’t forgive, it would be that one. And yet, Jesus before Peter denied him, said of Peter – “upon this rock I will build my church”. Jesus knew Peter would deny Him. And like David, when Peter realized what he’d done, he felt remorse and shame. Most importantly, he repented and followed Christ for the rest of his life. Later in the Book of Acts, Peter preaches and over 3,000 souls came to believe in Christ! According to Christian tradition, Peter was crucified in Rome under the Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar and was crucified upside down at his own request. It is said since Peter saw himself unworthy to be crucified in the same way as Jesus.
WOW What a forgiving God!
What About The Unpardonable Sin?
You may have heard of the unpardonable sin or if not, you will likely come across it on your Christian journey. But what is the unpardonable sin? The Bible is clear that this sin first of all, is NOT a sin that Believers can comit. So what is it exactly?
In Mark 3:28-30 and Matthew 12:31-32 Jesus had been performing miracle after miracle, casting out demons, restoring sight to the blind, healing the lame and on and on. All of His miracles were done by the power of The Holy Spirit. The religious leaders however, refused to accept the source of Jesus’ power nor would they believe He was the Son of God. They even went so far as to acuse Him of being possessed of the devil.
Jesus had a response to all of them saying,
“I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”
The sin that the religious leaders had commited was their refusal to accept Jesus for Who He Was or to accept the witness of The Holy Spirit, and their refusal to follow Him. In John 16:8, Jesus said of The Holy Spirit,
“When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment”
Instead of believing on Jesus, they chose to reject Jesus and the Spirit’s witness to their sin and accused Him of being demon possessed!
Therefore, if we have believed on Jesus by repenting and surrendering our lives to Him, we have not blasphemed the Holy Spirit. We have accepted His witness and therefor are saved – forever.
So Who Can Commit The Unpardonable Sin?
In order to commit the unpardonable sin, one must knowingly, continuously, and deliberately, reject the testimony of The Holy Spirit to the deity and saving power of the Lord Jesus. If a person never repents and accepts Christ’s salvation for foergiveness, but continues rejecting The Holy Spirit until their death, there is no hope of forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Jesus Himself assures us in John 6:37, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away”
How To Move Forward After I’ve Sinned
If you’ve commited a sin, and remember according to the Bible, we all have sinned, it’s important that you deal with it right away. Rember the story of David? Immediately when you know within your spirit that you’ve sinned, stop and confess it to God. Tell Him how you feel. If it’s an addiction, ask Him to help you overcome. Repent by pressing on toward the goal of following and living for Christ and make a commitment not to continue in that same sin. Do not give the enemy a chance.
Stay in the Word. Stay in Prayer. Surrond yourself with other Believers. If necessary, find an accountability partner that will check in on you and that will hold you accountable for your actions. And read Romans 8 the entire chapter.
Don’t Let The Enemy Condem You
Remember, if you’re Born Again, your sins are forgiven and nothing can separate you from God and His love. However, the enemy would like you to believe otherwise. In IPeter 5:8 it reads,
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
The enemy hates Christians and will do all he can to discourage us. The Bible says in John 10:10,
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy….”
BUT JESUS SAID in that same verse,
“….I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
The enemy’s goal is to stop us from bringing others to Christ. He also wants to keep us down, discouraged and miserable so that we are of no use to building God’s Kingdom. He knows he can’t have our souls so he continues to attack eleswhere. What better place than the mind. The enemy will tempt you, tell you lies, cause distractions, discourage you, even make evil things look good.
Yet another reason why we must stay in the Word and Prayer, learning all we can about our Lord Jesus.
I recall hearing a preacher explain once that the measures involved in determining if a dollar bill is real or counterfit, include studying the real thing so closly that when a counterfit bill comes along, they immediately recognise it as conterfit and not the real thing. This is exactly how we need to be regarding our relationship with Jesus. If we spend time with Him, learning about Him, reading His Word, praying to Him and listening to His voice through the Holy Spirit, we will be able to recognise anything and anyone counterfit to Christ. We will be able to resist the enemy and look toward our Lord Jesus!
Romans 8:37 – 39
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I hope this article has helped you be able to rest assured in your salvation. My prayer is that you will begin to learn and understand God’s love for you. That you will know the truth found in God’s Word. That you will not live a defeated, condemend life but that you will live a victorious abundant life in Christ Jesus
READ – Romans 8 the entire chapter.