"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Christians always think that when we really are sorry for the sins that we have committed and ask God earnestly to forgive us for the sins that we have committed, then Jesus Christ will forgive our sins. But the ignorant part is this. We connect all forgiveness for twofold purpose, one is for the worldly benefits like, healing, or any needs and wants, etc, and we link it also for eternal life. God is merciful and he shows his goodness in granting our prayers in many ways. Those are for earthly needs. But, eternal life is entirely a different ball game. Christians are totally ignorant of this. They think that it is two birds in one shot. It is not so. We have to be pure to inherit heaven.
1 John 1:7 says: "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Jesus Christ walks in the pure light of holiness, and in this pure light, there is no sin. If we walk in this same light, there will be no sin in us, then Jesus Christ will forgive all sins we have committed. Mark 4.12 says: "… they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them." Here, forgiveness of sins will be after grace has converted us from our sin and to holiness. Colossians 1 says: "13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" We have to be delivered from darkness; that is, after our conversion from sins to a life without sins, our past sins will be forgiven. Hebrews 10 says: "16) … saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17) And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." Once their hearts and minds are rooted in the word of God to obey them, then their past sins will be forgiven. Jesus Christ sacrificed himself once only, not as repeated offerings of animals in the Old Testament. So also, his forgiveness is also applied once, after they are made perfect not to sin anymore. "Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." This is for eternal life.
God Bless You