God forgives Past, Present, and Future Sins!
"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."
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My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God forgives Past, Present, and Future Sins!
Famous preacher Charles Stanley quotes John 5:24 and says that God forgives past, present, and future sins. Let us see his logic. John 5:24 says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." He takes the promise in this verse that the person have everlasting life, and he will not come into condemnation. His logic is that in order to fulfill this promise, God will have to forgive not only his past sins, but God must forgive his present sins and his future sins. God's promise is sure and so his forgiveness of the past, present, and future sins are also sure. Charles Stanley explains the condition "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me" as, we Christians believe in Jesus, we have faith in him, and so on, which are just bluff. Is that it, let us see and find what actually Jesus Christ says from the word of God.
Jesus Christ says two things from the above verse; "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me." We must listen to what he says, that is we must believe it, and we must believe what God the Father says. The context here is, that Jesus Christ healed a lame man near the pool of Bethesda, on a Sabbath day. Look it more: "John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." Here, Jesus Christ tells them that God the Father, who send him, told him to do it that is even to break the Sabbath. Further God the Father is the one who did the miracle of healing the lame man. So, it is to believe God the Father. How about that he says, "heareth my word." It is in verse 14. "John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." What is the word of Jesus Christ in this context? It is this: "sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." That is, Jesus Christ forgives a person, and tells him not to sin again, with a warning that if he sins again, a worse thing will come. But, preachers like Charles Stanly say that if Jesus Christ forgive a past sin, then he will keep on forgiving your present and future sins. But, Jesus says that if he sins again after Jesus Christ forgives the past sins, the sinner will be damned with worse consequence. It is the word of Jesus Christ. Famous preachers, are either ignorant or have the audacity to preach that God will forgive the past, present, and future sins. Don't they have the fear of God!
The word of God says about "the remission of sins that are past." But, the preaching of the remission of present and past sins are insanity. It is as Jesus Christ is sending them to kill, rob, rape, etc, promising them that he will look the other way and get them out of hell. Even to talk about it, is disgusting. Let us study about the forgiveness of past sins. Very few preachers refer this verse about forgiveness of past sins, because what they are looking for is forgiveness of total sins, the past, present, and future sins. However, a very few preachers refer this verse. Even they say, the present sins of today will become past sins tomorrow, and the future sins of tomorrow will become past sins on the day after tomorrow. So, everything will be past in a matter of a day. They cannot fool God with this logic and so, they make fool out of themselves. Now let us look at the scripture. "Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" They say "justified freely," and so, it is free and we do not have to do anything. But, it is free is not the point, but "justified" is what happened. That is they are made just, which is made righteous. So, they are pulled out of sin. It is done "by his grace." So, in order to receive grace, they could have humbled themselves so that they may be redeemed. "Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." It is the resurrected Jesus Christ and he has redeem them from all of their iniquity that are sins. So, verse 24 says that God has pulled them out of sin and verse 25 says they have faith in Jesus Christ. It is not like the sinning people's bold lie, which is called faith, but it is word of God refers them as having faith. Their past sins are forgiven (the remission of sins that are past). Now, what is the Past Sins? It is good to take the meaning from the Bible, in order to escape the perverted meaning by the preachers. It is "through the forbearance of God;" So, the sins were committed when God was forbearing their sins. When is God forbears sin? Acts 17:30 says, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:" There is a time that people are committing sins without truthfully knowing the consequences of sins. It is considered as the time of ignorance. God winked at them, meaning that God forbears them during this time. So, The Past Sins are the sins that are committed by the time of ignorance, it will not apply for the sins that is committed with our knowledge, or intentionally. Forgiveness of those sins have different requirements. We will see that bellow.
3. Requirements for forgiveness of any sins
Jesus Christ has forgiven sinners and he requires people to forgive others in order to receive forgiveness from God. If we do not forgive others, our sins will not be forgiven. "Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors... 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Mark 11:25-26 and many other verses say the same. Even after God forgives sins, if the person does not forgive others in the future, God re-imposes the punishment back on the person. Matthew 18:23-35. "18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt." Then the servant did not forgive another man. So, look what God did to him in response. "33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses." There are more conditions for forgiveness, like repentance, etc. But the important part is that we have to fulfill all these requirements, and still we must obtain the forgiveness by the cleansing of his blood. If not, it will not be counted for eternal life. You may refer these links for more details. "Repent," "Forgiven."
4. God turns You away from Sin, then He forgives Past Sins
"Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." God has resurrected Jesus as his Begotten Son, anointed him as God with all power, and sent him to turn his people away from their sins. "Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" Resurrected Jesus Christ converts a person into a just, that is righteous person, and redeems him/her from sinning, that is future sins. After he takes care of the future sins, he forgives all past sins by his blood. This is what scripture says.
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. Matthew 13:15, John 12:40, and Acts 28:27 all say the same thing. 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 by the blood of Jesus. 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. 1 Peter 1:2 says: "through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:" Here, obedience to the spirit is first, then the sprinkling of the blood, which is forgiveness of past sins. Ephesians 1 says: "6) ... he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins," Grace first enables us to be accepted into the beloved, and then we are forgiven through the blood. "Romans 5:21 .. as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." As grace reigns our lives, we will not sin anymore, then our past sins are forgiven. "1 John 1:9 ... he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." As he forgives us our sins, his blood cleanses all our unrighteousness, which causes us to commit sins. When unrighteousness is removed, there will be no more addiction to commit sin, and the person will have no more craving for sin. Now the person is perfect. "Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." Here Jesus Christ cleanses all unrighteousness, which is the cause for sinning. Then he forgives his/her past sins and thus takes away all sin from the person. "Matthew 1:21 ... call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Now only, he/she is saved.
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