Can God really forgive our sins?
The answer to this question is Yes!
Jesus says in Mt. 12:31,“Any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people.” Jesus, by His death and resurrection took the punishment for all our sins, past, present, and future. The work He did was fully sufficient for God to see us as holy and blameless in His sight through Jesus Christ. God says in His Word,
“You were His enemies separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault.” (Col. 1:21,22).
God made it possible for us to be reconciled to Him. It is impossible for any sin to come into God’s presence, but when we believe in Jesus Christ, who He was, what He did, and choose to turn away from our sinful life and follow Him, His word, and His commandments, then we are cleansed and made holy (without sin) in the sight of God.
Paul writes,“For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith; and that is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8). Jesus says that we are dead in our sins until we come to Him and ask forgiveness in His name and seek to turn away from sin. Jesus promises, “For this is the will of My Father; that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:40). But Jesus also warns that “Whoever rejects the Son will not see life for God’s wrath remains on them.” (John 3:36).
Believing in Jesus is the attitude we need to have. The word believing in the original Greek means – ‘to place confidence in, to trust, to rely on Jesus, not just because of what others have said, but because of what our heart tells us’. In believing we aim to build a relationship with Him. It is this relationship that is important.
It is important not just to pay lip service to Jesus by saying we believe, think that’s okay, and not allow the Holy Spirit to change our lives. There has to be a commitment on our part, by our will, to live our life for Him, to follow Him. We must be willing to allow Jesus, in the power of His Holy Spirit, to take control of our life.
Someone once wrote,
“Jesus has called us into a relationship with Him, not just a decision to believe in Him.”Believing is important for salvation, for the Bible says in Acts 16:31,“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” Yet relationship is important in our growth as a Christian, something we develop over time as in any relationship. Spiritual growth is gained by spending time with Jesus on a daily basis. When we ask Jesus into our life, the power of His Spirit desires to regenerate us and we should begin to see a renewing of our personality; the sign of spiritual growth.
The fruit of truly being a Christian and receiving God’s total forgiveness for all our sins is a regenerated heart. We should begin to see a change in our life as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit make their home within us, (John 14:21-23), giving us a sense of the assurance that we are truly forgiven. We should experience the joy that the guarantee of spending eternity in heaven with Christ gives us, (Eph.1). The fruit of our believing will exhibit itself in a desire to serve Christ in our daily life. So, being a Christian is not just about believing, it is about all that happens through that belief.