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  • Fully forgiven by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ

    Recently a Catholic friend shared with me the fact that he has always had a problem believing that our sins can be fully forgiven by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. He believes we will have to somehow pay for our sins in the "next life" because of the wickedness of mankind. A few days after our conversation, I was searching the scriptures when the Lord gave me a verse, which caused me to wonder about what my friend said.

    (Psa 68:3 KJV) But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

    What does this verse mean, and who are the righteous that are being told to rejoice before a Holy God who the Bible says in (Hab 1:13) cannot look upon sin?

    (Rom 3:19-31 KJV) Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. {20} Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. {21} But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; {22} Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: {23} For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; {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; {26} To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. {27} Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. {28} Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. {29} Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: {30} Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. {31} Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

    It is evidently clear here that the Bible says that all the commandments that God Himself laid out in His Word were never meant to justify oneself by living up to them. They were meant to bring about the knowledge of sin in our lives and to show us our need for Jesus our Savior. Thatís where Gods plan of the cross comes into effect. God brought about our justification to all who believe and now see through the law that we are doomed to Hell apart from His mercy. Gods Word says this deliverance was given freely upon all those who believe. Christ has become for us our righteousness through faith in Him. We can now rejoice and call ourselves righteous, not by what we have done but through what He has done in Christ. Because He Himself has made all this possible it leaves no room for us to take any credit whatsoever for this righteousness. There will not be one soul in Heaven, standing before God in his own righteousness, for the Bible says our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isa 64:6). The only way anyone can stand before God is in the righteousness that God alone has completed in His Son Jesus. Now if Christ is the only righteousness of all who stand before God, which is what the Bible teaches, it is safe to say that we will never obtain more righteousness than the righteousness that God has made available to us now through faith in Jesus Christ. I am not saying this to write a ticket for all those that hear this and now think they can now live ungodly. Paul himself was accused of the very same thing in Rom 3:8 when he taught of the righteousness that comes through faith in Christ. I am saying this to set free those that think they can pay (what Christ alone has already paid on the cross with His blood) for the sins they have committed. It is impossible for you to pay for your sins apart from rejecting Gods sacrifice of His only begotten Son and paying for your sins with an eternal fire in Hell. The penalty that God placed on Jesus, who willingly paid the full price for our sins with His shed blood on the cross, is being blasphemed when anyone teaches that something else is necessary to fully forgive men of their sins. Those who teach we have to pay for our sins in some way other than the only way God made in Christ, are being used by the enemy to destroy what God alone has freely made available to us (through faith) in Jesus Christ.

    (1 Cor 1:18-31 KJV) But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: {31} That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

    (Gal 5:4-8 KJV) Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. {5} For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. {6} For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. {7} Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? {8} This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.



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