God has graciously provided a way for all our sins to be forgiven. This verse uses powerful imagery to describe the total forgiveness available through faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, God’s forgiveness through Christ’s sacrifice is so complete; it is as though all our sins have been cast into the deepest part of the sea, never to be retrieved or brought up again.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
This verse is so comforting that God forgives all our sins. I grew up in the Catholic Church and it was hard to keep track of my sins to confess them to the priest. Sometimes, I would make up sins to confess, because I was too embarrassed or couldn’t remember them. I would pray through the rosary beads, but I never felt forgiven. The more I tried not to sin, the more I sinned, until my sins became so great that I quit going to church and confession.
Then 14 years later, I attended a Presbyterian Church where I understood that we can accept Jesus Christ and His death on the cross; and at once have all our sins forgiven. This includes all past, present and future sins. I went home and prayed to accept Him as my Lord and Savior, and a huge weight was lifted from me.
Have your sins become too great a weight to bear? If so, Jesus Christ is the answer. He is God’s only solution for all our sins.
The Bible says that all have sinned in Romans 3:23, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (NLT)
Even though we deserve to be punished, God sent Jesus to earth to be a sacrifice for all our sins. Jesus lived a sinless life and died on the cross for us; thereby taking our punishment. God raised Him from the dead proving that Jesus’ sacrifice was acceptable to God.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:25 NIV)
Through personal faith in Jesus Christ and because of God’s grace, we can be forgiven for all our sins and receive the gift of eternal life as Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NLT)
There are many wonderful Bible verses that promise and describe God’s absolute forgiveness for us through Christ:
Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (NIV)
Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (NIV)
Jeremiah 33:8 says, “I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me.” (NIV)
Psalm 103:12 says, “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”(NLT)
You may be wondering if being forgiven means we won’t sin any longer. No, in fact Christians go through times of great temptation and testing.
James 1:13-15 says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (NIV)
God does not tempt us, but we are tempted by our own desires (the flesh), the world (1 John 2:16), and the devil.
When we do sin, we can confess our sin to God and ask Him to forgive us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NIV)
It is so wonderful to have assurance that we have been forgiven and received salvation!
1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (NIV)
The Bible says that we can know that we have been saved and that we have eternal life.
Perhaps you’re not sure if you have been saved or maybe you have doubts about your salvation. If so, then don’t delay; today make sure you are right with God and pray to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, or pray a prayer of recommitment.
Are you rejoicing and giving thanks to God for His forgiveness and salvation?
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