Saturday, December 04, 2010

"All my sins are forgiven, those past, those present, and those I've yet to commit," right? Conclusion


        Have you considered the word "now" in Romans 8:1? It is from the Greek adverb nun and means "now, at this present time." The reason one should pay attention to this little 3 letter word is because it refers to "this present time" ... all the time, right now, tomorrow, and, well, forever; it is always "now." Therefore when Paul informs his readers that there is no condemnation for believers in Jesus Christ, those who by the grace of God have been "born again" through faith in Jesus Christ, he is telling us that we will never be condemned ... never! Do you see it? We will not be condemned this afternoon, tomorrow morning, next week, next year ... never!
        Were our sins, all our trespasses and sins, those past, present, and future, not forgiven, Paul could never have written those wonderful grace-filled words of truth. He would have written instead that since all our sins are not forgiven, probably referring to our present sins and those we will commit in the next hour, the next day, the next week, etc., etc., there is a very good chance that we will be condemned in spite of Christ's having died on the cross. But, nooooooooo, that's not what he said, is it?


        "We are never given permission to sin; sin is bad." In case you aren't familiar with that word, "antinomian," it means those who believe that we do not have to pay any attention to the law of God, it is utterly discarded. And while it is true that believers are no longer under God's law, meaning that we do not have to try to merit God's favor by obeying His law, His law is still our guide to what He says is right and wrong and our reminder of what a depraved lot we were (are) (1 Tim. 1:5-11; Gals. 3:19; Roms. 7:7-14).
        And furthermore, the apostle John wrote his first epistle to urge us to abstain from sin, "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world" (2:1-2).
        John and Paul let us know that sin is still present in the lives of believers because of the remaining courruption in all of us (1 Cor. 15:50-57; Roms. 8:9-14). But both tell us in no uncertain terms that as believers we will never be condemned. John does this by reminding us that we "have an Advocate with the Father," One who is interceding on our behalf with our heavenly Father, and that our Advocate "is the propitiation for our sins." "Propitiation" means that our Advocate has satisfied God's demand for justice by becoming sin for us and taking upon Himself God's wrath, this taking upon Himself God's wrath is the propitiation. That is the gospel.
        So in conclusion, while God never gives us permission to sin He has made provision for our sins, that provision being Jesus Christ Himself.