What About the Sins I’ve Done?

     There are two burning questions in the lives of most believers, questions which are so significant that they can influence even the way we think about the Lord and His ways. 

     Here’s the first: What about the sins I have done?  Many Christians continue to be plagued by memories of things they did before they knew Jesus, before they were saved.  For many there is a hesitation in their hearts and minds as they think of their own salvation.  They know what the Bible teaches about salvation but…  They know that their sins are forgiven but…   there is this memory of a certain time or a certain offense, something that seems to be held over them threatening their eternal peace and joy. 

     It is hard for some to believe that God truly did forgive those offenses.  They seem too great, too consequential.  Yet, it is true!  Those things are gone from your account.  The penalty has been paid by the Lord Jesus Christ and you can never be punished or held accountable for those actions again.

     You see, there is an important Biblical doctrine called “regeneration” which tells us what the cleansing grace of God has done in our lives.  To be regenerated, in the Biblical sense, is to be “born again”.  This is what Jesus said must happen in order for salvation to be secured.
John 3:3 ( NKJV ) . . .  unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

     As Jesus went on to explain, this regeneration is not simply a new physical beginning, a rebirth as we might think of it.  This is a new person altogether, a being born of the Spirit.  Peter explains further:

 

1 Peter 1:23 ( NKJV ) having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 

     Paul understood this and stated it as plainly as anyone could:

2 Corinthians 5:17 ( NKJV ) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

     This is the ultimate cleansing!  Your sins are stuck to the old person, the person you used to be.  Now you are a new person and those sins are no longer a part of your life.  No one can rightly remind you of the sins on your account because there are no sins on your account.  Those things have not only been forgiven, they have, as the Scripture says, been removed from you “as far as the east is from the west”.  They are no longer yours.

     Paul puts this in a very practical application as he writes to the church in Corinth.  I will read it from the NAS version so there is little chance of misunderstanding.

(1 Cor 6:9-11 NASB)  Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, {10} nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. {11} And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.

     You were washed.  You were recreated.  Those sins are no longer on you.  When the Lord looks at you, He does not remember those sins… no matter what they were.

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  1. Rebekah Grace

    Such a powerful truth here Dave! It can be a very hard truth to come to terms with especially when (if) we have people, believers and unbelievers alike, who seem to hold our pasts against us. I have lived this out in it’s truest and rawest form in the past 4 years and my journey has taught me something I never knew possible…….since I am a new creation and all my sins have been washed away, cleansed and forgiven, who am I to hold someone else’s sins against them? It really is funny what happens to a person when they start to feel what they have put others through for decades!

    I must consistently trust that when God sees me He sees Jesus Christ, even if in this world I am dealing with the real and tangible consequences of a sin, I am wholly and completely forgiven. Like a prisoner for instance, a person can commit a crime and be convicted of that crime and be behind bars, if he is saved in prison, his consequences don’t automatically go away, but God doesn’t see them anymore. He too, is a new creation. It all really does go against everything we have learned in this world. That’s why it’s so stinkin’ hard! Just yesterday I was watching a Walton’s episode and Corabeth said, “It really is true, God helps those who help themselves!” And I thought, UGH! NO!

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