CILMS Pt 2: Eternal Redemption
To re-cap my previous post, a person cannot “lose” their salvation, either by mistake, or my making mistakes. In other words: no amount of sin; no amount of unfaithfulness; not even the devil himself can snatch us out of the hands of God. The truth is, the moment we believe on Christ, we are saved and sealed with God’s stamp of approval, guaranteeing us a spot up there with him.
Now with all that being said, even though it’s true that a person cannot “lose” their salvation, there is still a way for us to throw it away, or forsake it.
But before I get into all of that (I know, more waiting ), I need to lay a quick foundation down. I need to first show you what exactly took place on the cross, and prove to you that we have been forgiven once and for all, before I can begin to deal with verses like Hebrews 10:26, Matthew 6:14, or even 1 John 1:9.
I’m going to start out in John 19:30, When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. “It is finished!” What was finished? Jesus successfully completed God’s will fulfilling the law, therefore ushering us into Grace, and the New Covenant (Which included redemption, salvation, healing, deliverance, a relationship with God, imputed righteousness, and much more).
So why did Jesus have to die on the cross in the first place? Well, you see, sin had to be paid for by blood; Blood had to be spilt on account of sins. God required the O.T people to sacrifice animals yearly in order to deal with their sins. But for the New Covenant, Jesus became that sacrifice, and his sacrifice satisfied God’s requirement for blood throughout all of eternity. God not only placed the sins of the entire world on Jesus, but also the full punishment and wrath for those sins were placed on Him as well. Jesus was judged and punished on behalf of us, therefore removing the barrier that separated us from God – which was sin. As New Testament believers, we now live in the age of Grace; The age of unconditional love and forgiveness; The age where God is no longer holding (counting) our sins against us.
Now, even though there are several verses throughout the Bible that either foretell about our forgiveness through Christ (Psalms 32:2, Jeremiah 31:33-34), or that speak on the forgiveness we already received (Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 4:32, 1 John 2:2, Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:13-14, Colossians 3:13), the main verses I’m going to be focusing on to make my point, and prove that once and for all that our sins were taken care of on the cross, are located in Hebrews 9, and Hebrews 10. (Warning: this is a long read. I highlight some key verses)
So, let us begin with Hebrews 9,
“Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. 2 A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, 4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5 Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. 9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
Moving onto Hebrews 10,
“The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
17 Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
Boom, Baby! *Drops Mic*
Now, I don’t know about you, but these verses make it very clear as to what Jesus accomplished on that Cross. If those verses did not prove once and for all that Christ completely took care of our sins, then I don’t know what will -- better yet, I don’t think you’ll ever be satisfied then.
Now, just to make things very clear, in this New Covenant, receiving God’s forgiveness is not something that happens progressively (we are not in a continual progress of being forgiven). Forgiveness of sins is something that already took place 2000+ years ago (forgiveness of sins is a done deal). Meaning that God is no longer holding any of our sins against us. Or to put it in another way, he is not holding our sins against us until we repent of them either (Ut-oh, but what about 1 John 1:9? This question will be answered in another part. Maybe part 9 of this series ).
Sadly, religion has taught us that every time we commit a sin we need to crawl on our hands and knees before God and beg him for forgiveness. Granted, that may sound appropriate, but that is wrong. The only way we need to respond when we commit a sin is to tell God,
“I know I messed up, and I am going to try harder to resist that sin next time; but thank you Lord, that I have already been forgiven and I walk in that forgiveness. Thank you, Jesus!”
Really, all we need to do is just acknowledge what we did wrong (Lord I messed up; Help me to overcome this sin), turn from away from that sin, and that’s all.
Believe me, I understand that it’s very hard not to feel horrible (to feel guilty, and feel like in a way, you let God down) when you commit a sin, but this is where you need to remind yourself of who are you in Christ (already forgiven, Holy, blameless, righteous), and that God loves you regardless of what you have done, and will ever do. That his love for you is not based on your performance, or your holiness, but that his love for you is based off his own goodness. Also, don’t beat yourself up and allow yourself to feel as though God no longer wants anything to do with you when you do sin because that’s far from the truth. As God once told me, "Forgive yourself, because I have already forgiven you." God is so good!
So to wrap all of this up, the reality we live in today is that Jesus has completely cleansed (forgiven) us of our sins. So not only did God forgive us of our past, and present sins, but he has already forgiven us of any future sins we will ever commit as well, and is therefore no longer holding (counting) our sins against us (There will be no movie projector in heaven playing back all of the sins we've committed throughout our life-time, as some have taught). Christians, and unbelievers have already had their sins forgiven. A person who doesn’t believe in God will live their entire life being forgiven of their sins. But the difference between a believer and an unbeliever is that a believer accepts that forgiveness and is then cleansed of all their wrong doing. So, it isn't a person's personal sin that is sending them to Hell, no, the only thing that will ever cause someone to end up in Hell is by them rejecting the greatest gift of all.
Okay, so now that I have laid the foundation of forgiveness down, I will be able to better explain what the writer of Hebrews (Some argue Paul) meant when he spoke on Hebrews 6:4, and Hebrews 10:26, but unfortunately that will have to come to you in Part 4, of this now series (yes, more waiting ). I apologize, but there is one last thing I need to cover before I can talk about the verses in Hebrews. I need to explain what the unpardonable sin is, and how you commit it, and THEN I can talk about the verses in Hebrews . So, I hope you were able to get something out of this teaching, and I also hope that this teaching blessed you as much as it blessed me studying this out. Also, if you have any questions about anything I talked about in this teaching, go ahead and place it in the comments section below, and I’ll do my best to answer it.
Thanks for checking this post out, and God Bless
Side Note: Righteousness is a completely separate teaching in itself, and so I chose just to focus on just the forgiveness of sins aspect of the cross. But yes, because of the cross, we are justified and have peace before God (Romans 5:1). When we believed on Christ, our old spirits (our sin nature) died, and we now have the spirit of Christ living within us (Romans 8:9), which is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). Because of Jesus, because of the sacrifice he made on the cross, we are now the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21). What all of that means is that, God is no longer dealing with us based off of who we are in the flesh (based off of what we do in our earth suits ). When He sees us, He doesn’t see who we are in the flesh. He doesn’t see our short comings, he doesn’t see the sins we commit, what He sees is our perfect, righteous Spirits. When he looks at us, he sees his son, Jesus. That is how, and why, Christian who continue to live in sin, or who are not faithful towards God can still make it into heaven. God isn’t dealing with us based off of what we do (based off of our faithfulness), but rather, he is dealing with us based off of what Jesus did (based off of Jesus's faithfulness). I’ll be talking about this more in a future post of mine.
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Can I Lose My Salvation? Pt 2: Eternal Redemption
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