How Much Sin Will God Forgive?

Written by John Benza

First of all, we all sin. Sin is very real in our lives. We do many things that aren’t pleasing to God.

Acknowledging that you sin is a huge step. A lot of people sin and don’t think there’s anything wrong with it while some people finally come to see how destructive sin can be. But God does not want us to live with guilt. He wants us to know and fully experience His forgiveness.

God does not simply overlook our sin and say, “You’re forgiven.” God sees our sin but is ready to forgive us because Jesus fully took OUR sin on himself and paid for our sin by his death on the cross. Our sin is serious and it cost Jesus incredible suffering. But from the moment we believe in Christ and make him a part of our lives, his forgiveness is ours. We can’t ever make up for our own sin or suffer enough for it—nor does God want us to. In the Bible, it says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

But what happens when we struggle in an area and keep on sinning? Does God get so weary forgiving us that we, at some point, reach our limit?

Jesus was asked by the disciples how many times they needed to forgive someone. Jesus said, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22).

It’s unlikely that we all can keep track of whether we forgive a particular individual 490 times, so you see Jesus’ point. We always forgive, because God always forgives us. God does not have a limit. He died for every one of your sins—those you’ve committed and those you will commit—past, present, and future. You need to begin looking at your sin the way God looks at it. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9) “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

If you’ve asked God to forgive you and to come into your life—you are forgiven! Thank him for his forgiveness and begin to rejoice in your secure relationship with him. He is able to change areas of your life for the best. Remember, God is able to forgive all sin.


492 Responses to “How Much Sin Will God Forgive?”

  • Tom Tom says:

    I agree that it is very disconcerting to see so many professing Christians, among them even church leaders, simply giving in to the sinfulness of the world; but the apostasy we see is certainly predicted for us in scripture. Romans chapter 1 discusses the sinfulness of man and how sooner or later people will not only accept but applaud those who outwardly sin. Of course a Christian is not supposed to participate in the sin or give their blessing to those who live in sin.

    I think the root of the problem for the church is two-fold: 1) Many who profess to be saved are in fact not, and 2) Many who are saved are biblically ignorant, either as a result of bad/incomplete teaching or apathy in their spiritual growth.

    As Christians we are, in fact, to “judge” what is darkness and what is light. Some of the highlights of 1 John are,
    “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.” (4:1ff)
    Chapter 1 discusses those who walk in the darkness versus those who walk in the light. (1:5-7)
    Chapter 2 includes: “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (2:15-17)
    Chapter 2 also includes discussion of those who profess a relationship with the Lord but whose actions prove they do not: “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.” (2:18-19)

    TC, we are definitely living in the last days. Here in the U.S. things are collapsing faster than can be imagined. And while we can be concerned for the conditions around us, we should recognize that our responsibility remains the same—preach the gospel in season and out of season. Always be prepared to give a reason for your faith. The Lord wants us to live by the power of the Holy Spirit and to purify ourselves and to be holy before Him. The faithful will continue to stand by and for the Word of God while being ready to be persecuted for their beliefs. I pray you will be one of those who stand strong TC.

  • TC says:

    Sharon- thanks for the prayers

    Tom- My concern is not just with my pastor, but with society or christians as a whole. If a sin is a sin, then why are many christians accepting Homosexuality as a different type of sin, to the point where many state it is not really a sin. With that said, my struggle is not with loving them or sharing the word of God, it is more or less convincing our own christians that Homesexuality is still a sin. we can invite and allow homesexuals into our lives or church, but we must still try to help them see the way of the Lord and not pretend that what they are doing is not a sin. I am worried that we will get to a point where we stop trying to same the gay community simply because its “okay” to be gay. It might be okay in human society, but not okay in Gods eyes, therefore we should always try to help them see the way. I dont want to judge, therefore I struggle

  • Tom Tom says:

    By the way . . . any pastor who does not preach on the sin of homosexuality, regardless of who is in attendance, is NOT preaching the entire counsel of God and will be held quite accountable by the Lord. Unfortunately, many pastors these days don’t preach on ANY sin . . . or on judgment and hell for that matter. If you are attending such a church, I would recommend finding another church.

  • Tom Tom says:

    There is a night and day (read that darkness and light) difference between allowing a homosexual to attend services and allowing them to be a member of the church. Anyone who is not born again should be welcome to attend services, regardless of their sins, and they should be treated cordially and with love in the hope that they will repent and trust in Christ. Once they profess faith in Christ and show a changed lifestyle, they can be accepted as a spiritual brother or sister in Christ.

  • Sharon says:

    to TC– you are not alone for struggling with this I am too I think for your pastor we should show Gods love to the gays and love and respect them. does this pastor teach the bible? in the bible it says for the sins of God is gossip, sexual sin and pride and other sins and in romans it says that it is sin. prayer–father God I pray for TC help this person with this and I pray for this pastor if he is in sin that he will turn to you send other Christians along TC path to encourage this person I pray all of this in JESUS name amen. I am praying for you TC– from sharon

  • TC says:

    I am struggling with figuring out the popular subject of homosexuality. In Gods eyes a sin is a sin and as long as we repent we will be forgiven. Homesexuality is a sin, yet as a society we are accepting of it as if there nothing wrong with it. We celebrate it and even give it its own month, which is strange because if we as christians celebrate a sin, why not celebrate all sins.
    Anyway, my struggle is with my pastor as he constantly declares that we must accept the gay community and love them and allow them into our church. I am okay with showing love for other people, but how can we speak to the homosexual to come to the lord and stop sinning, when their sin is now celebrated and in many churches seen as not a sin. Hopefully what I am stating makes sense

  • dream says:

    Chris… God bless you today and every day!

  • Lee says:

    Connor–grace and peace to you. I just want to encourage you, and to let you know that just because a thought enters your mind, that doesn’t mean you deliberately put it there. Sometimes thoughts just come and go. It really sounds like you might want to think about seeking out help from a professionally trained counsellor. Your brain may be wired in a way where you experience OCD or generalized anxiety. There are strategies for dealing with both that can be learned from a counselor. One of the key things is that focusing on trying to get rid of the negative thoughts might be frustrating for you. Instead, if you know they are not true and not what you want as a child of God, then you can just say: no, this isn’t me. I know who I am in Christ. The thoughts might “scream” at you, but the more you fixate on them and try to make them go away, and try to make yourself feel better, the more they will bother you and steal your focus and energy. If instead, you say: no, I’m a child of God through faith in Jesus, and this isn’t me, even if it’s present right now, then you will probably have an easier time. That way, you just keep on going about your life and your walk, even in the presence of the ugly thoughts. If you don’t feed them by worrying about them/believing them, they will starve. It will probably not seem easy, but it might help.I don’t know you, so can’t possibly tell you what to do, and I should say that I’m expressing all of this with a word of caution: you might need to find a combination of different supports and approaches to help you through this struggle. But there is always hope, so don’t give up on trying to find the help you need. God loves you dearly. Grace and peace to you, and to anyone who reads this.

  • Chris says:

    connor…as chrisians we all battle wrong thoughts at times. in fact satan, our adversary will be sure to try and plant them. that is why 2 corinthians 10 says we are to cast down thoughts that shouldnt be in our minds. it will be a battle all of our lives but as you make jesus first in your life, Matthew 6.33, and meditate upon his words day and night, Joshua 1, you will find your battles becoming less difficult to win. 2 chronicles 20. you can take the course the cross centered mind also on to help you too. have your pastor and church pray for you. their strength can help you be stronger too. if you dont have a strong Christian church please let me know… blessings!!

  • dream says:

    Connor.. You are not alone. Many christians have this. It’s a satan attack. He is giving you thoughts into your mind to curse God. If you love God and Jesus and repented and gave your life to Him, don’t worry you are saved and going to heaven. Reject those cursing thoughts and tell evil to go away. Then start to pray and worship God. I experienced that too. Satan knows he has little time so he is attacking strongly. Resist him.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Hi Connor.
    Thanks for being honest and sharing your concerns. You’ve done the right thing by admitting this problem and confessing it. James 5:6 tells us, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” A believer in Jesus Christ need not think they have to struggle all alone; they have the ready support of brothers and sisters in Jesus to help by praying for them.

    While what you are doing is, in fact, blaspheming the Name of the Lord, that does not mean you are not forgiven of the sin. Christians have had ALL their sins forgiven—past, present, and future—by Jesus’ death on the cross. That means that even though we still occasionally sin, we can be sure that the sin is forgiven and our UNION (relationship) with God as His child cannot be lost. However, when we sin we hurt our COMMUNION (fellowship) with God and need to have that restored. John reminds us in 1 John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” He then goes on to explain, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This forgiveness is one of cleaning us up after we’ve fallen into the mud so-to-speak, and restoring the sweet fellowship with Him.

    Going humbly to God and confessing that you’ve sinned is very important whether you’ve used His name wrongly or told a lie or disobeyed a parent. Any and every sin should be confessed before God so that he can continue to purify you each day. 1 John 3:2-3 says, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” How do we purify ourselves? We do this first by confessing our sins to Him, and second by allowing the Holy Spirit to take control of our lives and to strive to obey Him in all things.

    This is where scripture comes so vitally into play Connor. Ephesians 5:26 says, “so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” While this is in the direct context of a godly wife, the analogy is being made of Christ and His Bride, the church. Christians make up His church. Therefore we should be allowing the Word of God, the scriptures, to wash over and through us to help cleanse us and keep us from sinning. Romans 12:1-2 tells us, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” We need to renew our minds everyday in order to keep our focus on the Lord. Since we can only focus on one thing at a time, we won’t be allowing sinful things to enter our minds and our mouths when we’re focused on the word of God. The result will be that as written in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Doesn’t this sound like what you want to do Connor?

    Here’s one more thing that will be of great help to you: Every morning, read Ephesians 6:10-17 and claim for yourself the armor of God. Imagine putting on each piece as you pray the scriptures back to God. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

    “Father God, I ask that you would strengthen Connor for the daily battle that Satan tries to win against his thoughts and his words. I ask that you would strip the bad words from his mouth and his mind before he speaks them, and that you will help him to memorize scriptures that will keep his thoughts on you. Thank you for always being so patient with us as we strive to live our lives for the Lord Jesus, and thank you that we aren’t in this battle alone. I pray that you will give Connor complete victory is this area of his walk with you. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

  • Connor says:

    Hello.I have a question.Lately I’ve been having bad thoughts towards God and Jesus that I don’t mean.I’ve been swearing in their names but it randomly started one day and I don’t mean the words I’m calling them.I want to stop this I love them and I got it in my head.I believe in all things holy but I need a way to stop this.Is this okay if you don’t mean it and you love God and Jesus?Can I still go to Heaven?It is considered as blasphemy?Can I fix this and change fate or will something bad happen to me?Thank you for reading this.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Well thanks Aldo!
    My only issue with that is that the Bible itself is not incorruptible and was written by corrupt people. For instance, God has no wrath, God can not be both the ultimate source of good while being occasional a fearsome destroyer. If He were He would be less than perfect. Satan can appear to be both but the acts are of high calibre but inherently imperfect.

  • Aldo says:

    Anwar, the Bible does prove the existence and identity of God. Romans 1:18-23 says, “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man…”

    And His Name is Jesus- Colossians 2:9, “For in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

    You see Anwar, Jesus is the Incarnate Word of God made flesh, and came to dwell among His created people- John 1:1-3; 14, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Thanks for the well wishing Tom. I wish you well too, which is why I suggest to you that you may be worshipping the Bible instead of God. Many people worship idols, this would include the Bible. We must put God before any earthly object including the Scripture. We know as a fact that all material things are subject to manipulations be they well meaning misinterpreting or deliberate perversions. The lesson there is that Heaven is a superior realm to dwell as it is out of the reach of human meddling. A simple case in point is Henry the VIII and his command to write divorce rights into the Bible during the English Reformation. The KJV is yet another adaptation for different reasons depending on who you ask. The Bible does not prove the existence or identity of God. God is pure truth, love, wisdom, eternal life, etc. We can pick up a cheap Bible at Wal-Mart.

  • Chris says:

    anwar Elder….a Reading of Matthew 5.17 to 20 should alter your thinking. i pray so.

  • Tom Tom says:


    Considering that Galatians 1:8 states, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!”, I’d say the possibility of seeing you in heaven is not very good. Repent and trust in the Jesus of the Bible.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Oh, I will leave you with one thing to consider. Please consider that the written Bible itself can often become an idol that is worshiped, infallible, perfect godlike. Jesus Himself advocated the oral tradition because it is less vulnerable to perversion.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Jesus was a Zoroastrian and He gave the world a chance to find its way out of self delusion and toward the Good Religion. This is why He represents Truth especially to the people of the world who continue to engage in magical thinking and believe in sacrificing living beings to appease some fearsome imaginary God. Since you have rejected simple truth you will not be allowed very near to God. I think you are right about we being in the end times. Zoroastrianism is the religion of the Saviors and guardian of the Holy Revelation. The Revelation is when believers of the lie learn of their folly. There will be much anguish and nashing of teeth. See you in Heaven Tom.

  • Tom Tom says:

    1 John 2:18-23
    “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”

  • Tom Tom says:


    Thank you for your honest responses.

    Without the Bible and the God/Jesus revealed in the Bible, you do not have any basis or foundation for “truth” to begin with. Jesus IS the truth. Denying him as the absolute truth leaves you with only vague speculations, man-made teachings, and no perfect standard to compare with to know anything to be true or false. Your worldview is built on shifting sand.

    Based on the fact you won’t/don’t believe what the Bible teaches, there is no further room or reason for discussion.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Oh sorry Tom, I went back to your earlier offerings and expressed my reservations regarding the Scriptures.

    Why it matters to me: I am concerned for and value truth. If Jesus is God: I would worship Him. If Jesus paid for my sins: I would be perplexed as I do not agree that someone can pay for someone else’s sin. Would I repent and trust in Jesus alone for salvation: no, because both Zoroastrianism and Jesus talk of additional saviors. Would I trust what the Bible teaches… : sorry Tom but no. I view the Bible unTruths.

  • Tom Tom says:


    Why are you asking more questions before answering mine to you? A conversation is two-way you know.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Hebrews 9:14-15, this passage assumes Jesus gave His life, but being crucified is hardly voluntary.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    John 1:29, This appears to be John coining a pet name for Jesus more than any sort of proof of anything.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Romans 5:10-11
    For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His son, much more, being reconciled shall we be saved by His life. Not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

    Tom, this passage seems to state that God gave reconciliation because His son was murdered. It sounds as if the writer assumes God to be controllable through the murdering of His children.

  • Tom Tom says:


    Before answering you, may I ask why that is important to you? If Jesus is God and his death did pay for our sins, what difference will that make in your own life? Are you going to humbly and sincerely repent of your sin and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation?

    Also, are you going to accept what the Bible teaches on these things?

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Thanks Tom, it’s nice to see someone with such faith in scriptural writings. Show us please where Jesus claims to be God and where Jesus teaches that we need his righteousness to cover our sin.

  • Tom Tom says:


    Of course Satan is OK with sin. He’s the father of lies and of all deceit. He wants as many as possible to join him in the Lake of Fire. There is only one way for a right relationship with God and a home in heaven–Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 6:14ff says, ” Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
    “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.”

    While you can choose to repent, you cannot choose to be sin-free. That’s why you must trust in the sinless one Jesus Christ. You need his righteousness to cover your sins. THIS is his teaching. “There is one mediator between God and Man, the man Jesus Christ. Adding the false teachings of Zoroastrianism will only result in eternal damnation.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Hey folks, if you are looking for someone to forgive you all the nasty creepy things you choose to do realize Satan is totally o.k. with it. On the other hand you are free to repent and choose not to sin. Your soul shall be cleansed and you do not need a mediator. This is Jesus’s teachings as well as Zoroastrian. Repent and join us in Heaven. Jesus has given you this chance, don’t blow it.

  • Tom Tom says:

    1. Professing to be a Christian or doing something in the name of Christianity does not necessarily make one a Christian. A Christian is a person who is born again spiritually by turning from sin and trusting in the Lord Jesus. Followers of Jesus obey his commands, including not to murder.

    2. Killing in war is not murder.

    3. Yes, Anwar, Jesus does forgive even the worst of sinners if they will repent and trust in him. Jesus will even forgive YOU!

  • Anwar Elder says:

    You folks have it backwards. Satan forgives you of your sins. It is with He you will be welcomed by on judgement day. You may quote the Bible but those are not the words of the Savior, they are the words of the apostles. All of them of Jewish background, all of them betrayed Jesus in his time of need. First you must trust they are telling you truths and not 1/2 truths. You seem to be o.k. with the logic that a sinner can be forgiven for his sins if an innocent person is killed to take their place. Sounds like a plan Satan made up. Was it Jesus that relieved Christians of guilt for the murders, rapes, thefts and destabilization of the Middle East and its noble unsuspecting people during the Crusades or is it Satan? Has Jesus forgiven Christians for the enslavement, animal husbandry, and destabilization of the noble and gentle people of the African continent or is that Satan giving Christians a little help during the era of American Slavery? Was Jesus there to forgive the bombing of civilian cities and the murder of 250,000 civilian Japanese in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atom bombings or is that Satan helping Christians ease their guilt?

  • Anwar Elder says:

    So what you folks are saying is that your Jesus has forgiven Christians for the the rapes, pillaging, thefts and destabilization of the entire Middle East during the Crusades. Your Jesus has forgiven Christians for the kidnapping, enslavement, use of animal husbandry, and destabilization of the entire African continent and its noble people for numerous generations for American slavery. Your Jesus has forgiven your Christian grandparents for the bombing and murder of 250,000 civilian targets in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atom bombs. Your Jesus has forgiven your Christian parents for napalming Vietnamese villagers during the Vietnam war. Your loving Jesus has forgiven your Christian peers for countless acts of murder and torture as revealed in Abu Graib documents and photographs. In all this and more your savior in fangs gives you permission?

  • ignacio says:

    Is God or is not god?
    Why has to have a limit?

    For forgiveness or anything else.

    How many times your mom will change your dippers?

    All the times you needed it.

    Consequences of sin, the clean up service is also provided though his friends continuous healing service.

    The point is not the sin but to clean the mess.
    He paid for the damage.
    He paid for the restoration.
    All the ingredients are available.

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  • Joss says:

    Someone please text me or email me, I want to learn more about this! :-(

  • Trish Hicks says:

    In Answer to Ms Tamika . How does one know if your sins are truly forgiven is where FAITH comes in . A believer must have faith it is truly essential.
    Matthew 21:22 ESV

    And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

    1 John 5:14 ESV

    And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. It is his will for our sins to be forgiven, it is his will that we repent.

    hebrews 11:6

    And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

    Taminka i sincerely hope this will answer your question

  • Trish Hicks says:

    1 John 1:9 ESV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.In this verse the key is . We must confess the sins first.Then we must ask for forgiveness. But we have to be truly sorry for them .Then we must repent Then at that point ALL sins are forgiven, past,present,future. Once we are born again we are free from sin .We no longer have to be a slave to sin. We will have the spirit of the Lord inside us to help fight the temptation of falling right back into our sins.
    Yes Christ did die for the sins of the whole world. But until one becomes born again that person is still in unforgiven sin.Whomever comes to Christ and believes in and on in their hearts truly and truly believes their sin has been cleansed away. But for the non believer he is still yet in his sins. The blood Jesus shed was enough to cover the whole entire world.To cover all their sins ,should every human being becomes born again. There is only one sin and ONE only that will never be forgiven. as long as they continue in the state, and that is the sin of unbelief. The Lord will never ever forgive anyone who goes through life with unbelief of him.
    I do hope and pray this can shine some light on the subject .

  • Keya says:

    Thank you Lord for another beautiful day!

  • Ronno Smitious says:

    Have you ever heard the phrase, “you are going to have to pay the penalty?” This is the payment referred to when stating that Christ paid the price for our sin. It isn’t a price paid for the enjoyment of the sin, and although the Bible does say that sin is fun for a season, it never says that we or Christ will pay the price to enjoy sin, but that He paid the price for the wrong that was done. IF you take a hammer and smash windows in cars and get caught you will have to pay the price. IF you get drunk and do something stupid and get in trouble, you will have to pay the price. IF you have sex outside marriage and catch a disease or bring a child into the world without a proper family, you will have to pay the price…do you see what is meant by “paying the price.”
    The Bible is very clear about the method God informed us of how to have our sins dealt with. First you have to recogmize sin. Second you have to realize God will forgive your sins. His forgivness required a payment, which is what Christ did on the cross. He paid the penalty for sin, and then he rose from the Grave proving He had victory of the penalty of sin.

  • Tom Tom says:

    A payment for sin is not so that we CAN sin but because we HAVE sinned. A sin is breaking God’s law. Romans 6:23–The wages (payment) for sin is death (physical death, then spiritual eternal separation from God.)If you break man’s law, you will pay a penalty; time in jail, a fine, probation, or death. If you break God’s law,you can’t go to heaven. But if someone ELSE were to take your punishment and/or pay your fine in court, you would go free. That’s what Jesus did–he took our punishment and then paid with his own perfect blood to set us free. (See Hebrews 9:22 below). We must accept that payment by repentance and faith, just as we would have to accept the payment of the other person in court. Otherwise, we’ll still have to pay our own fine.

    Hebrews 9:32–And according to the Law, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

    You are partially correct–there is no amount of HUMAN payment that can reverse or erase a sin. Only the perfect shed blood of Jesus can erase the penalty of sin.

    Here are several of dozens and dozens of scriptures that inform man of a method of having their sins nullified.

    1 Peter 2:24–and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

    Isaiah 53:4-6–Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;
    The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.

    1 Corinthians 15:3–Christ died for our sins.

    John 6:51–Jesus said, “I will give my flesh for the life of the world.”

    1 John 1:7–but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

    2 Corinthians 5:21–He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

    1 John 2:2–and He Himself is the propitiation (payment to a wrathful God)for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

    Hebrews 9:14-15–how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

    John 1:29–The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

    Romans 5:10-11–For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

    Finally, all worldviews outside of the God of the Bible and biblical creation are flawed, because they are all based on man’s views, not God’s.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    When I was a Christian I never could understand the concept of payment for sin. It seems to suggest that sin is something good to do… so good that it requires something of value to pay for the opportunity to do so. As if it were some sort of fun amusement park ride. It seems an inherently flawed world view. There is no amount of payment that can reverse or erase a sin. Where in your Bible does God inform Man of a method of nulling sins?

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