Redemption & Forgiveness Is Not Unconditional

May 6, 2014

In speaking of Christ, Eph. 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Col. 1:13 tells us that God has rescued us from the dominion (the power, authority, domain, and kingdom) of darkness and has transferred us into the Kingdom of His Son, “in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (v. 14)

Do we notice that it is by being IN Christ that we are redeemed and thus have our sins forgiven? Our sins are not forgiven if we are not abiding IN Christ –which comes by being obedient to His commands. (Mt. 19:17 // John 15:10 // 1 John 3:24) And if our sins are not forgiven, we are not redeemed. We are not delivered –not saved.

Ps. 32:1 says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” But does this covering cover over deliberate sin? Verse 2 answers this for us as it goes on to say that blessed is he whom the Lord does not hold guilty “and in whose spirit is no deceit.” If someone is claiming to be redeemed by God yet continues to sin willfully, then is such a person void of deceit? No, through his continued rebellion against God’s laws of holiness and love, it is obvious that his spirit harbors deceit –toward God, others, himself, or toward all three. Therefore, this verse (v. 2) along with its context about acknowledging one’s sins (v. 3-5), and it being in accordance with the whole counsel of Scripture, reminds us that those who sin deliberately are under God’s heavy hand, and if unrepentant, will forfeit the grace that could have been theirs. (Ps. ch. 32 // Jonah 2:8 // Heb. 10:26,27)

Let’s pay attention to what God’s Word is actually saying. Let’s not rely on men’s doctrines or on our own biases based on what deceived or rebellious teachers have taught us. Let’s instead read the Scriptures carefully and pay attention to the plain words and their context.

The Word of God does not teach unconditional forgiveness, pardon, and redemption. It teaches that those who believe the Gospel and adhere to it –that Gospel which teaches us, as well as enables us, to repent and walk righteously– is the way to be accepted and forgiven by God. –Now, on Judgement Day, and forever.

with love,

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