“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”(Eph. 1:7).
God’s Word is very clear on the subject of forgiveness of sins.
Forgiveness of sin is actually one’s freedom or liberty from one’s committed sins and their corresponding punishment or judgment.
Jesus Christ did not shed His blood on the cross only for our past sins; His blood was shed for both our past sins (redemption and remission of sin) and all the sin we might ever commit in the future (forgiveness), while we fellowship, live and move and have our being in Him.
John, the apostle puts this obvious and understandable, when he said;
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”(1 John 2:1-2).
This Scripture above surely indicates that a child of God who is now growing in Christ is not supposed to sin, but he may mistakenly commit sin at certain times. Sin is a miss of the mark.
The Greek rendering of the word translated sin in 1John 2:1 is ‘hamartano’, which simply means (to miss the mark, to err, to offend, trespass or make a mistake).
John wrote this epistle to the early Christians to encourage them to be strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; never letting sin hold them down.
He does not mean that a Christian should freely sin because of grace, but, rather, a Christian should much more diligently resist sinful acts, and yet, he should not despair because he sinned.
That’s because, we have an advocate (a lawyer, our counsel for the defense) and sanctifier, Christ Jesus the Righteous who is our perpetual intercessor and had made a perpetual atonement for all our sins and errors and causes us to be completely acceptable to the Father by reason of His shed blood for our wrongs.
John exhorts us not to sin; yet, he encourages those who sin by reason of their immaturity to take advantage of the fact that Jesus Christ is the perpetual propitiation or atonement for our sins.
As we consciously make the effort to live by God’s Word, we may in one way or another offend or commit sin. James said,
“For we all go wrong in a number of things… (BBE) (James 3:2).
The good news is this: God is ever ready to forgive us of all our offenses (sins), because Jesus Christ already paid the penalty for them.
Trust the LORD for absolute forgiveness of all sins.