You Must Know You're Forgiven

I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His Name’s sake. 1 Jn. 2:12

We need to know in order to walk in God’s unmerited favor, we have to have an understanding of the complete and total forgiveness of our sins. FIRST, if you have no confidence that all your sins have been forgiven, then your eternal security and salvation will always be in question to you. SECONDLY, if you think that your sins were not fully dealt with at the cross, then you can never have the confidence to enjoy the Lord’s presence because you can never be sure if He is on your side, or if He is waiting to punish you for your failures.

You will constantly feel unworthy because of your assessment of your conduct, and you can never really have the boldness to ask for bigger and more important things, or believe that He will give you success in your life. THIRDLY, if you do not believe that Jesus has already forgiven all your sins, it means that when you fail, you will believe that you are not “right” with God and that fellowship with Him has been cut off.

And instead of depending on His unmerited favor to overcome your failure, you will feel that you need to confess your sin, be remorseful and make amends with God before you can restore fellowship with God and depend on Him again. It comes down to this: When you don’t have a clear sense of your complete forgiveness, you will constantly be on an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes, you feel that things between you and God are all right, but at other times, you don’t. Remember, God does not evaluate you based on your behavior. He sees only Jesus’ perfect work in you and that makes you look really good in His sight.

While He is always ready to bless you, give you favor and make you a success, unbelief in His finished work robs you of the ability to receive His goodness, His blessings, His unmerited favor, and His success in your life. The cross of Jesus alone is what qualified you. The new covenant is based entirely on His unmerited favor. There is nothing for you to do, nothing for you to perform, nothing for you to accomplish. Your part in the new covenant is just to have faith in Jesus and to believe that you are totally forgiven and free to enjoy the new covenant blessings through His FINISHED WORK. Thank you, Jesus.