Forgiven!

Forgiven!
“By the which will we are sanctified (made holy) through the offering (sacrifice) of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Hebrews 10:10 KJV (Brackets mine)
 
Jesus was the Lamb of God that took away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Through the sacrifice of His body, He has made us holy. We do not make ourselves holy – He has made us holy. Holiness is not something we become; it’s who we are because of what Jesus has done for us. In our spirits, we are perfectly holy. When we realize that we are holy, and when we focus on that holiness that is given to us, we will start to see it affect our souls (emotions, decisions) and bodies (actions). We are holy, in Christ.
 
“He is the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
1 John 2:2 ESV (Brackets mine)
 
Jesus was the atoning sacrifice (the payment, or sacrifice that satisfied God’s wrath against sin). The sin problem has been dealt with. Sin no longer separates you – or anyone else – from God. Sin has been dealt with – not only for believers but for the whole world. There is no longer a sin problem between man and God.
 
“That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them…”
2 Corinthians 5:19 ESV
 
Sin was a problem. But through Jesus, God was reconciling the world to Himself – resolving the sin problem and re-establishing a close relationship between Himself and mankind, and not holding men’s sin against them. God dealt with the sin problem. Sin does not send a person to hell – because sin has been paid for through Jesus’ sacrifice. A person’s rejection of Jesus is what sends them to hell, not sin. The worst unbeliever that ever lived was as forgiven as Mother Teresa was. The difference is that one accepted the gift of salvation in Jesus, and the other didn’t.
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