When it comes to true believers (followers of Jesus Christ), is Jesus really enough to satisfy God for every sin, past, present, and future? I love how Christians, rightfully so, teach that Jesus died for our sins. But is there some contradiction in their teaching?
I almost daily hear them say things like ‘broken fellowship’, and ‘unheard prayers’ as a result of sin (even to those who rarely sin). Listen, I agree, sin is bad. We need to do everything in our power to avoid it. Sin never fulfills us. We are only happy when we walk in the Spirit. But, we all stumble in many ways, and my question is, ‘is Jesus enough?’ Is He enough to take care of our sin problem?
I hate sin and I would never condone it. But, in light of what Jesus did on the cross (paid for our sins) when a believer sins, are we right to say our fellowship is broken? Are we right to say God turns His back on us? Most of this theology comes from the old testament, but doesn’t the new covenant seem to change it? Are we forgiven of our sins or not? Are they remembered, or not? Are they taken away as far as the east is from the west or not? In other words, Jesus DIED on a cross, and His blood was considered propitiation (to satisfy a Deity) for our sins….did it work, or not?
What can we learn from Hebrews 8:8-13?
“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a NEW covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
9 It will NOT be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did NOT remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned AWAY from them,
declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will FORGIVE their wickedness
and will remember their sins NO MORE.”
13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
I would NEVER encourage sin. Sin, in all forms, is bad. So, I am not supporting a life of sin. In fact, if someone sins and has no desire to turn, well, maybe he/she really is not a new creation. A born again believer. BUT, we’re not talking about unbelievers. My question is ‘if one is a true believer, is the death of Jesus enough payment for sins?’
The wages of sin is death. Not broken fellowship. Not unheard prayers. Death. So, is Jesus enough? When I ask this question, I’m not asking is it okay to sin. I hate sin, and I teach that we should avoid sin. I’m asking is 'did what Jesus do on the cross actually pay for our sins?' Did it fix the lack of fellowship? Did it bridge the gap that once separated us?
I just feel like sometimes we're saying ‘Jesus died for our sins, unless we sin’.
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