Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment, and cast lots. (Luke 23:34)


Forgiveness of sins is one of the great themes of the Bible, which says so much about it that it would take volumes to adequately deal with the subject. It will suffice to say that the blood of Jesus is what provided us with forgiveness of sins. His sacrifice was so great that it outweighed all our sins for all time. It covered all the sins of the world—past, present, and future.

Most Christians have the concept that the sins they committed before they professed faith in Christ are forgiven at salvation, but any sins they commit after salvation are not forgiven until they repent and ask for forgiveness. This is not the case. All our sins—past, present, and future—were forgiven through the one offering of Jesus. If God can’t forgive future sins, then none of us can be saved because Jesus only died once, nearly two thousand years ago, before we had committed any sins. All our sins have been forgiven.

Being forgiven for all time is one of God’s greatest gifts to His children. We can proceed with our lives in confidence that even if we do miss it or fall to temptation, He still loves us and forgives us. All we have to do is turn to Him, be washed by His Word, and begin to walk in the Spirit again. A lot of people hear this and say, “Well, you’re just telling Christians it’s all right to sin.” On the contrary, when believers understand the full extent of God’s forgiveness, it gives them an even greater desire not to sin.

It is through the riches of God’s grace that you received forgiveness for your sins and continue to receive that forgiveness when you need it. That is one of the great blessings and the strong confidence you can walk in today.