Listen to these insightful, liberating words from your Spiritual Bridegroom today:
“My spotless bride, if you believe that I forgave all the sins of your past the moment you believed into Me, but from then on you have to remember and ask My forgiveness for each one, your focus will be shifted away from what I have already accomplished for you to what you must do to remain in “good standing” with Me.”
“The best news ever is that I forgave the sins of your entire lifetime the moment you first believed.”
“Christians who believe that lifetime forgiveness of sins is just too good to be true will often highlight one verse from the first letter that My apostle John wrote as the basis for their belief.”
“They use this verse outside of its context to try and prove that believers have to keep asking Me for forgiveness in order to stay clean: ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ (1 John 1:9).”
“A conundrum, however, is presented just thirteen verses later: ‘I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake’ (1 John 2:12).”
“These two verses cannot possibly be true at the same time—unless they are addressed to two different audiences.”
“In the first verse, John was appealing to Gnostics to believe in Me and be saved.”
“Gnostics were those who had infiltrated the early church and believed that they had no sin.”
“In contrast, the second verse is unmistakably addressing believers—’little children’ whose sins have already been forgiven for My name’s sake.”
“Those who teach that believers have been forgiven for the sins of their lifetime often get accused of giving Christians a green light to sin.”
“This is almost laughable to Me—as if sinning is what those who are joined to Me really want to do.”
“Inherent in the believer’s new ‘heart-ware’ are desires that perfectly match Mine.”
“When you fully understand that you have been made clean forever, regardless of what you do or don’t do, you will celebrate the liberating realization that you really don’t want to sin.”
“Your new heart’s desire is to express My cherishing love, exuberant joy, perfect peace, enduring patience, overflowing kindness, all-encompassing goodness, unwavering faithfulness, compassionate gentleness, and self-control at all times.”
Dear reader, what difference would it make in your life if you understood the vital truth that the new-and-only you does not want to sin?
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