I’m sure if you are a believer this title caught your eyes and was ready to argue the point. Now hear me out. If you believe in the Bible and believe what it says from the beginning to the end, I think you will agree with me at the end of this hub, or maybe not.
Perhaps the first scripture that comes to your mind is “Romans 6:23 (NIV) 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Or, “Romans 3:23 (NIV) 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Yes these scriptures are true, for those who do not live and follow Christ. The man or woman sitting in prison for murder, their sins have already been forgiven, rather they have asked for God’s forgives or not. The liar, who is still lying every time his mouth opens, he has already been forgiven. And at this point as I am typing this hub, an atheist life his/hers sins has already been forgiven, rather they have asked God’s forgiveness or not.
Okay drop that rock out of your hand and still wait for the end. The word of God says in “Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were STILL SINNERS, Christ died for us.” Every one of those types of people I just described is STILL SINNERS but God still loves them.
So because of the love that God has he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for them, you and me. Through Jesus’ death he paid the price for our sin. God placed all his anger towards sin (Not the sinner) on Jesus. And because of that, we consider what Jesus did on the cross as a gift, gift of salvation. Jesus died once and for all, he dose not need to return to the cross every time someone asks for forgiveness. But what we must do to be saved is to repent and receive the gift of salvation.
So what makes the murder, liar, and atheist and possibly you different although their sins have been forgiven? They must receive the gift of salvation same as you and I. Receiving it or rejecting the gift makes the difference.
“Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;”
Sin is not what keeps you out of heaven, it has already been forgiven; it’s rejecting the gift of salvation.
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