One of the saddest things that I see in the church today is people constantly asking for forgiveness from God.
Forgiveness has already been bestowed upon us because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1 v 7 says that we have already been forgiven through the shedding of His blood; we have been redeemed or purchased because of His performance.
There is nothing in this verse about what you have to do to receive forgiveness.
Every verse under the New Covenant (after the death and resurrection of Jesus) that talks about forgiveness tells us it is a past event and is a truth because of the work of Jesus (Colossians 1 v 14 and 1 John 2 v 2 to name two other verses)
(One verse, 1 John 1 v 9, seems to contradict this, however I will discuss this in a later DIG).
You live in a state of forgiveness because of what He has already done, there is no need for you to ask for forgiveness.
You now live in a state of justification and redemption as a gift of grace through the work of Jesus (Romans 3 v 24).
There is actually nothing left for you to receive forgiveness for as Jesus dealt with your sin once and for all two thousand years ago (Hebrews 9 v 26 and Hebrews 8 v 12 and 13).
Is there anything that you need to do about forgiveness you may ask.
Yes, there is; thank the Lord for your forgiveness every day and then live a life as if you have been forgiven.
Live in the freedom that Jesus has bought for you and never return to the bondage of pleading for forgiveness (Galatians 5 v 1).
Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus Christ I now live in a state of justification, redemption and absolute and complete forgiveness”.
Ephesians 1 v 7…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace