Going Deeper with the Message:
Fullness of Forgiveness
by: Ben Biles
One of the most devastating things that can happen to a believer, or really anyone seeking to know God, is misunderstanding God’s forgiveness. I’ve heard countless stories of nonbelievers and believers alike who think that the mistakes they’ve made in their lives have placed them outside of God’s ability to forgive. In their minds, God must be willing to forgive minor mistakes, but not major ones. Our concept of God’s forgiveness is often too small. For a more complete understanding, I’m offering three aspects of Forgiveness: Fullness, Finality, and Family.
God’s forgiveness is full in the sense that it covers all sins across all times. This was Kevin’s main takeaway on Sunday: “God’s love is so big that through Jesus all our sins—past, present, and future are forgiven.” His death covered over every sin that has ever been done or will be done. Hebrews 10:12 says, “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.” For you, that means that there is no sin that is left unforgiven. Even the mistakes you’ll make in the future are already forgiven in Christ.
God’s forgiveness is also final. There is nothing that can alter or change the forgiveness He offers. Once we believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins, that forgiveness cannot be removed or taken away. There was nothing we could do to earn God’s forgiveness and, in the same way, there is nothing we can do to lose that forgiveness. It is final and forever.
God’s forgiveness brings us into His family. Kevin mentioned our positional forgiveness in Christ. That is, though we were once sinners who were alienated from God, He has forgiven us and we now live in relationship with God. We are transformed from enemies of God into children of God. John 1:12 says, “But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name.” As children of God, we experience the fullness of His grace and love now and into eternal life. Our forgiveness allows us to live in freedom as His children, enjoying His presence, power, and provision in our own lives.
Our responsibility now is to live out of this forgiveness and let go of past mistakes and related feelings of shame and guilt. In any and every situation, God is welcoming you into a greater and deeper relationship with Himself. No sin should hold you back, for you are forgiven. So, live free in Christ.