Living By Faith

Question 25 - Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?

May 18, 2022 Speaker: Josh DeGroote Series: New City

Topic: Jesus Christ Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:21–5:21

Question 25 - Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?

Answer 25 - Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ’s righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more. 

All our sins can be forgiven. For the Christian, for the one who is in Christ, the one who has repented and trusted in the Savior, there is not one sin - past, present, or future that is not forgiven. What Jesus accomplished is already done and cannot be undone. Listen to the answer again: Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin. 

The last words of Christ on the cross were “It is finished” or “paid in full”. The price has been paid to satisfy God’s justice, cancel the debt of our sin with its penalty. But then God also imputes Christ’s righteousness to us. The word “impute” is all important. It sounds like “impart” but is very different and it’s important we understand the difference and historically 

The word impute refers to the legal crediting of the perfect righteousness of Jesus to believers by faith for justification. It is imputed in that it is credited as ours and so we are counted righteous and made right on the basis of the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ. And so, because of this imputation of Christ’s righteousness, God accepts us and treats us as if the righteousness of Christ were our own even though in ourselves, we are not righteous. 

The word impart would indicate that there is righteousness imparted to us or worked into us. This certainly happens as the Holy Spirit of God works in our hearts post-justification, making us more like Christ day by day. Imputation happens without any reference to a change in our behavior and living. Impartation is the work of God in us to enable us to grow in righteous behavior and living.

Because of the full payment made for the penalty of sin and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, God indeed remembers our sins no more. Of course, this does not mean that God, who is omniscient has actually intellectually forgotten them.  

But rather that because God has so decisively dealt with our sins in Christ, they (our sins) will not be remembered against us in judgment. They have been buried in the bottomless ocean, removed as far as the east is from the west. So, does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven? READ ANSWER. Christian, remember this. Rejoice in this. 

2 Corinthians 5:21 - For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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