Wow, I can’t begin to tell you how many opinions this question has. Some believe if we sin enough, we can lose our salvation, others believe we fall away but can come back again, and some believe it’s all been done on the cross, and thereby salvation can not be lost. What category do I fit in? If you’ve read my blog long enough, you’ll probably guess the third one.
This whole idea that we can lose our salvation is really contradicting what Christ did on the cross. Jesus died for ALL sins, past, present, future, so if we say we can lose our salvation, doesn’t that mean there are sins Christ didn’t die for? And then, what sins send us to Hell, and what ones don’t?
I think sometimes, we just don’t understand the glorious love of Christ, and I’m one who has underestimated His love for me more than I can count. We tend base Christ’s love on the way we love, and it’s far from unconditional. I’ll love you if love me back, or I’ll love you if you don’t annoy me. Our love is very conditional, but Christ’s isn’t, which is truly amazing.
When Jesus took His final breath, He said, “It is finished.” He’d completed what He had come to do, and that was to save us. No amount of sin or unrighteousness will ever take that away.
So can we sin and expect forgiveness, even after we have willingly done it? I’m going to step on a lot of toes, but yes, I believe we can. I believe Christ will always forgive us. Does that give us the excuse to do whatever we want and get away with it? The answer is no. Sin will eventually destroy us if we continue to willingly partake in it and avoid God altogether. But the good news is that when we accepted the blood of Christ, He gave us a new life. The old has passed away, and the new has come. The old patterns of life are gone, and we now live in the death of Jesus, washed in His blood, and that’s what He sees. We may do things that are wrong, and sometimes we even want to do things that are wrong, but we can always expect forgiveness, because our relationship with Him isn’t dependent on our actions, but His.
We sometimes believe that when we sin, we feel like we’re being separated from God, and while it can feel like that, He’s always there waiting, tugging, whispering, “I love you my son, I love you my daughter, and I want you to come home.”
One of my favourite stories is the parable of the prodigal son. It’s about this boy who runs from his father and sins against him and Heaven, which is probably the worst one can do, and yet when the boy returns with his head to the ground, the father runs out with open arms. In all the time the boy had run into sin not once did he lose the title of his father’s son. We’re God’s children, called into His family; and families may part ways, but they’ll always be a son or daughter. They’ll always a brother and sister, and it’s the same with Christ. We were called into God’s family when we believed and accepted Christ’s gift of salvation that was given to all.
That’s what I love about my God: I’m eternally His. And though it sometimes may feel like I’ve run from Him, He’s always there and He never hesitates to forgive. Because my salvation is not dependent on what I’ve done, but on what He has done for me. You don’t hold your salvation, He does. If we could live the sinless life, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die.
The last thing I want to look at on this subject is: should we confess our sins to God? When we fall away, yes. Why? Not because He stopped loving or forgiving, but because He wants to have fellowship with you again. He wants you to speak to Him, depend on Him again. So we’re not losing our salvation if we fall away, we’re running from His fellowship, and He’s always there waiting, wanting more than anything that you would return, and soon enough you’ll find that you just can’t help but fall back into His embrace.
And the best news of all? Sin can no longer separate us because we’ve been washed as white as snow in the blood of Jesus. And when God looks at us, He sees only the redeeming blood of His son.