So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
For example, have you considered what percentage of your sin was paid for by Jesus at the Cross? Was it 20%? 50%?
According to the Bible, it was 100%. All your sin was paid for at the cross.
Or what about this question: How much of your sin has been committed after Jesus paid for it on the cross?
Unless you’re more than 2000 years old, all of your sin has been committed after the cross.
It’s probably easy for you to understand that every sinful thing you’ve ever done was paid for by Jesus, but do you realize that every sinful thing you still have yet to do has already been paid for as well?
That’s a difficult concept for our time-conscious minds to grasp.
Not for Jesus though. When He died as the perfect sacrifice two thousand years ago, He knew the entire list of sins you would commit over the course of your life (even those you will commit ten, twenty, or thirty years from now), and His death covered every last one of them.
All the sins (past, present, and future) of all believers (past, present, and future) were paid for by His death.
It’s this complete payment of all sin for all eternity that allowed Jesus to proclaim “It is finished!”
No more guilt.
No more punishment.
No more condemnation.
No matter how much you’ve sinned (or will sin), if your faith is in Christ, it’s already been made right. No further justice or retribution will ever be required.
So from now on, when you sin, don’t beat yourself up and feel as if your sin is causing God to see you as unacceptable. I would encourage you instead to come before God with thankfulness:
- Thank Him that Jesus already paid for the sin you just committed.
- Thank Him that He loves and accepts you unconditionally in spite of the sin you still commit.
- Thank Him that He only sees the righteousness of Christ in you no matter how many times you still mess up.
Odds are good we all will continue to wrestle with sin in the years to come. But thanks to Jesus bending time and space to pay for our future sins with His past sacrifice, we can now run to God rather than fearing His condemnation.