So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law (Galatians 5:1).
For years, I had accepted the fact that Jesus paid for my sin on the cross, but every time I messed up I felt the need to earn God’s favor back and ask forgiveness for what I had just done.
I believed that my initial salvation came from the work of Jesus alone (saved by grace), but I also believed my continued salvation—and my acceptance by God—was a reward I maintained only if I was somehow good enough (saved by keeping the law).
I kept going back to the slavery of the law even though Christ had set me free from it.
But remember: When did Jesus pay for your sins? It was on the Cross.
And how many of your sins were done after the Cross? All of them.
Every one of your sins—past, present, and even future sins—were paid for 2000 years ago when Jesus said, “It is finished.”
When you accepted Christ’s payment for your sins, it was for all of them. Not just the ones you had committed up to the point of your initial salvation.
This idea that we need to keep coming back for forgiveness and make things right every time we sin is the same as telling Jesus we need Him to go back to the Cross and do it again.
It’s telling Jesus that what He did wasn’t enough.
This is why it is so important to understand how your behavior—no matter how sinful it may be—can never separate you from God’s love or acceptance once you have put your hope in the work of Christ.
Remember, Jesus is your only hope of freedom.
The minute you put your faith in Him, your balance was paid in full.
You were set free from the treadmill of trying to do enough good to overcome the inevitable junk that remains.
Trust this truth, and you will remain free.