Is It Really Possible for Me to be Fully Forgiven? (GLMX #420)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #420 titled, “Can I Be Forgiven?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
In an out-of-the-way cemetery an unmarked tombstone bears the single word, Forgiven. A person can’t help wondering, who was forgiven and by whom? What happened that caused someone to leave that message forever engraved upon his tombstone?
The secret of that tombstone has long been buried. But one thing is certain, the need for forgiveness will always exist, since we all fail to live up to our word and others’ expectations of us at one time or another.
What is more serious is that we have failed to live up to what God expects of us! No one is able to perfectly keep God’s commandments. The Bible states it simply in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. The Bible also says in Isaiah 59:2, “Your iniquities [sins] have separated between you and your God”. Our disobedience separates us from our Creator. We need His forgiveness.
But how can we know that God will forgive us? How could a perfectly just and righteous God overlook our sin? Our situation would be impossible if God had not settled the issue Himself. He sent His Son—Jesus Christ—to earth to become a man, live a perfectly sinless life, and ultimately give His life for you and me.
On the cross where Jesus died, He took the punishment for sin that we deserved. The Bible says God made Jesus to be sin for us, the One “who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. Then Jesus rose from the tomb and came back to life three days later and was seen by hundreds of people.
Can I Be Sure?
Because of what Jesus has accomplished, it is possible to know that God will forgive you and one day receive you into Heaven. You can have the assurance of God’s forgiveness by making the following choices:
Recognize that your sins have separated you from God. In honest repentance agree with God about your sinfulness and admit your need for forgiveness: The Bible states in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
Realize that God loves you, and believe that the sinless Jesus Christ died for your sins—taking the punishment you deserve: The Bible states in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
In response to your trust, God promises you eternity with Him! Receive Jesus Christ into your life by faith as your Savior from sin’s consequences. When you respond to God’s offer of forgiveness in faith, you can know that He has forgiven you. God’s Book, the Bible, promises in John 1:12 that “as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”.
If that is your heart’s desire, if you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
Are you forgiven?
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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