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Sin and salvation: Have you fallen far from redeeming grace? Pt 2

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 3:00 AMTamara Bailey

Last week, we sought to shed some light on the topic of God's redeeming grace and how far-reaching it is to those who have become slaves to sin.

This week, we will delve a little deeper into biblical teachings about the unpardonable sin.

Is there such a sin?

According to Pastor Charles Blythe, once an individual confesses his sins, God will forgive.

"The issue here is not whether there is an unpardonable sin. the question is whether there is a sin-pardoning and forgiving God. If the answer to this question is yes, then certainly, it is evident that this sin-pardoning God has the ability to forgive any sin and every sin. Forgiveness is what God does. confession is what we do."

He added, "I challenge anyone who argues against the existence and finiteness of God to offer one solution that provides a comprehensive and complete solution to mankind's worst dilemma."

No other philosophy, god, religion or theory, he says, has the inherent finite qualities capable of originating life or destroying life, and "it is this same creative and omnipotent God who also has the ability to command sin to have no power over man".

"The only sin God cannot forgive is the one we fail to confess. It is called the sin against the Holy Ghost because God the Holy Spirit is the One who convicts us of sin, and through the voice of conscience, prompts us to confess. To reject such promptings is to reject God and the forgiveness He offers. That is why it becomes unpardonable because as we see here, He is the only one with the power to forgive, and thus our rejection of Him means the rejection of the forgiveness ..."

With the freedom of choice given to us, Blythe says it is our conscious decision to choose between good and evil that will determine whether we make it into the kingdom of heaven.

"Romans chapter 8:1 states: 'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, hath made me free from the law of sin and death'.

"It is the work of the Holy Spirit to impress upon us our constant need for the salvation and forgiveness that Christ offers. This provision is open and available to all who desire it and seek it. God has no favourites."

He further said: "Christ has made every provision for us to be saved. The only requirement is that we surrender all to Him and accept His plan for our lives. The plan of salvation is what Christ does for us in His incarnational ministry, sacrifice on Calvary, and resurrection from the dead. Each of us accesses this salvation by exercising our faith in Him and accepting the provision He offers freely. Everyone can receive it if he or she chooses."

 

SEEK FORGIVENESS

 

"Some individuals think if they seek forgiveness and continuously commit a sin then ultimately, God will stop forgiving them, but this, according to two scriptural references, is not true. 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness', 1 John 1: 9.

"He says in 1 John 2: 1, 2: 'My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world'.

"So in the end, it is not the fact that we sin why many will fail to enter the kingdom. it is because we fail to seek forgiveness and surrender totally to God."

Is there anything we should do or any work we should perform?

"Yes. It is called surrender complete and total surrender. When we surrender to Him, we accept all of Him, including allowing Him to live out His will in our lives. We no longer fight or struggle to live right on our own because He does His good works in us because He now lives in us."

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