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If Jesus died for all our sins, past, present and future, does that mean that we are allowed to sin and we still go to heaven?
Thank you for your question about forgiveness of sins.
It is true that through Jesus’ death on the cross we can have forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7). It is also true that Jesus paid for all our sins, past, present and future (Hebrews 10:12). This is true of everyone who believes in Jesus; that all the sins they would ever commit are forgiven through Jesus’ death on the cross.
However, as wonderful as having forgiveness of our sins is, this is only a benefit of Jesus. Our main issue is that we are separated from a just and almighty God because of our sins (Romans 5:12). As a result of the fall of Adam (Genesis 3), we are lost. However, through Jesus Christ, he has made a way for us to be reconciled to the Father. This is the main work of the cross: that we are made right with God through Jesus.
The text from the video on our main page might help you understand more:
Jesus offers us new life. If we trust in Jesus we become one with him; we give him our sin and he deals with it on the cross. In return he gives us himself forever. Connected to him we enter the family of God and together we can know his Father as our Father, his Spirit as our Spirit and his future as our future.
If we are truly a follower of Christ, we know that when we sin we can ask for forgiveness, but why would we want to sin? Paul puts it bluntly: For you were called to freedom brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another (Galatians 5:13).
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:1-4)
In summary, it is true and wonderful that Jesus’ work on the cross allows us to have forgiveness of our sins, but this is only a benefit of Christ. Our ultimate need is a saving work in order that we can be reunited with our heavenly Father. The bible makes it clear that if we are a Christian, then sin is something that we want to distance ourselves from; being with Christ is far better than any sin!
I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video
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