Posted by: thaishin | March 8, 2017

Are my sins forgiven as far as the east is from the west?

Passages to be considered:

Psalms 103

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  -kjv

1 Corinthians 3

10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

-kjv

2 Corinthians 5

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.  -kjv

Question from moody radio listener on March 4, 2017:

My question is as we talk about repentance and asking for forgiveness of our sins, I am not sure where it is written but it says that as we repent, our sins are forgotten as far as the east is from the west, but then it also talks about how we would also stand in judgement. So, I am kind of confused on if I repent and I am aware of my sins, I assume that it is kind of immediate and my sins are forgiven and forgotten but then, still standing in judgement makes me think that maybe my sins are not forgotten as far as the east is from the west. It does not make sense.

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik :

You know the question is when God says that our sins are forgiven as far as the east is from the west, it says that in Psalms 103:12. This idea that God removes our sins is that when we are forgiven, it removes the penalty of sin. So, when it comes to penalty, when we stand before God, we are never going to be punished for the sins that we have committed because He has forgotten them in a sense that He has truly forgiven us. Now, the thing is God is omniscient, so He can choose to forget those sins, even as I would say when it comes to punishment. On the other hand, he is omniscient, so he still will know our sins. There’s no question that He knows that because He knows all things and the bible does say that one day we are going to stand before the judgement seat of Messiah. That is not about the penalty of sin, that has to do with rewards. There’s a  couple of passages that kind of direct us that way. In 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, it compares the things that we do in this life, our work to either wood, hay, straw or gold and silver and precious metals and jewels. If any one’s work survives the fire, he will receive a reward. If any one’s work is burnt up, it will be lost. Now, this is not really talking about sins, what is it talking about? That which we do to serve God. Some of us are doing stuffs for all sorts of reason. I am often concerned of my own motives in serving God, just want to be sure that I am doing this to serve Him, not to try to draw attention to myself. We don’t always know our motives but I am hoping, praying, longing to do any service with the Lord with the right motive. It that work is burnt up and that’s possible, we will be lost but in the last verse 15, he will be saved. I like the NASB puts it, yet he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. All our works will be burnt up but we will still be saved. So, it’s not a loss of salvation, it’s not God restoring the penalty for sin, he doesn’t but there will be a loss of reward, that’s what’s that talking about.  And then 2 Corinthians 5 describes that as the judgement seat of Messiah, where we stand at the bema seat and He determines what rewards we will receive. At the end of it all, even if we receive those rewards, we will toss them at His feet and says He deserves them all.

 

 

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