Do you believe that Christ can forgive any sin? 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Biblical hope can be wrapped up in two words, Jesus Christ. He is our hope and everything concerning Him is the basis of our hope. There is our hope of salvation through the redeeming blood of Christ that paid our debt for sin, forgiveness of sins with a full pardon and restoration to Christ (1Jn 1:9), and transformation to live a new life in Christ (2Cor 3:18). We also have hope for strength and provision through His death, burial and resurrection. (Php 3:10-11). Our lives have spiritual influence only when we impact others through the hope we have in Jesus living in us. (2Cor 2:12-14), We hope in the promise of eternal rewards, (Mt 25:21) and a heavenly dwelling place forever more (1Pet 3:3-5) with a perfect, glorified body ( 1 Jn 3:2). These are all found in one person, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was Paul who said, “Christ Jesus is our hope” (1Tim 1:1).
The Hope of Salvation
This Biblical hope of salvation is only in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is God incarnate, God who came to earth and took on the body of a man, lived perfectly, died the death we should have died, and rose three days later from the grave. He promised us that if by faith we believe He came, died, and rose again and if we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, then we are saved (Rom 10:13). It is not a hope so, maybe so, but it is based on the promise of our unchanging God. Salvation is based on a God who canceled the debts of our sins that were against us with the legal demands of death as the penalty for sin. These are sins that we should have died for, but instead God nailed our sins to the cross in the person of Jesus Christ as if it were He that committed them instead of us. God exchanged our sins through Christ and we received Christ’s righteousness back from God. What a fantastic deal!!! Col.2:13-15).
This hope is like faith, it is a hope that cannot be moved by circumstances or difficult situations in our lives. We are not wishing for something to happen. As believers, we know that the hope that we have is a solid, secure hope based on factual evidence found in the infallible Word of God, spoken and promised by a God who cannot lie (Heb 6:18; Num 23:19). Our faith is not based on, “I hope so” but rather “I know so.” This sure hope is found 68 times in the New Testament. Many of those times hope stands alone, yet other times we see it along with faith or with faith and love together with hope.
We claim the HOPE of salvation by claiming the promise of God, “Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord, will be saved.” Remember, this salvation is not “I hope so” but “I know so.” 1Jn 5:13 is clear that we can KNOW through the promise of His Word. This hope of salvation is based on the promises of a God who cannot lie!
The Hope of Forgiveness
Riding in tandem with the hope of salvation is the hope of forgiveness. Do you believe that God through Christ alone can forgive any sin? Is there any sin that is too great for Him to forgive?
You name the sin and apart from blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the great hope of forgiveness can erase all other sins. There is nothing that God’s grace and mercy and Christ’s blood cannot cover. Our forgiveness is founded on the hope of God’s promise in 1Jn 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” As we confess and repent of our sins daily (Ps 86:5), God promises to never withhold mercy, and He forgives those sins and restores to us the joy of our wonderful salvation (PS 51:12).
What a glorious hope and promise of His forgiveness based on His rich mercy and His unending grace. (Mic 7:18-19). This hope of forgiveness was not measured by our initiative in seeking God, but totally on God’s initiative in seeking us and providing redemption for us. It was very costly for Him. It cost God His only son. It cost Christ His life. He loved us even when we were unredeemed sinners by providing salvation through Jesus Christ, who died in our place (Rom 5:8).
God’s promise of forgiveness for us is a hope that is complete and thorough. It is a sure hope because He promises us that we are forgiven of sin forever, as far as the east is from the west (Ps 103:12). He buried our sins in the depth of the sea and remembers them NO MORE (Heb 8:12). God’s forgiveness is sure, and forevermore!
God wants us to embrace this hope, and to let it motivate us to Godly living. We must never let it go! This hope in the promises of God should be the foundation of our Christian Walk. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13).
God’s forgiveness is……..
- Judicial – read Ps 103:12
- Costly – read 1 Peter 1:18-19
- Free, Undeserved – read Ps 51:1
- Complete – read 1 Tim 1:15,16
- Eternal – read Heb 10:14
- Immediate – read Luke 23:41-43
- Enthusiastic – read Psalm 103:8
- Purifying – read Titus 2:14
- Reconciliatory – read 2 Cor 5:18-21