Many Christians cannot accept that ALL of our sins (past, present, future in terms of our own life time) are forgiven.
Their favourite argument is this: "If all your sins are already forgiven, does that mean you can sin all you want? You can kill somebody and still go to heaven?"
The short answer to that: YES!!!
In fact, you get to heaven FASTER after you get caught by the police and receive the death sentence from the High Court judge (we have the death sentence in Singapore for the information of readers outside Singapore).
I am not being flippant here. I repeat: You Can Sin All You Want!
The key word here is WANT. After you receive the gift of forgiveness from and reconciliation with Daddy God, do you still WANT to sin?
You say, "But even after becoming a Christian, we still sin." Of course we do, because the flesh is still with us. Paul talks about his struggle with sin in Romans 7.
Rom 7:18-21 (NLT)
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.
19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.
20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.
Notice that Paul WANTS to do what is good and right. Although you can sin all you want because you are eternally forgiven, I submit that if you are truly a Christian, you will be just like Paul; you will WANT to do what is good and right.
Since the church is depicted as the bride of Christ, let me use the analogy of a wedding ceremony to illustrate:
The bridegroom and the bride are standing before the pastor, facing each other and preparing for their marriage vows.
The bridegroom says to the bride," I will love you with all my heart, my soul and my strength. I will never be angry with you. I will forgive you of whatever wrongs you do to me, even adultery!"
Upon hearing this, the bride smiles happily, pumps her fist and shouts, "YES!!!" Then she turns her head towards to the best man and winks at him.
Is that what you expect the bride to do? You will question whether the bride truly loves the bridegroom in the first place.
When the bride appreciates how much she is loved by the bridegroom, she will love him back and will want to do what is pleasing to him.
1John 4:19 (KJV)
19We love him, because he first loved us.
Similarly, when you truly appreciate how much God loves you, you will not want to sin but rather you will want to do what is good and right. You may fail now and then but not because you want to.
When you do fail, know that you are already forgiven. Pick yourself up, slap the dust off your body and start afresh.
You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!