Let it be known … that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, and everyone who believes in Him is justified from everything.—Acts 13:38-39
A feeling that the Devil likes to arouse in an unguarded heart is the feeling that when we have committed a sin, we will be rejected by God and have to forfeit our salvation. The Hebrew name “Satan” means “adversary,” and the Greek name for “devil” means “slanderer.” This gives us a pretty good idea of the nature of the evil one. He is never happier than when he is engaged in pointing the finger of scorn at us whenever we have failed.
It is part of the doctrine of the church that a Christian may sometimes fall into sin. We are saved, but we are still fallible. God forbid that we should fall into sin, but when we do, we must remember that “we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One” (1Jn 2:1).
You can be sure, however, that when you fall into sin, the Devil will come to you and say: “You were forgiven when you became a Christian because you sinned in ignorance, but now that you are a Christian, you have sinned against the light. There can be no forgiveness for you now because of what you have done. You are lost—forever!”
The answer to this, as with all of Satan’s accusations, is to put on the “armor of righteousness.” You must remind him that God’s righteousness not only covers us at our salvation but continues to cover us for time and eternity. Never allow the Devil to use a particular sin to call into question your whole standing before God. This is something that has been settled in heaven, not in the debating chamber of the Devil.
My Father and my God, my heart overflows at the revelation of Your full and free forgiveness. Help me not to take it for granted but to take it with gratitude. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Isa 43:25; 55:1-7; Eph 1:7-8; Ac 13:38; 1Jn 1:9
What does God do when He blots out our sin?
How does the Lord respond when we return to Him?