Call-In Classic Christianity Radio – Bob George P702 (01-21-22)
God Has Forgiven You of All Your Sins!
John called from Phoenix. He had a question in regards to the blessed assurance. He was worried about one particular verse of scripture. It scared him to think God may say, ‘I never knew you’ based on some of his sins.
Bob clears it up. Salvation is being saved from death. For the wages of sin is death. When Jesus went to the cross, he took away the sins of the world. All your sins were future when Jesus died on the cross. With God there is no past, present and future when it comes to dealing with sins on the cross. Jesus took ALL your SINS away.
Now, a person that has accepted Jesus by faith has eternal life. It’s a life and death issue today.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
As far as the verses in Matthew 7, they are dealing with people that are not saved. People will say to God, “didn’t you see all the miracles I performed in your name?” and Jesus will say, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” They never accepted Jesus as their God for what He actually did for them.
The only sin that is attributable to man is the rejection of Jesus and what Jesus has done on the cross for them. When a person comes to Christ Jesus, by faith, for who Jesus is (God in flesh), for what Jesus did for them (forgave them of all of their sins), and for His resurrected life living in them, then they are saved. They have life eternal. And the reason they are saved eternally is because of the eternal consequence of the cross.
You can not attribute salvation to what you do. You can only attribute salvation to what He has done for you. When a person places faith in Him and the finished work He did on the cross for them, they have eternal life.
Reminder, salvation is life, it is not getting your sins forgiven. We are saved by the Life of Jesus, not by His death.
10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Now as a child of the living God, He is going to teach you to allow Him to live His life in and through you.
Maurice the second caller called from Phoenix, Arizona. He had a question in regards to being single minded vs being double minded.
Bob explains that being single-minded means to keep our eye focus on Jesus. The world teaches we should do this or that or believe this or believe that, and latching on to the things of the world is we become double minded. God teaches us one thing, but the world and others try to teach us differently. Instead we need to focus on the things of God, and His righteousness.
Vince called from Taylor, Michigan. He wanted to know Bob George’s opinion on the ecumenical movement.
Bob points out that joining any movement like that people then become compromises. The idea of getting everyone together no matter what the cause is, then that means people are compromising on things that are true. Not to mention, that many of these people that come from different religions don’t even accept Jesus. The bible calls these people antichrist. So why would we want to have any thing to do with antichrist? Why would we want to fellowship with antichrists in some sort of ecumenical movement?
1 John 2:22
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
2 Corinthians 6:14
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
Vince has appreciated Bob’s answers over the years and was thankful for his answer this day too.
The fourth caller Beno called from Detroit Michigan. He was trying to understand how Jesus is our intercessor, if it is indeed true that all our future sins had been forgiven.
Bob explains that Satan is constantly going into the presence of God and accusing us day and night. It’s like if we do some sin down here, and Satan goes up there and accuses us to God, saying, “didn’t you see what he just did there.” And Jesus intercedes for us and tells Satan that the sin has been taken care of at the cross.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, “Now have come salvation and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night.
34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
We know that all of our sins have been taken away from the eyes of God never to be counted against us ever again.
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
1 John 2:22 KJV
22 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
2 Corinthians 5:19
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
Yet Satan continually goes up there, maybe thinking there is a crack in the argument, and accuses the brethren before God. And Jesus keeps on interceding on our behalf saying it is taken care of.
Beno said he was so thankful for Bob’s ministry and mentioned that he had purchased Bob’s book, Classic Christianity.
James called from Little Rock, Arkansas. He had a question about forgiveness, and what some additional understanding on not bringing up a sin again.
1 Corinthians 13:5
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Bob explains about God’s forgiveness to begin with. If God has forgiven us completely, never to count our sins against us ever again, is He going to bring up our sins again? The answer is, why of course not. Love and forgiveness go hand in hand.
Likewise, when we have forgiven a person, love and forgiveness go hand in hand and we are not to bring up the sin again. There isn’t anything more damaging in a relationship, especially a marriage relationship, where the person says, “I forgive you” but then they keep bringing it up repeatedly and throwing up in your face for the rest of your life. That is not Love! And nether is it forgiveness. If you have truly forgiven someone, and walking in Love, then Love keeps no records of wrongs.
Furthermore, we need to understand that our forgiveness of others can take some time. Sometimes there are things that it simply takes time for us in our humanity to forgive another person. But don’t beat yourself up over that either that you still have not forgiven them. Tell the person that you are working on the forgiveness issue yourself if they feel that you haven’t forgiven them. Don’t lie to them and tell them you forgive them if you haven’t forgiven them.
Keep in mind, that if a person is in some form of abusive relationship, then that is something entirely different.
The main issue was on the forgiveness issue with others that have sinned against us. Eventually we will be able to forgive as Christ Jesus has forgiven you.
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
The next caller was Eric, calling from Huston, Texas. His question was on which bible version was best?
Bob explains that the original writings were in Hebrew and Greek. All our translations were translations of the original writings, with some translations being done with the translation on top of another translation. Nothing in a translation is inerrant. That is something we need to be aware of.
Sandra called from San Diego, California. She was dealing with bitterness issues in her life. She explained that sometimes something would occur in her life and she would have bitter thoughts over it out of seemingly nowhere.
Bob explains to her that if bitterness wasn’t in us, it wouldn’t come out of us. Circumstances don’t cause our nature, they reveal our nature. In essence, you couldn’t stir up beans in a pot, if there weren’t beans in there to begin with. And so, if you didn’t have bitterness in you, you couldn’t get it out of you. And so circumstances just reveal this to us. We need to recognize what is going on. In the scheme of things, what does it really matter if someone insulted you? What does it matter from eternity’s standpoint? So we need to give that to the Lord, and say to Him, “I’ve been bitter over this long enough and it is over, and it isn’t worth thinking about anymore.” And then, begin praying for the person that made you bitter.
We can’t forgive in the flesh. We have to understand that we are in the Spirit. Regardless of what my flesh says, my spirit who is with God’s Spirit has already forgiven them. Satan will try and waste our time with our focus on the bitterness issue the same way as the forgiveness issue toward others.
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