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Every One Who Believes in Him Has Received…

February 20, 2019


Every One Who Believes in Him Has Received…

We have a promise  from God Almighty  that many unbelievers vehemently deny.     One example  of this promise is found  in Acts 10:43,  where Peter was preaching  to a house full  of Gentiles.     There,  Peter said about Jesus,

Of Him [i.e. Jesus] all the prophets bear witness  that through His name  every one  who believes  in Him  has received  forgiveness of sins.

This is plain and simple — and  to the point.     It is  “believing”  in Jesus that gives forgiveness  and saves us eternally.     When we trust  that Jesus  is the long-promised Savior,  who takes away all our sins,  we are saved.     Jesus Himself says  in Mark 16:16,

He who has believed  and has been baptized  shall be saved;  but he who has disbelieved  shall be condemned.

Believing in Jesus saves — unbelief condemns eternally.     It is vital to note  that there is not  a long list of conditions  attached to  the forgiveness  that Jesus gives.     Jesus does not demand  proof  of our repentance,  hot tears during our confession,  or a ton of good works  that will show our sincerity.      There are no  “ifs”,  “ands”,  or  “buts”  attached to the forgiveness Jesus gives immediately.

Jesus forgives us  the way He wants us  to forgive others.     When someone sins against us,  Jesus instructs us  in Luke 17:4,

And  if  he sins against you  seven times a day,  and returns  to you  seven times,  saying,  ‘I repent,’   forgive him.

Jesus does not tell us  that we have sinned too many times  to be forgiven,  or that we are not repentant enough  or that  we have not done enough good works  to deserve His forgiveness.     Jesus forgives us right away — just because we believe  in Him,  trust  in His love,  and ask for forgiveness.

It is all like Paul tells us  in Romans 10:9-11,

If you confess  with your mouth  Jesus as Lord,  and believe  in your heart  that God raised Him  from the dead,  you shall be saved;  for with the heart  man believes,  resulting in righteousness,  and with the mouth  he confesses,  resulting in salvation.

For the Scripture says,  “whoever believes  in Him  will not be disappointed.”

Those who believe  in Jesus,  and entrust their souls  into His loving care  are saved eternally.     Jesus’  forgiveness  is immediate,  powerful,  and eternal.

If someone tries to convince  us  that we are not saved  because we are not repentant and sorry enough —  that we have not properly confessed our sins — that we have not stopped sinning — or that we haven’t done enough good works  to prove  that we are living a changed life — we are not  to go  on the guilt trip  they are trying  to put us on.

When God’s word tells us  we are forgiven  by believing  in Jesus,  that is what God wants us  to trust in.     John 3:16 “For God so loved the world,  that He gave His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life.”

We have been relieved  of our burden of sin  because Jesus’ death  on the cross  paid the full penalty  for all our sins.     That is exactly why Jesus is called  our Redeemer.     He paid  for our sins.     It is done — finished.     Colossians 1:13-14  says,

For He delivered us  from the domain  of darkness,  and transferred us  to the kingdom  of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption,  the forgiveness of sins.

Our sins are already paid for  by Jesus Christ.     We no longer have  to bear the burden  of our sins.     Believe it  because  God is holy  and has proven He is trustworthy.

Resting  in God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for Your grace and mercy  in forgiving me  so willingly.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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