A listener sent me a
quote from something they recently read on Facebook. And we all know that
everything on Facebook is true.
"People die and go to
Hell every day having their sins PAID FOR but no one dies and goes to Hell
having their sins FORGIVEN. Forgiveness is not granted until the gift has
So let me get this
straight. God is still holding the sins he paid for against
Unfortunately the person
who wrote this thinks our sins were PAID FOR but not forgiven. A statement
that defeats itself.
Sin that's paid for, is
sin that's forgiven. If a debt is paid, the debt is forgiven, otherwise the
debt would still be owed.
Having sins paid for but
not forgiven is judicially impossible. God could not have rightfully said
that all the worlds sins were paid for but still being held against them.
God cannot hold you accountable for something that is paid for. -That is
When I first read this I
Imagined myself in Gods court room and him saying "Mr. Searcy, your debt
has been paid. Now lock him up!"
Debt forgiveness is also
known as debt CANCELLATION.
God did not accept a
payment to only then turn around and require us to believe it in order to
make the payment valid. The payment is valid with or without our belief of
Websters says "forgiven"
means to grant relief from payment; to forgive a
Websters got it right.
In biblical context BOTH paid
forgiveness are synonymous. (Luke 7:42)
Christ paid the sin debt
and God was satisfied. If a paid for debt was still unforgiven then God
would not have been satisfied. And make no mistake, God has NEVER been
satisfied with sin.
2 Corinthians 5:19 tells
us that "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not
imputing their trespasses unto them;"
Not imputing means no
longer being charged-to
On the merit of Christ
and his cross-work accomplishment, sins are no longer imputable to our
If God is "not imputing"
our sins unto us, then he is no longer charging them to us. -It's just that
The world has been
conciliated (made compatible).
A truth that most
haven't heard because almost no one preaches it.
The world is not saved
but READY to be.
Sin had to be taken out
of the way and it was. Now, what the world needs is FAITH. Faith in the
finished cross-work of the risen Lord and savior.
Now back to the rest of
the quote. "Forgiveness is not granted until the gift has been
No, SALVATION is not
granted until the gift has been accepted.
The author of the quote
is wrong again.
Forgiveness was granted
almost two thousand years ago, and is not waiting on ANYONE to accept
salvation are NOT the same thing.
You cannot be saved
without being forgiven, but you CAN be forgiven without being
A common hurdle some
cannot get over is that getting sins forgiven does not equal salvation.
This is why universalists have it
God had to FIRST take
care of the sin issue, and did so via Christ on the cross. Christ died one
time for every-persons every-sin. Forgiveness is not something waiting for
our belief but something that has already taken
Your sin was (paste
tense) forgiven because it was paid for by the risen Christ. However, you
are not saved unless you BELIEVE that.
Salvation is not getting
your sins forgiven, it's believing they already
Conclusion: "Paid for
but not forgiven" is nothing short of
a logical fallacy.
Remember, you only get two educations.
The one you're given, and the one you give yourself.