When And How Are Your Sins Forgiven?
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)
The purpose of this article is to present what the Bible says on the subject of forgiveness. You will not find quotes from men's creed books or the opinions of well-schooled theologians and scholars here. Instead what God has to say about this matter will be clearly presented by His word, and by His word only. If you will take your own Bible and follow along as you read this material you will be able to easily understand what the Bible teaches. Isn't that what really matters - what the Bible says?
Nothing could be
more important than obtaining the forgiveness of sins. All men have
The Bible offers two ways of being forgiven of sins, one plan for those who are not God's children and one plan for those who are His children. Let's study each:
If a person is
not a child of God's then he needs to hear and believe the Gospel
good news (Acts 15:7; cf. Romans 10:17). Upon hearing and believing
has died for his sins, been buried, and has arisen never to die again (
When a person has
faith in Jesus as the son of God he will want to confess that faith
God gives us an example of this truth: "And
as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the
See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip
thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God"
Finally, a person
must be baptized for the forgiveness of sins. A believing penitent Saul
told, "And now why tarriest thou?
arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of
Those who have
heard the Gospel, believed it, repented of their sins, confessed Jesus
Son, and submitted their body to be immersed in water (baptized) are
of their sins. Upon their obedience they receive the indwelling Spirit
of God (Acts
5:32) and are known as "children of
But once we
become children of God – i.e., have our sins forgiven, what do God's
when they sin (and they will). Is it necessary to be baptized again and
No! The Bible tells us that God's children may repent of that sin,
sin, and prayerfully ask forgiveness. Upon so doing, God will forgive
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
Dear friend, you have used your own Bible to learn what to do to have your sins forgiven. Please contact us or a congregation of the churches of Christ so we can help you obey what you now understand.