Does God Forgive All Sins?

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Dear Pastor Andy, I know God will forgive us our sins when we repent, but what about if you break a covenant, such as getting remarried after a divorce, and you were the one being unfaithful? Are you forgiven for committing adultery by getting married again? After all, a marriage is a covenant between the couple and God, bringing them together as one flesh.

My Reply:
Let’s start with breaking covenants: the Israelites broke their covenants with God time and time again, but the Lord never left them. However, they did endure many harsh trials during their time of getting back right with the Him.

Now let’s look at the New Testament:

  1. Remember the woman who was brought to Jesus? She was caught literally in the act of adultery. Jesus not only didn’t condemn her, but He also forgave her. But notice, He also told her sternly to “sin no more”, or in other words, don’t do this again.
  2. The Apostle Paul talks on remarriage in 1 Corinthians. Basically, he suggests that the “unmarried” (those who were divorced) should remain unmarried. But if they were burning with lust, then it would be best that they marry (so they don’t burn in sin). But Paul also said that your new spouse should also be a fellow believer in the faith (equally yoked).

Keep in mind though that it is not through remarriage that you are forgiven, nor is the making of a new covenant to cover up the past broken one a means of setting things right. God demands your heart – He always has. True repentance is what is needed for forgiveness.

I would also suggest that you and your fiance’ engage in Christian premarital counseling through your Pastor/Priest before marrying. That will also help you learn how to keep Jesus in the center of your marriage. Also, appoint a (or several) Christian counsel(s) throughout your marriage with whom you may consult, should any doubt or the temptation to cheat ever again arise.

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  1. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved! With the heart man believeth unto righteousness! When this happens the person receives God’s forgiveness and escapes the penalty of sin, which is spiritual separation from God. this is spirit salvation! The new believer died with Christ in His death and therefore has became a new creature in Christ, 2 Cor. 5:17.

    Repentance, on the other hand, is for the believer and not the unbeliever. Those who have become new creations are now commanded to repent (turn) from their former way of living and begin living according to God’s new way of living as recorded in His Word. Confession is also for the believer, because he now has knowledge of who God is and can call upon Him at any time.

    Not all believers surrender their lives after salvation and follow after Jesus. Neither do all believers confess their sins after they are saved.

    Confession of sins (1 John 1:9) is needed for the cleansing of the unrighteousness in the believers life. All believers still sin after they are saved and this is the purpose of confession. Confession of sins is to cleanse believers from their practical righteousness, so that these sins do not appear at the Bema Seat as unrighteous deeds. All believers have received Christ’s righteousness and this requires no cleansing, because this is the Holy Spirit living inside the believers quickened spirit.

    The spirit is therefore saved, but the soul needs cleansed.

    (Eph. 2:8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    (Eph. 2:9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    This is the covenant of grace (faith + nothing) = justification by faith or justification.

    (Eph. 2:10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

    This is the covenant of works (faith + faithfulness) = justification by works or sanctification.

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