8 May 2020
Series: Bible study
Topic: God
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Guaranteed forgiveness, have to live with the consequences?

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

If we allow the Bible to speak for itself, we will soon understand salvation is dependent upon repentance. If we repent back to the Torah (the written law of Moses), we will be saved. (Isaiah 56:6, Acts 2:14-41, John 3, Matt 7:21-23) 

The question then gives itself, what about the cross? 

The Torah (the written law of Moses) says we have to atone for our unintentional sins. In the Torah, the only way for us to do so is to sacrifice in the temple in Jerusalem. We cant do that right now because the temple is gone. This is why the book of Hebrews and John 1:29 says Yeshua (Jesus) is both our sacrificial lamb AND our high priest. 

Even though the Romans destroy the earthly temple, the heavenly temple still exists. When Yeshua died on the cross for our sins, He took His Blood into the holiest of holy in the heavenly temple and atoned on the mercy seat. Now He serves in the temple, in the heavens as our high priest under the Torah. 

If you repent back to the Torah, you will have no choice but to believe Yeshua died for your sins on the cross and that His Blood atones on the altar in the heavenly temple. And when the book of Hebrews says Yeshua serves in the heavenly temple as our high priest, following the Torah, it is foolish to think He came to do away with the Torah. 

Repentance back to the Torah will always include faith in what happened at the cross when Yeshua, our Lord, and Savior sacrificed Himself for us, was buried, and resurrected on the third day. But this works the other way as well; faith in the cross, death, burial, and resurrection of Yeshua have to include repentance back to the Torah. If there is no obedience to the Torah, the Bible says your faith in the cross can not save you (James 2, 1.John 2, Isaiah 56:6)

So what happens when you repent? 

You will be forgiven for your sins (1.John 1:9, Isaiah 53:5-6)

What is forgiveness? 

Isaiah 53:5-6 says if we atone for our sins by faith in the cross, our guilt is taken away. The guilt we have will then by faith be placed on Yeshua, and His Blood will atone for all our sins. Rom 6 says, and Isaiah 56:6 says when we have atoned, we must live the new life in obedience to the Torah, or else our atonement can not save us. (Matt 7:21-23)

We all know sin brings with it consequences for ourselves and the people involved. So the question is this, when we have atoned, what happens to the effects of our sins?

When King David sinned with Bathseba, he was forgiven because of his repentance, but there were still consequences he had to endure. When Paul the Apostle was forgiven on the road to Damascus, there were still consequences he had to endure. 

The Bible says we are forgiven when we repent, but it does not promise to remove the consequences of what we have done. 

What do I mean by this?

If you lie to someone, the relationship you have with that person can be severely damaged and even broken beyond repair. If you repent, the Bible says in 1. John 1:9, you are forgiven of lying, but it does not promise you a restoration of your relationship. You still have to live with the consequences because that other person might find it very difficult to trust you again. 

This is where it can get challenging to live the repented life in obedience to the Torah. We tend to think like this; if I am forgiven, it is as if it has never happened, and that means all the consequences will be removed, and I get a fresh start. The Bible, on the other hand, says, if you are forgiven, the results of your sins might be removed, or they might not. But no matter what happens, you still need to believe and accept you are forgiven.

So you have a responsibility to believe and accept you are forgiven, even if the consequences of your sins are still there and you have to live with them. 

How do you do that? 

The proof of your forgiveness is in the Torah and your decision to live the obedient life. So as long as you can know you are obeying the Torah, you know you have repented, you know you are forgiven even if you have to live with the consequences of your sins for the rest of your life. 

Is there ever a time Yehovah can remove the consequences of our sins?

Yehovah is God, so because He is God; there are no limits to what He can do. So the answer is yes, Yehovah can remove the consequences of our sins in one way or the other. And this is where prayer comes into play. 

Yehovah does not promise to take away the consequences of our sins, but He does promise to forgive us if we repent. If we can know we have repented, the Bible says in 1.Pet 5:6-7, we can pray and ask Yehovah either to remove the consequences or to help us to endure and make the best of a bad situation.  

What do I mean by “remove the consequences or to help us to endure and make the best of a bad situation?”

If there are people involved, chances are He is not going to remove the consequences of your sins. If you have been unfaithful to your spouse, Yehovah is not going to force your spouse to trust you again. He promises to forgive you if you repent, but He does not promise to remove the consequences of your sins. You might have to live with the fact that you ruined the marriage, and now you can never remarry. But you can still pray and ask Yehovah to help you endure this situation, and continue to ask for a miracle for your spouse to trust you again. If the result of the affair is a child, Yehovah is not going to remove that child. You will have to live with the consequences of your sins, but you can ask Yehovah to help you endure and do the best of this situation and to find a solution. 

If other people are not involved, chances are Yehovah is going to remove the consequences of your sins. If you have done a poor job of managing your money and acquired a lot of debt, you have sinned. Yehovah promises to forgive you if you repent, but He does not promise to remove your debt. You might have to live with the debt for the rest of your life, but you can pray and ask Yehovah to take it away to give you a new start. And you can pray and ask Him for help to endure while you wait for a miracle. 

The Bible does not promise to remove the consequences of our sins, but the Bible promises us forgiveness if we repent. But even so, you should pray for Yehovah to give you the grace to endure the consequences of your sins. If there are other people involved in your sin, you have to accept that chances are He will only give you the grace to endure. Yehovah is not going to force anyone to trust you, or to remove people who are born as a result of what you did. If there are no other people involved in your sins, chances are much higher He will remove the consequences of what you did. But you still need to ask Him the grace to endure, while you wait for Him to intervene in your life. And no matter the situation, while you wait, He needs to see you are committed to live the repented life. (Isaiah 56:6)

If we allow the Bible to speak for itself, we understand that this is salvation. We are guaranteed forgiveness of our sins if we repent back to the Torah, and Yeshua becomes our sin sacrifice on the heavenly altar. We are not guaranteed that Yehovah is going to take away the consequences of our sins, and especially not if there are other people involved. But we are guaranteed help to endure, wisdom to see a way out if there are no other people involved, and grace to live the repented life accepting we are forgiven because of the cross as long as we have genuinely repented back to the Torah. 

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