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Isaiah 53:5 (NET) He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed.
Mrs. Edwin was convinced that the reason she had not been able to conceive was because of her past sins. According to her, God was allowing her to suffer for the things she had done in the past. Even though she was now in Christ, she still believed that she was to pay for her sins.
I have met believers who believe that the reason for certain situations they go through is because of a sin they have committed. I have realized that many believers do not know the danger of such thinking. They do not know that if they were to really pay for their sins, death (and not just suffering) would be the result because the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23).
If God forgave our sins because of the sacrifice of Jesus, it means we are not the ones to pay for our sins. Jesus has already paid for them on the cross. But if we believe that we are still to pay a small price for our sins, the devil is more than happy to take advantage of this ignorance and afflict us. Many believers have been afflicted because of this wrong mindset. But those who take advantage of the sacrifice (the blood) of Jesus would always overcome the devil (see Rev 12:11).
It is dangerous for a believer to continue in any known sin because this damages his good conscience and produces spiritual death because of faith shipwreck (Rom 8:13, 1 Tim 1:19), but if a believer sins and sincerely repents and renounces his sins, God is faithful and just to forgive him and cleanse him from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). God is faithful and just to do this because Jesus has already paid the price for it.
—Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi
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