Is there forgiveness for those who committed adultery?
According to the gospel, God’s forgiveness is available to all people.
♦ “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all injustice” (1 John 1: 9).
♦ “For there is only one God and one mediator between God and men: the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2: 5).
♦ “My little children, I write these things to you so that you do not sin. If, however, someone sins, we have an intercessor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Just” (1 John 2: 1).
The wise biblical guidance says that “whoever hides his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and abandons them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
The Bible says that” all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The invitation to salvation is made for all mankind (John 3:16). For a man to be saved, he must turn to the Lord in repentance and confession of sins, accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior (Acts 2:37, 38; 1 John 1: 9; 3: 6).
We remember, however, that repentance is not something that human beings produce by themselves. It is actually God’s love and His goodness that leads to true repentance (Romans 2: 4).
The word repentance in the Bible is translated from the Hebrew term Nachum, which means “feeling sad,” and the word shuwb which means “changing direction,” “turning,” “returning.” The equivalent term in Greek is metaneo, and denotes the concept of “change of mind“.
According to biblical teaching, repentance is a state of deep sorrow for sin and implies a change in behavior. FF Bruce defines it as follows: “Repentance (metanoia, ‘changing the mind’) involves abandoning sin and turning to God in contrition; the repentant sinner is in a position to receive divine forgiveness.”
It is only through the merits of Christ that the sinner can be declared righteous, freed from guilt and condemnation. The biblical text states: “He who hides his transgressions will never prosper, but whoever confesses and leaves them will attain mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
To be “born again” implies renouncing the old life of sin, recognizing the need for God, for His forgiveness, and depending on Him daily. As a result, the person lives in the fullness of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
In this new life, the Christian can say like Paul: “I was crucified with Christ. So I am no longer the one who lives, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). When faced with discouragement, or uncertainty about God’s love and care, reflect:
“Nobody needs to abandon themselves to despondency and despair. Satan may come to you with the cruel suggestion: ‘Your case is desperate. You are irremissible. ‘But there is hope for you in Christ. God does not command us to win in our own strength. He asks us to come very close to Him. Whatever difficulties we may struggle with, which may cause us to bend body and soul, He is waiting to set us free.”.
The Security of Forgiveness
It is lovely to be restored to the Lord. However, this does not mean that from then on, there will be no problems. Many believers who are brought back to fellowship with God experience terrible moments of guilt, doubt, and depression; they have a hard time believing that they were really forgiven.
Let’s look at some of the most common difficulties they face below:
1. How can I be sure that God has forgiven me?
You can know about this through the Word of God. He has repeatedly promised to forgive those who confess and forsake their sins. There is nothing in the universe as sure as God’s promise. To know if God has forgiven you, you have to believe His Word. Listen to these promises:
“He who hides his transgressions will never prosper, but whoever confesses and leaves them will attain mercy” (Prov 28.13).
“I undo your transgressions like the fog, and your sins like the cloud; turn to me, because I have redeemed you” (Is 44.22).
“Let the wicked go his way, the wicked one, his thoughts; turn to the Lord, who will have compassion on him, and turn to our God, because he is rich in forgiving” (Is 55.7).
“Come and let us return to the Lord, for he has torn us to pieces and will heal us; he made the wound and will bind it” (Os 6.1).
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all injustice” (1 John 1.9).
2. I know that He forgave me the moment I was saved, but when I think of the terrible sins I have already committed as a believer, it is hard to believe that God can forgive me. It seems to me that I have sinned against a great light!
David committed adultery and murder; however, God forgave him (2 Sam 12:13).
Peter denied the Lord three times; however, the Lord forgave him (John 21: 15-23).
God’s forgiveness is not limited to the unsaved. He promises to forgive the fallen too:
“I will heal your unfaithfulness; I will love them myself because my anger has departed from them” (Os 14.4).
If God can forgive us when we were His enemies, will He be less forgiving to us now that we are His children?
“For if we, when enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life” (Rom. 5:10).
Those who fear that God cannot forgive them are closer to the Lord than they realize because God cannot resist a broken heart (Is 57:15). He can resist the proud and those who do not bend, but he will not despise the man who truly repents (Ps 51.17).
3. Yes, but how will God forgive? I committed a particular sin, and God forgave me. But I have committed the same sin several times since then. Of course, God cannot forgive indefinitely.
This difficulty finds an indirect answer in Matthew 18: 21-22: “Then Peter, approaching, asked him: Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me, that I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus replied, “I do not say that up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven . “
Here, the Lord teaches that we should forgive each other not seven times, but seventy times seven, which is another way of saying it indefinitely.
Well, if God teaches us to forgive one another indefinitely, how often will He forgive us? The answer seems obvious.
The knowledge of this truth should not make us negligent, nor should it encourage us to sin. On the other hand, this wonderful grace is the most substantial reason why a believer should not sin.
4. The problem with me is that I don’t feel sorry.
God never intended the security of forgiveness to come to the believer through feelings. At some point, you may feel forgiven, but then, a little later, you may feel as guilty as possible.
God wants us to know that we are forgiven. And He based the security of forgiveness on what is the greatest certainty in the universe. His Word, the Bible, tells us that if we confess our sins, He forgives our sins (1 John 1.9).
The important thing is to be forgiven, whether we feel it or not. A person can feel forgiven and not have been overlooked. In that case, your feelings deceive you. On the other hand, a person can be truly forgiven and still not feel it. What difference does your feelings make if the truth is that Christ has already forgiven you?
The fallen person who repents may know that he is forgiven on the basis of the highest authority that exists: the Word of the Living God.
5. I fear that, in turning away from the Lord, I committed the sin for which there is no forgiveness.
Relapse is not the sin for which there is no forgiveness.
In fact, there are at least three sins for which there is no forgiveness mentioned in the New Testament, but they can be committed only by unbelievers.
To attribute Jesus’ miracles, performed by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the Devil is unforgivable. It is the same as saying that the Holy Spirit is the Devil, and therefore this is a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mt 12: 22-24).
Professing to be a believer and then completely repudiating Christ is a sin for which there is no forgiveness. This is the sin of apostasy mentioned in Hebrews 6.4-6. It is not the same as denying Christ. Peter did this and was restored. This is the voluntary sin of trampling the Son of God underfoot, making His blood unclean, and despising the Spirit of grace (Heb 10:29).
Dying in unbelief is inexcusable (Jn 8.24). This is the sin of refusing to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the sin of dying without repentance, and without faith in the Savior. The difference between the true believer and the unsaved is that the first believer may fall several times, but will rise again.
“The Lord establishes the steps of the good man and is pleased in his way; if he falls, he will not be prostrate, because the Lord holds him by the hand” (Ps 37: 23-24).
“For the righteous will fall seven times and rise, but the wicked will be overthrown by calamity” (Prov 24.16).
6. I believe the Lord has forgiven me, but I cannot forgive myself.
For all those who have ever had a relapse (and is there a believer who never fell, in one way or another?), This attitude is quite understandable. We feel our complete inability and failure so profoundly.
However, the attitude is not reasonable. If God forgave, why would I allow myself to be afflicted with feelings of guilt?
Faith claims that forgiveness is a fact and forgets about the past – except as a healthy warning not to turn away from the Lord again.