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    Does he fact that our sin are forgiven mean we don't suffer the Consequences of our sinful behavior?
    Be Holy!

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    I'd have to answer that with yes and no.

    Being forgiven frees us from the eternal consequences of sin, so we can still enter heaven. When we stand before God our sins are forgiven - because Jesus already paid the price for them we won't be banished from God's presence.

    But that doesn't mean we are free from the mortal consequences. The fact God can forgive a murderer doesn't cancel the jail sentence. God forgives sexual sin but the mortal consequences could include STDs or unexpected children. God forgives anger and gossip but we might still have lost friends over things we said or did.
    24 August 2013 - I've decided to take a break from a number of internet forums, including this one, for my own reasons.
    I expect to be back at some time in the future, although at present don't know when that will be.
    I've been here just a few days shy of six years, and those six years have been greatly blessed.

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    1Jn 4:1 NKJV Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
    1Th 5:21-22 NKJV Test all things; hold fast what is good. (22) Abstain from every form of evil.



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    • #3
      Consequences indeed

      Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

      I am not tempted by heroine, but if I try it, my body will be corrupted (being awakened to a new kind of sin) and then I will suffer the consequences, suffering in the flesh, looking for it, craving it...

      But regarding salvation, no. Salvation depends on my faith, not how well I keep the law (see Gal 2:16,21; Gal 5:4). Salvation depends on what Christ did on Calvary. If I lose my salvation every time I sin, and I gain it back every time I repent, then it is up to me... in that case, why did he die?

      If doctors warn against certain practice because it can damage our bodies, we should not think that being forgiven will waive those dangers.

      Shalom

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tango View Post
        I'd have to answer that with yes and no.

        Being forgiven frees us from the eternal consequences of sin, so we can still enter heaven. When we stand before God our sins are forgiven - because Jesus already paid the price for them we won't be banished from God's presence.

        But that doesn't mean we are free from the mortal consequences. The fact God can forgive a murderer doesn't cancel the jail sentence. God forgives sexual sin but the mortal consequences could include STDs or unexpected children. God forgives anger and gossip but we might still have lost friends over things we said or did.
        Amen.

        And I also believe that we will have to stand before Christ at His judgment seat, and not only feel shame over what we did, but over what we didn't do for Him. Were we a good steward of His gifts, and of the time He gave to us?

        Sobering thoughts, indeed.
        If the Book be not infallible, where shall we find infallibility? ... Are these correctors of Scriptures infallible? Is it certain that our Bibles are not right, but that the critics must be so? ... We shall gradually be so bedoubted and be criticized that only a few of the most profound will know what is Bible and what is not, and they will dictate to the rest of us. I have no more faith in their mercy than in their accuracy... and we are fully assured that our old English version of the Scriptures is sufficient for plain men for all purposes of life, salvation, and goodness. - C.H.Spurgeon

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