Everyone has a clean slate up until they die

Jack Vorster By Jack Vorster, 21st Jan 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A significant truth that cannot be denied has been totally misunderstood. If grasped by everyone the world would stop to celebrate forever.

A new insight

Something hit me like ton of feathers a few days ago while I was meditating on the significance of grace and faith. It took me a while to get out from under the feathers and see things very clearly. This was so huge that I could hardly contain myself. Hopefully I can put this together and make sense of it for the reader.

On the same day, for some reason, I perused some of the items I had downloaded some time ago but had never read as yet. One of them was an article by Joseph Cortes on the very same subject, which turned out to be an absolute confirmation of what I had discovered, hence the ton of feathers. It was an incredible coincidence. I will, therefore, also be quoting from his article/sermon.

From the past to the future

What do people do every day of their lives? They talk. They talk about the events of the past, the present and the possibilities of the future. Everyone’s past had a beginning and everyone’s future has an end. The same applies to God. He talks about the past, the present and the future, but He makes no bones about the future. The events of the future are set. We try to avoid looking at the end of our lives, but God is most emphatic about the end of everyone’s life.

There never would have been an end for us if we were not born with an imbedded nature of sin. It is this nature of sin that God had to get rid of, which is what He actually did through Jesus Christ. And so, in His word, the Bible, God tells us about the beginning of sin, where it comes from and how it was brought to an end. Whether we want to believe it or not, our lives revolve around the issue of sin.

The past, the present and the future are summed up in the book of Revelation in pictorial fashion. It is clear that the future comes with a violent end for all who are still living at that point in time. Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour have nothing to fear. Of course, those who die before the end will have chosen their destiny while they lived. Their past, present and future will have been wrapped up based purely on the word of God.

Joseph Cortes

And now for Joseph Cortes - this is what he had to say on this matter. I’ve done some editing to trim the length, but all credit to him.

QUOTE:
Sin has been removed forever, whether you are a believer or not.

There is no-one that has not been forgiven and is continuously forgiven for their sins because Christ paid the price for all sin for every single person walking on this planet past, present, and in the future.

Everyone has a clean slate up until they die. If they don’t recognize and trust Jesus, that He did it all once and for all they will stand before God in their own righteousness, which falls way short. They will have no excuse. They blew it by not faithing in Jesus.

Under the law, all the sins of the people were laid on the scapegoat and then the goat was lead out of the camp into the wilderness never to be seen again. That is everybody’s sin, not just the devout. That points to what Jesus did. He forgave everybody’s sin.

Book of life

Every living person’s name is in the Book of Life. If they die before acknowledging Jesus, die without trusting Him, their name is blotted out, not before.

If everyone’s sins are forgiven, then God does not see their sins. Their sins have gone out of His sight. He will then grant eternal life according to how one sees Jesus. They will either have faith and trust in Him or be antichrist and go to hell.

Therefore, it is not sin that will send you to hell. It is your rejection of Jesus that will condemn you.”

Sin has already been dealt with for all humanity. It is gone in God’s eyes. God will determine your eternal fate by what you do with Jesus. Don’t dwell on sin.

Jesus removed all sin from His Father’s eyes. God sees no sin, my friend. That doesn’t mean we have a license to sin because we want to become more of Jesus’ agent, how He wants to keep creating and mold us in the image that He wants to perfect, but let me tell you, you are going to sin. Even you “perfect” ones out there that think you have no sin, you’re sinning because you still have that sinful blood in you; and we constantly need that transfusion (figuratively) of Christ’s blood in us that deals with all that. Christ doesn’t want you to concentrate on your sin. After your born-again experience, He wants you to concentrate on how to become a better disciple of His... for His purposes! And the main purpose of your life, whether you want to accept it or not, is to be His ambassador in the way and means God called you to participate in this Great Commission—that no one is excluded from. NO-ONE.

No exceptions

Are sinners forgiven? EVERY SINNER is forgiven. No exceptions. Every sinner is forgiven. Every sinner - as I have said so many times - has had their sins forgiven whether saved or unsaved. Yes, the ones who have not acknowledged Jesus Christ as their Saviour, their sins are forgiven too.

I repeat, all are forgiven; but it won’t do you any good unless you trust and faithe in Him as your Saviour.

How blessed are we to have this knowledge that our sins have been blotted out by Christ whether you are saved or not? Now it won’t do you any good, as I said, if you don’t have any trust and confidence in that, but nevertheless, God sees sin no more.

In Jeremiah 31:33-34, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Jesus didn’t die for only confessed and repented sins, according to the traditional church concept. He died for all sin. That was John the Baptist’s message. Go to John 1:29.

Absolutely everyone

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Whose sin did Jesus take away? - He took away the sin of the world. It doesn’t say it excludes unbelievers. Does the world include unbelievers? Absolutely. Then we can only conclude that unbelievers are forgiven. The sins are no longer being recorded.

And I preached about the books in Revelation: the only thing that is recorded in those books is names. Either your name is going to be in the Book of Life, or it will be blotted out. Those are your only two choices. Your sins are not recorded. They were recorded up to the New Covenant, but since the New Covenant has been established by Jesus Christ, those sins that had been recorded have been removed. I said his blood has invisible ink ingredients in it that removed all recorded sin. And from Jesus’ day forward, no sins are recorded.

All have been reconciled through Jesus Christ. Whether you are going to benefit or not is whether you trust and believe He is the Saviour. The choice is still yours. I believe He will draw you, but will you take the next step.

Men have sins but God is neither counting them anymore nor remembering them anymore. That is it.

If you really think about it, when were your sins forgiven?
I can almost feel the vibrations out there. This is something you have not been brought up in or been taught in your churches, unfortunately. When were your sins forgiven? - When you were dead in your sins.

You were forgiven before you repented. Think about that. You were forgiven of your sins before you confessed.

“I was forgiven before I repented or confessed?” ABSOLUTELY. “Well, I never heard that.” Well, it is about time you did! - because that is truly the Good News. “I was forgiven before I was born again?” ABSOLUTELY. You were forgiven long before you were ever born, my friend; forget born again, before you were even born. “Well, I don’t understand this. How can this be possible? I didn’t even do anything to receive my forgiveness.” That’s right. And that is why it is called GRACE, which brings Peace. Stop believing all the peddlers of the bad news. “Well, I didn’t know my sins were forgiven. I didn’t give God the permission to forgive my sins.” When was the last time that God had to check with you to see if He could forgive your sins? You are the creation; He is the Creator. He doesn’t need to check with you for anything, my friend. He doesn’t need your permission to forgive your sins. Through His wonderful gift of Grace, He did that anyway! His forgiveness is entirely based on His work on the cross at Calvary. I have told you this over and over. I preach it in the Communion messages. I repeat; anything else is called bad news. Furthermore, you can’t find it in the scriptures. You can twist the scriptures to believe in the bad news, but you can’t find it in the Scripture if you rightly divide it.

Perfect and complete

Don’t believe these lies. Jesus didn’t die for some sin, He died for ALL sin. And I do not care how bad you think you are. Those sins had been removed before you even realized it. His one-time sacrifice for the sin of this world was perfect and complete. It doesn’t have to be improved on. Modern Christianity would love to improve on it because they want to add their “this has to happen” or “that has to happen first”. No, it does not. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. That has not changed in the Scripture, and not just for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world. It is the Good News the prophets foresaw that I briefly read from.

In Acts, Jesus says that forgiveness of sins is a gift, but, it must be received. And if you don’t receive it, then there is no blotting out of your name in the Book of Death.

Now there are two kinds of people that will never receive this gift, this wonderful gift of Grace. Those that think they don’t need a Saviour, and those that think they must do things and confessing things or repent to earn God’s forgiveness. Those two will never receive this gift.

Everyone is forgiven, friend. But unfortunately, not everyone believes they are forgiven. Those who don’t believe reject the gift of God that He offers them, and that is Jesus.

You are forgiven and you might think you are the worst sinner on the planet, but by the Grace of God you are forgiven.
GOOD NEWS. GOOD NEWS.

You are forgiven whether you believe it or not, as I have said now several times, but it won’t do you any good unless you believe it.

Romans 8 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” Are you in Christ Jesus or not? If you are, then stop worrying so much about your sin because He’s removed that, and pray to God that He turns your life upside down to make you right side up and be a true servant of His, to mold you into what He wants you to be the remainder of this life and throughout eternity.

Sin has already been dealt with for all humanity. It is gone in God’s eyes. God will determine your eternal fate by what you do with Jesus. Preach Jesus. Don’t dwell on sin.
UNQUOTE.

A change of mind

Well, I can hardly add to what Joseph Cortes had to say, but I’d like to expand on a few points.

The word ‘repent’ as used in the New Testament is derived and wrongly translated from the Greek word ‘metanoia’, meaning ‘to change one’s mind’. The word ‘repent’ strongly suggests that one should enter into a state of remorse and feel sorry for one’s sins before we can expect forgiveness from God. In other words, we will be applying works in order to be saved. Our own works cannot save us. Salvation is a gift from God not based on our works, but on our faith in what was done for us on the Cross as a result of God’s gift of grace. “For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8)

Applying the wrong idea of repentance would be tantamount to an act of boasting of our own accomplishment before letting God in to our lives. We were all born into sin anyway. It is this original sin that made us what we are. It should be a matter of, “Now I see it. Now I understand it. My sinful nature and my idea of life placed me under condemnation, but God’s free gift of grace has set me free from condemnation. I’ve changed my mind about life and accept God’s gift to me. I’m set free from sin and I accept and receive Jesus as my Lord and Saviour”

Salvation, therefore, follows our realisation of the Truth and changing our minds from our former thinking concerning our lifestyles to a brand new mental insight. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom.12:2)

Two kinds of people

Now let’s picture this world of over 7 billion human beings. They fit into only two categories – those who are condemned and those who have been redeemed. The condemned are oblivious to this fact and neither do they know that sin has been done away with. In fact, they do not even give sin a second thought. Of course, to them the concept of sin is not an unknown, but for them sin simply does not fit in with modern thinking. As paradoxical as this may sound, they are actually in agreement with God. Sin has been removed. It is only the consequences of sin that remain in accordance with God’s laws and the condemned will always suffer such consequences for the duration of their earthly lives.

The redeemed, on the other hand, are well informed and are covered by the blood of their Redeemer, which means they benefit from the promises of God to those who believe for the duration of their earthly lives. And the promises are many.

So the condemned and the redeemed have two things in common. Both have been forgiven and both have their names written in the Book of Life. But when physical life on earth comes to an end for the condemned, nothing remains in common. Only then will the latter be hit by the truth and have their names removed from God’s Book of Life, followed by a speedy trip to a most undesirable place – for eternity. Not believing this won’t make it go away.

While they live (on earth) the condemned can do exactly as they please. It is not for sin that they will be judged, but for rejecting the One who died for their sin nature and the gift of Grace from God making it all possible. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." (John 3:19,20)

Agents on the loose

The condemned do not know that they are unwitting human agents for Satan and many of them will endeavour to publicly ridicule and destroy the reputation of those who are redeemed and serving God. They are playing with fire. I have seen the demise of those who choose to do this, for God makes it clear, ‘touch not mine anointed” and God instructs the redeemed not take revengeful action, for “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Emotional stress, ill health, tragedy and financial loss can be the outcome for those who dare touch the anointed.

Of course, the condemned can join the ranks of the redeemed should they have a change of mind and accept the Truth. This will then secure a permanent place for their names in the Book of Life. After all, if the condemned did not exist there would be no-one to be redeemed.

The crux of the whole matter is that God no longer looks at sin. Instead, He is concerned with the redemption of all by His gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And to repeat what Joseph Cortes said, “Everyone has a clean slate up until they die.”

John 3:17. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Note this - the reason God did not send his son to condemn the world is because the world was already condemned since the fall of Adam.

John 3:18. “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

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Condemned, Faith, Forgiven, Grace, Redeemed, Sin

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author avatar Jack Vorster
My background is marketing and advertising. My passion is the human make-up and writing about it based on many years of study on the subject. http://www.earthboundlife.wozaonline.co.za

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
17th Feb 2018 (#)

This is really interesting Jack .
I am so grateful that I am no longer under condemnation, and I pray many others will come to know this truth while they can ,
God bless you .
Stella ><>

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