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Question 103

Q: Thank you for writing the book “How You Can Be Sure That You Will Spend Eternity with God.”

Because of the sinful lifestyle I led, I cannot come to terms with my salvation and, oh, what I wouldn’t give for internal peace.

I know the Scripture concerning forgiveness, and I have acknowledged my sin and confessed it to my wife. I’ve counseled with two pastors at my church, and still my inner self is tossed about with these solemn warnings from the Bible. My problem is that I have sinned too much—to the point of being in despair—yet I know all the promises from the Bible.

Asked by: Tim, Indiana

A: Oh Tim, thank you for going to your pastors and receiving counsel from them, because during this time you really do need their help.

You need their encouragement. They need to take you to the promises, and you need to stand on those promises. You need to affirm that the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.

But it seems to me that Satan is doing a number on you. Remember the Bible says that he accuses the saints all night and all day, and Satan loves those accusations because as long as you are being accused by your conscience, you can’t live a life of joy and of faith.

Let me give you an illustration that has helped many people in your predicament. Let us suppose that we had two roads. And one of them was very well traveled, it was very neat, but the other road was not well traveled. It seemed as if the travelers had gone into the ditch. There are deep ruts and mud, and it looks ugly. But then let us suppose that two feet of snow were to come and to cover both roads. At that point you couldn’t tell the difference, could you? In Isaiah 1:18 we read, Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

Remember, my friend, that the blood of Jesus Christ—the snow, if you will—can cover your messy trail just as well as it can cover the trail of neatly worn path. You need to affirm that, and to say with confidence and faith, “I stand forgiven.” Go in that strength.

Scripture references

  • Isaiah 1:18

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