You’re Not Too Far Gone

Pastor Ed Moreno of New Day Christian Church, Eastvale

Pastor Ed Moreno of New Day Christian Church, Eastvale

By Pastor Ed Moreno

In the movie “The Godfather – Part 3,” there’s a famous scene called The Confession.   In this scene Al Pacino’s character says to a Catholic Cardinal: “I’m beyond redemption.”

Sadly, many people believe this about themselves.  Even many Christians, who fall into serious or habitual sins, will arrive at the conclusion that “they have gone too far,” “they’ve sinned too much,” and now they fear that God will no longer forgive them.

Friends, the Bible makes it clear that there is only one unforgiveable sin, and that’s blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  By the mere fact that you are reading this article strongly suggests that you have not committed that sin.  So any sin(s) you have committed are forgivable.

I know this can be hard to imagine, but once we’ve accepted Jesus, confessed our sins to God and have expressed genuine remorse for our wrongs, we enter into a state of ‘perpetual’ forgiveness.

On the cross there was something of an exchange that took place.  All the evil that you and I have committed, and that we ever will commit, was transferred over to Jesus, while all of his righteousness was transferred over to us – so as to make us holy and acceptable to God.

Now, God’s will is for us to obey him but he knows that we will never do that perfectly in this earthly life.  That’s why I John 1:9 says to Christians that if we confess our sins to God he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  It’s because Jesus already paid for our sins – the ones we committed before we became a Christian, and the ones we commit after we become a Christian.

Our badness is never going to overpower God’s grace and goodness.  Our sin will be never be bad enough to make God unwilling or unable to forgive us.  The truth is, God can and will forgive us when we sincerely ask him to; when we confess our sin to him; and when we genuinely feel remorse over the wrongs that we’ve done.

It is the spiritual enemy of our souls who wants us to believe that “we’re beyond redemption.”   Don’t listen to Satan!  Do not believe him!  Rather believe what God says.  Satan tries to ‘trick’ us into focusing so much on our shortcomings that we stop focusing on the sufferings of Jesus and what he fully accomplished for us on the cross through his sufferings.  Namely that all our sins – past, present, and future ones – were paid for!  Embrace that, dear ones.  There is redemption for you!

New Day Christian Church meets Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.  They are located at 7155 Hamner Avenue, at Schleisman Road, next to the Fire Station.  For more information, call (951) 278-8367, or visit http://www.newdaycc.net.