“And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.”
an intensive form of εἶμι eimi (to go)); to send forth, in various applications: – cry, forgive, forsake, lay aside, leave, let (alone, be, go, have), omit, put (send) away, remit, suffer, yield up.
Remember when you knew you were saved? Jesus Christ had genuinely and truly become your savior. You believed in your heart that John 3:16 – 17 is absolutely true: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” – KJV
What a great feeling that was. You were clean. You knew you had been forgiven. You understood that, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, you are forgiven and have eternal life. You actually felt the burden of your sin lift from your shoulders. And that is exactly what happened to you. But something happened between THEN and NOW.
After a while, you had quit praying, going to church, and reading the word. All the joy you had was gone. Since then, your life has not been what you would say was a shining example of salvation at work. The things that you have done since have been nothing short of a betrayal of Jesus. If you were to mention Jesus at all, it would be to say it as an expletive.
I want to tell you something. I can tell you about this because I have been in this place, just like you are, right now. I know things look dark. All your former Christian associates have stopped having anything to do with you. If you were to tell anyone that you are a Christian, there would be no compelling evidence to prove it.
Here is what I want to tell you, from the very mouth of Jesus: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.‘ John 6:36-39
You may have forgotten about Jesus, but HE has never forgotten about you. This is WHY you still feel the loss of His fellowship. No matter how dark things look now, you have NEVER been removed from Jesus, because God has given YOU to Jesus as a GIFT. And God’s gifts are without repentance :
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
God has not repented that He has given you to Jesus. You could never have come to the understanding of the saving Grace of God through Jesus, unless, by the power of the Holy Spirit, God had drawn you to this understanding.
Later, in the same book of John, Jesus said this about you: “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.” John 6:64-65 KJV And when you understood, you believed in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God, who died for the remission of ALL sin, and you confessed with your mouth that Jesus rose from the dead. This understanding is why you have eternal life.
So why, after all this time, do you burn in your heart this much? Why, now, after all this time, do you suddenly find all you want to do is come home? It is because the Spirit of God is luring you home. You have a call on your life, and you are chosen to answer that call. This is the influence of Jesus Christ as Lord. He wants you to serve Him. From here, all you have to do is return. You will have some repentance to do. You will have to try to mend a few fences. But the most remarkable thing is, when you come home, your life will begin to change. You can still sin as much as you did before you came home, but, the truth is, you aren’t going to want to. The more of yourself you give to Jesus, the more you become remade in His image. After that, all you will want to do is serve Him.
From God’s point of view, HE chose you. He drew you to His Son, Jesus. You are His gift to His Son. Nothing you have done since your salvation can remove you from His hand. You are eternally His.
The reason you hear His call now is, He loves you, and wants you to know that you have done nothing that can take away your salvation.
You are saved.
HOW DO YOU LIKE THOSE APPLES???
I love you in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.