Let’s not insult our God, Jesus, the Spirit of Grace, by thinking that our apology is some form of sacrifice for our sins.
There no longer remains a sacrifice for sin; Jesus did it ALL and the sin issue is over.
Why would you ASK Him for forgiveness, when He’s already GIVEN it to you?
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins . . . How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of Grace?” (Hebrews 10:26 & 29)
Wow! Huh? It’s THAT big of a deal to our God. The sin issue is OVER. Let’s move forward and move into a life of faith, and trust, and rest. Leave the sin issue behind you forever, where it belongs, at the foot of the Cross.
He saved you in such a way that you will never be unsaved. This is the gospel: He died for your sins so that He could restore to you the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Life that had been lost in Adam. And through that restoration, through you receiving the free gift of the Holy Spirit, you are resurrected, you are made alive by the indwelling presence of His life, the life of God. And through that restoration and subsequent resurrection, you are saved from the condition of being spiritually dead. And because there is no sin left unforgiven, there is no sin that will ever cause the Holy Spirit to ever depart from within you ever again. And so by definition, the Holy Spirit indwelling within you permanently is the restoration of the life that had been lost in Adam permanently, so you have been resurrected permanently, which means that you have been saved forever; that you can never lose your salvation, because that is the very definition of salvation.(www.livinggodministries.net, Radio Archive, Verse by Verse teaching Through the Book of Hebrews, Hebrews Message 31, Hebrews 7:15-28 Law is Useless; transcription of minute 23:36 through minute 24:47)
The meaning of the gospel, the good news, is that Jesus Christ has finished the work of forgiveness. Because of the gospel, you are a forgiven person.
We heard the gospel message and we responded with faith: we believed in, relied on and put our trust in the gospel. Immediately, we were made into a new creation. We were born again!
We have not only received a second birth, but we have also been given a new identity. Our new identity is that of a forgiven person.
It is uncommon for a believer to understand this in the beginning of their new life with Jesus. Most of us spent years wandering in the wilderness of “works” trying to get forgiven. We spent years asking Him to forgive us; we continually repented and rededicated ourselves to a life of obedience.
But hopefully, by now, you have been set free from the legalistic way of life and have been set free from a religious mindset. Hopefully you have left behind the ‘wandering in the wilderness’ and have come to lie down in the green pastures of the Promised Land of Rest.
The book of Hebrews talks about this promised rest. The author tells us that there remains a rest, a Sabbath rest, for the people of God.
“For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God."
This rest occurs when we stop trying to get forgiven. You will find rest when you let go of that cursed life of wandering in circles in the wilderness of religion, of legalism, of Churchianity, of works-righteousness, or whatever you want to call it!
We enter His rest when we come to understand the true meaning of the gospel: that we are forgiven people.
Trust that Jesus has finished His work through His death, His burial and His resurrection: through the gospel. The work is finished, and He is RESTING!
Since God is resting, we may enter His rest as well.
For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
P.S.: for more on this topic of forgiveness, please listen to this excellent audio series by Aaron Budjen of Living God Ministries.