The fear that we can break fellowship with God is stifling to our spiritual growth. The idea is that when we sin some type of barrier is erected between us and God. Then, when we confess our sin to God, the barrier is removed and we can be close to God again. 1 John 1:9 is used to prove this. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Another version of this is that when we sin, God turns his face away from us and will not listen to our prayers until we confess our sin to him and repent. Then, he turns his face back toward us and will listen to our prayers. This comes from Psalms 66:18 If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.
All of this is erroneously believed because of a lack of understanding of the New Covenant. We live in a constant relationship with God in being face to face with him, and that can never change. Why? Because we are in union with him in Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says it this way. But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Romans 6:5 reiterates this when it proclaims For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection. The main phrase that is used to let us know we are always face to face with God through our union with him is the phrase, In Christ.
How can we believe that we can break fellowship with God when we are already forgiven for our sins, before we ever sin? Not only are our past sins forgiven, but so are our future ones. How do we know that? Because Ephesians 1:7 states that because of our union with Christ, we are already forgiven every time we sin. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
God’s problem with our sins has been dealt with once and for all! They will never cause a barrier between us and him. They will never cause him to turn his face from us. We live every day totally loved and completely accepted by our God. This is God’s fabulous lavish grace in full display.
Doesn’t this create praise, worship and love for him out of your gratefulness? It does me!
Ladies, you can learn more about this in our upcoming August, Women of Grace classes. Click here for more info.