Q. I feel extremely blessed to have found GTF and you. My question concerns the mind and how many times various ‘stuff’ pops in there in short time spaces. I have made Proverbs 23:7 and Jeremiah 17;8 my daily theme as best as my mind will allow. My question is when the Rapture occurs so fast and there is a foul thought in my mind how do I get forgiveness before being in the presence of our Lord? I wrestle with this of thing sort constantly. I hope you can help. Thanks and may God Bless You.
A. It’s important to make an effort to keep our thoughts in check, and to resist the enemy’s attempts to plant ideas in our mind that are not consistent with the person we’ve become in Christ. Paul called this part of living up to what we’ve already attained (Phil 3:16).
Here’s what else the Bible says about this issue. When Jesus went to the cross all your sins were still in the distant future. But He knew all of them and nailed them up there with Him, and with His death He forgave them (Colossians 2:13-14).
Because of that, when you became a believer, you were cleansed of all your sins. You became a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) and from God’s perspective you became as righteous as He is (2 Cor. 5:21).
That means every sin of your life, past present and future, was paid for at the cross. This was done to avoid the very situation you describe.
While on Earth we ask forgiveness for our sins as 1 John 1:9 instructs us. But this is not so we can stay saved, it’s so we can remain in fellowship with God.
When the Rapture occurs we’ll be instantaneously changed from mortal to immortal and when we stand before God He will see a completely sinless person.
“But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Hebrews 10:12-14).