Q. I have a question about something you wrote … the law of double jeopardy is a man made law. Tell me where in the Bible this comes in to play? I do think one needs to live (ultimately) to present our bodies a living sacrifice. Revelation says that Jesus is coming back for a spotless, perfect church. I realize no one is perfect, but we must strive towards the goal. I don’t want to live and say “Yes I sinned Lord, but I accepted you as my savior before that so that’s null and void.”
Why would he say in Matthew that many will come to me saying Lord, Lord; I have done many miracles and wonders in His name, but His response is turn away from me you workers of iniquity? I think we need to always bear in mind the Lord. For as Paul wrote, there is but one sacrifice for us, lest it be like we sacrifice him twice, which is not possible. He was warning us of falling away.
If even after we accept the Lord we sin, we must still repent, right?
In the end who am I to judge another’s beliefs? I cannot judge lest i also be judged.
My ultimate goal is to reach souls, and give my testimony of how the Lord delivered my husband and i from certain death. I want to walk worthy of the calling. I apologize, if i seem offensive. I’m wanting to seek truth.
A. Romans 8:1 says “therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” It doesn’t say that because there’s no basis for condemnation but because the penalty our condemnation would require has already been paid, so we can’t be condemned. That’s the law of double jeopardy. God can’t just ignore or overlook sins. Whenever there’s a sin there has to be a punishment. Otherwise Jesus died needlessly. The only reason He can return for a spotless perfect church is because He made us that way at the cross. And you will have to say, “Yes I sinned Lord but I accepted you as my Savior so that’s null and void.” Otherwise you have no remedy for your sins.
The passage in Matthew 7:21-23 is meant to convey the idea that our works are not the basis for our salvation, only our belief in Him. Even Satan can work miracles. Notice that the Lord didn’t say, “I knew you once, but not any more.” He said, “I never knew you.” They were never saved.
At the moment you were saved the Holy Spirit was sealed within you as a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance. (Ephes. 1:13-14) At that moment the Lord accepted responsibility for keeping you (2 Cor. 1:21-22) and He promised that not one of us would be lost. Not one. (John 6:39)
And you’re misquoting the the writer of Hebrews. He wasn’t saying that Jesus would only be our sacrifice once, so we better not mess it up, but that He was the only sacrifice that could save us. In Hebrews 10:14 he said that by that one sacrifice He made us perfect forever.
If we sin? You mean when we sin. There has never been a human who stopped sinning after being saved and there never will be. But 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
You have no need to apologize. You’re only repeating what you’ve been taught. If Jesus saved you from certain death, it wasn’t because you had earned it or in some way deserved it. He saved you because He loves you in spite of the fact that you didn’t deserve it. That’s the message you should be conveying to all who will listen.
Live the best life you can to show Him how grateful you are for everything He’s done for you, but don’t kid yourself into thinking that you could ever become worthy. None of us can.