your sins have been given on account of his name 1 john

1 John 2:12 Forgiveness of Sins #249

Have you ever heard someone said, “I don’t deserve to go through XYZ?” He or she could be talking about any number of things like infertility or cancer? Personally I always want to respond with “What you actually deserve is death on the cross.” Because I think if each person got what they deserved they too would suffer the same way Jesus did. Psalm 103:10 says, “he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” Isn’t it amazing that we don’t have to suffer as we deserve? The verse I want to focus on today regarding these forgiven sins is 1 John 2:12 which says, “I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.” 

Notice this verse starts off with “dear children.” The greek word for child is teknion, which also can mean the child who is still in training. The reality is we are all God’s children no matter our age. And from the very youngest to the very oldest, your sins have been forgiven because of Jesus. I love that the passion translation of this verse says, “your sins have been permanently removed because of the power of his name.” 

The forgiveness of sins comes through faith to those who believe in Christ as their Savior. And it’s not something we should take lightly at all. We must realize that we have caused sin and we must also realize the great gift of what Jesus did on the cross. His blood wiped away every single sin from every single person who puts their faith, trust and hope in him. Wow!

1 John 2:12 also reminds me of 2 Corinthians 5:21 which says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” I hope as you reflect on both of these verses you realize what a gift it is that your sin was already paid for on the cross. It should leave you in awe, ready to live a life of gratitude and thanksgiving!

your sins have been given on account of his name 1 john


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