Ask the Pastor: Am I too big a sinner for God to save me?
Don’t forget to submit your Bible questions to us – firstname.lastname@example.org or in the “Question Box” outside the sanctuary.)
One question submitted this week from a friend of a church member:
Am I too big a sinner for God to save me?
No, there is no sinner “too big” for the grace and forgiveness of God! Losers make excuses. Big losers make excuses even before they lose. But it’s ok: Jesus came for big losers like you and me. Repent and believe in the Gospel.
SCRIPTURE ON THE TOPIC
Here’s a sampling of what the Bible says about God’s forgiveness. God is “rich in mercy” (Ephesians 2:4), and he’s a big spender. No sinner coming for mercy has ever depleted him. None ever will.
Psalm 103:2-3 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.
Matthew 9:2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”
Romans 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
No sin is so strong it can withstand the cleansing blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7). There’s a new Sheriff in town. God is holy, so sin is serious. God is gracious, so sin can be forgiven. On the cross, his holiness and grace kiss. Today celebrate both!
God’s gift of his Son of grace tells you how deep and personally unalterable your condition of sin is and the only place help is found. Christ is more eager to forgive than we are to sin. That’s *really* eager.
To think your sin is too great for God to forgive is not humility, but pride. You think God met his match with *you*? Sin is deep. Grace is big. God is able. The Spirit is willing. Forgiveness is possible. Hope is real. There is no sin so great that Christ is not greater still.
No sin can outrun the grace of God. The Gospel is big. There is no sin so big that God in His grace is unable to forgive and deliver. There is no depth of sin, iniquity or transgression so deep that it is beyond the reach of God’s forgiving, enabling, and transforming grace. There’s no mountain too high, no battle too big, no enemy too great as to be able to stop the move of God’s forgiving and transforming grace.
If sin’s devastation is as wide as creation, redemption must be that big. Though any sin separates us from a perfectly good God, NO sin is beyond the power of Christ to forgive through His own sacrifice. There is no evil that the Father’s love cannot pardon and cover, there is no sin that is a match for his grace. It is still finished (John 19:30). No sin of ours can change that, because our sins were the whole point to begin with.
ARE YOU SURE?
I am certain that God’s Word reveals that no one can be forgiven of their sins without faith in Christ. Miss this, and you miss the gospel:
He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).
The One—Jesus Christ—who knew no sin was made to bear a filth that was totally foreign to Him and to feel the guilt of a countless multitude of sinners. There is no sin so big that grace is unable to forgive and deliver.
Don’t panic, whatever nasty work sin has done grace is able to forgive, repair and restore. The reach of forgiving and transforming grace goes as wide and as deep as the devastation of sin.
The last pride before submission is faux-humble thinking that your sin is too big for God. No matter how deep your struggle with sin, God’s grace is deeper. The only sin you can defeat is a forgiven sin. Don’t turn it around.
No one is too big of a sinner for God’s grace. Read below great summary of the Gospel by Mark Dever and get yourself right before our God.
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.