The below Q&A (Questions and answers) session was developed from an email to RDT from one of our website visitors.
Question #1 – Were my sins forgiven at Calvary or the moment I placed my trust in Christ?
Answer #1 – Brother, your sins and the sins of the world were paid for and forgiven by the precious blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Jesus died for the sins of every person who ever lived or will ever walk the earth. While Jesus offers everyone forgiveness and salvation, unfortunately not everyone will accept His gift. Jesus, God’s son, saved the world from sin, death in hell, and the power of the devil. Many people choose not to believe in Jesus as their Savior from sin and an eternity in hell.
Scriptures: John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; John 1:29; Rom.5:6-8; Eph. 1:7; Col 1:14
Question #2A – When one believes the gospel, they are instantaneously baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ. They become “in Christ”. As question one above asks, are they also forgiven of sin? If they are forgiven of sin at that moment, what mechanism does God use to make that happen?
Answer #2A – Yes, when we by faith put our trust in the finished work of Christ at the cross of Calvary, the Holy Spirit instantaneously baptizes us into the body of Christ. Please note that this is not a water baptism, but a spiritual baptism. Today under the dispensation of grace, the Holy Spirit is the mechanism that places us into the body of Christ and is also the mechanism that empowers us for the work of the church.
Scriptures: Rom. 3:3-6; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27
Question #2B – Is it correct to tell the unbeliever that God has not, is not, and never will impute their sin unto them? Is it correct to tell the unbeliever that there is only one way to spend eternity separated from God and that is to reject the accomplishment of the cross which was that Christ bore all the sin of the world upon Himself? Will their sin send them to hell or will their rejection of the cross send them to hell?
Answer #2B – The whole world was imputed with Adam’s sin and condemned to die. Paul our apostle argues this in Romans chapter 5. God never imputed sins upon anyone. Our sins were imputed upon Christ at Calvary. When an unbeliever continues to reject the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is this rejection that opens the doors of hell, where they will spend all eternity.
Question #3 – If God indeed will someday impute sin upon unbelievers someday (which I cannot find in scripture anywhere), do you have any scripture that would support this? Or do you understand reconciliation the way that I do?
Answer #3 – In my studies I cannot find any scriptures that tell us that God will ever impute sin to anyone. God brings us back to himself (reconciles us) by blotting out our sins (see Ephesians 2:13-18) and making us righteous. We are no longer enemies to God. Because we have been reconciled to Him, we should want to go and share this good news with others. I like to think of our reconciliation this way, our umbilical cord has been reattached to the Father.