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Can a backslider receive forgiveness?

The Lord assures us that when a backslider confesses his sin and repents, he will certainly receive forgiveness. The apostle John wrote, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

The secret of continued salvation lies in continued abiding in Christ. If a person does not abide in Christ, he withers and dies spiritually. When the branch is separated from the vine, the source of life is gone. A person’s salvation depends on his daily abiding in Christ. Abiding means daily feeding on God’s Word, praying, and witnessing.

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:5,6). As the believer chooses to connect himself to the Lord, his salvation will be secure in Him.

But if he disconnects himself from God, then, he will be overcome by the devil and his temptations. If a person slips, let him get up and start again. The devil will try to discourage him from trying but God calls him to forget the past and look to Jesus (Philippians 3:13).

If a believer keeps on slipping into sin, He will get weaker and weaker and his conscience will slowly get hardened (1 Timothy 4:1–2). And sin will look less evil to him with time. So, it is very important that he keeps his conscience sensitive to the callings of the Holy Spirit by immediate obedience.

A reprobate mind (Romans 1:28) is a reference to those who did not want or “approve” to have the knowledge of God. As a consequence of their determination to forget Him, God leaves them to a state of mind that was evil – reprobate mind – which He therefore could not approve.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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