This morning someone responded to a comment I made with the following...
You mean, if a criminal who is Christian, kills one of your family he will Go to heaven, because He accepted Jesus Christ as his lord? Jesus will forgive him?
Hi XXXXX. We are clearly told that...
The heart [of fallen man] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Our race is fallen, each and every one of us in the right situation is capable of unspeakable crimes given the time. In fact, one might say that if we entered eternity in this condition there wouldn’t be anything that had ever passed through our minds that we wouldn't eventually do... both good and bad. This is why it is written...
1 Corinthians 15:50
Now this I say, brethren, that [this fallen] flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again!!!
When a person is born-again of the Spirit he is changed, having been born of God.
12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he* power to become the sons of God,* even to them that believe on his name:
13 - Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
From that moment he is a NEW creation, not guilty of the crimes of a past life the punishment of which fell upon Jesus Christ at the Cross, just as it is written in the law and the Prophets...
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: [a Cross]
Therefore with our sins having fallen upon Christ, and we being made new it is said...
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Now, that being the case we enter into a battle against Satan and the flesh through which he tempts us, for although our Spirit is reborn and our soul is being sanctified through obedience, our body is yet to be redeemed at the appearance of Him who took all of our sins away.
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. [At the return of Jesus]
And so it is, that the accusation thrown against the Christian today is that we can now freely sin with no consequence, and simply repent of our sin and happily go on our way. This is not so, yes we are to repent if we momentarily stumble into 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.
But if use this grace to willingly sin, God Himself will chastise us as a father who loves His children would chastise those who played with fire among the straw... in other words, when the need was merited God may chastise His children fervently!
11 - My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
12 - For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Additionally, if a person willingly sins and takes the grace of God in vain, that person is not only open to Satanic attack but is in danger of God casting him off, and one would have to wonder if he was ever really born-again in the first place.
26 - For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 - But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
I for one can testify to having been chastised by God for my open rebellion against Him when I willingly and knowing sinned since I knew Christ, and to say that a truly born-again Christian can happily sin then repent with no consequence... is not to know the nature of Him who loves us.
Now as for murders, not only did Moses murder a man...
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
But Paul held the coats of those who stoned Stephen to death...
And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I [Paul] also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
Who also sought out Christians, and had them dragged from their beds to be imprisoned and killed.
1 - And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 - And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
If a man ceases to excuse or justify his sins one of two things will happen who sensing the conviction for sins will either:
1). Run back under the cover of his excuses only to have that cover ripped off before all at the judgement of the damned or
2). Allow conviction to do its work that repentant they look for a saviour to find forgiveness through the only propitiation God has provided for sin... even the death of His Son upon the Cross who Himself bore our sin, or better... the punishment for sin.
2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
For example, convicted, I turned to Christ whereas Judas hung himself.
It is certainly hard to accept, acknowledge and own what we have done and are capable of, but for the man who does there is made a way of deliverance by a God whose love is such, that He gave His only begotten Son that we might be saved.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
So can a murderer be saved, why yes, but does the punishment for his sin simply evaporate?
Certainly not, for as with all sin murder must also be accounted for!!! Either upon the murderer during his life as well as at the judgement when he is sentenced to a place in Hell worthy such sins.
Or if he had repented, turned to the Lord been born-again through faith in Him who paid for the sins of the World... the punishment for his sins fell upon Christ as He hung upon a cross over two thousand years ago. Yet through the hardness on many sinners hardened hears multitudes refused to accept this free gift, who shall smart for it themselves throughout eternity and not another.
1 John 2:2
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.