All sins of all people for all time were forgiven and forgotten on the Cross of Jesus Christ. Only the eternal and unforgiveable sin of unbelief, the rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior, was not forgiven on the Cross.
The issue is this: were your sins forgiven on the Cross of Jesus Christ or after you trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior? The answer is that your sins were forgiven on the Cross because forgiveness requires the shedding of blood. This means that the issue of forgiveness was fully resolved 2,000 years ago; it is not a present issue.
Hebrews 9:22b … and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
The reason that it sounds wrong to say that everyone’s sins are already forgiven is because popular teaching says that forgiveness = salvation. Forgiveness was the critical first step but it is not specifically what saves you. You are saved when, upon faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, God removes your old sinful nature and gives you a brand new, clean heart. Being a “clean vessel,” God now has a place in you to live. His presence makes you righteous and gives you eternal life. Therefore, righteousness is the present issue in salvation since Jesus said that you must be born again to see the kingdom of God.
People often say that you must receive the “gift” of forgiveness before you can be forgiven. Actually, this is not a Biblical concept since forgiveness was God’s gift of grace to all people. It is the “gift of righteousness,” not forgiveness, that you must receive in faith.
Romans 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
These verses demonstrate that forgiveness was granted to all people. Note especially Romans 5:10 which says that the reconciliation occurred while “we were enemies,” not after we became friends of God. (See “Changing the Word of God, Part A” to understand how popular teaching qualifies many of these verses below to negate their simple, straightforward truth.)
Mark 3:28a Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men …
John 1:29 The next day he (John the Baptist) saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
2 Corinthians 5:19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Colossians 1:20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
Hebrews 10:12a but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God …
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
1 John 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
All are forgiven but not all are saved because you must be born again to be saved.
These additional verses will be helpful in understanding this blog.
All Sins Forgiven: Acts 13:38; Colossians 2:13; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 9:22,26; Hebrews 10:17,18; Hebrew 2:9; Hebrews 7:27.