That is true. Period.
Of course, it presumes a certain context: that we are talking about forgiveness, life, and salvation for Christ’s sake – peace with God through the crucified and risen Son of God via words from God (so if you are talking about some other kind of salvation, that statement would not necessarily be true)
And if you don’t want forgiveness for sins God has shown you, it seems we are not talking about the same Jesus (see this interesting post to) – even if we are using the same words. If you were baptized into Christ, it would seem that although your baptism was valid, it is not presently efficacious. In other words, maybe you can say “I was baptized”, but can you honestly say “I am baptized”?
But what if you are not sure you don’t need forgiveness for such sins? What if you are struggling – meaning that you are not complacently taking pride in your “noble struggle” – but are truly haunted and bothered by it?
The fact that you have warring motivations does not change the fact that you have eternal life – this war is evidence that you have His Spirit already, and that the Lord Jesus Christ is fighting in and for you. The words of a “Mighty Fortress is our God” come to mind:
…He’s by our side upon the plain with His good gifts and Spirit….
He has been reconciled with you and you with Him.
And that doesn’t mean everything is easy! – receiving all the salvation God has for us can be a difficult process to endure.
And take they our life, goods, fame, child and wife….
But we must always remember that forgiveness, life and salvation do not just come to us at the beginning of our life with God, but throughout it (listen to this free audio of the Gospel for those broken by the church if this is sounds like something you need to hear more of).
Just remain in Him. Remember Him. Treasure all His words to you – ones that condemn and kill you and ones that comfort and raise you. For he is everything to us and we look nowhere else. In the past, the present and the future His is the only Source of life, love, and light! By His word, He holds all that is good together.
Let these all be gone, they yet have nothing won;
The kingdom ours remaineth.
“Jesus remember me in your Kingdom…” And as I recently read on an E.O. blog, “We are able to say no to God, but God is no longer able to say no to us, for according to St Paul, “there is only yes in God” (2 Cor 1:19), the yes of his Covenant which Christ has given on the Cross….”
Yes in that He is the friend of sinners, of bruised reeds, and smoldering wicks…
In the coming weeks, I hope to do some others posts going into much detail about things like “free will” and “prevenient grace”.