Forgiven, Even After Suicide?

Forgiven, Even After Suicide?

Forgiven, Even After Suicide?

I hope you had a good week? The Lord will perfect that which He started in you in Jesus Name, Amen.

This might sound strange to some of us but really, is it? Will God forgive a Christian that committed suicide and accept him in heaven? What do you think? Anyway it doesn’t matter what you think. What do the scriptures say? Though the Christian who committed suicide have sinned, gravely too, but he is definitely still forgiven. To understand it we first need to understand what salvation is and what it is based upon.

Salvation is the state of being saved from God’s judgment upon a sinner. The only way to be saved is first, to confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The scriptures say in Romans 10: 9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

It sounds so simple, but really, it is that simple. Trust in Him for He is the only way to salvation as we see in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” And Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” It has to be by faith in Jesus “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” Romans. 5:1

As we are told in scriptures that “…the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans. 6:23. There is nothing you can do of your own accord to get the salvation of God outside of Jesus “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God Ephesians. 2:8-9

When God forgives you and accepts you into the kingdom of His dear Son Jesus, it is the privilege of His grace that did it. Colossians 1 verse 13-14 tells us that He “…hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son, In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”

Your salvation came to you as a gift from God. If you received it then that is it. Ephesians 4:30 advices us “…grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. There is a seal on your salvation. If we back up a few chapters, in Ephesians 1:13-14 it says “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” What is the purchased possession? You, the redeemed of the Lord are His purchased possession. 1Corinthians 6:20 says For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” In today’s analogy where you buy stuff online, you pay for it and it becomes yours but you don’t have possession yet until that thing is delivered to you at your doorstep. Same thing here, The Lord Jesus paid for you with His blood on the cross of Calvary. You belong to the Him. You are His prized possession until the delivery date. That date, no one knows, only the father. Jesus said in Mark 13:32 “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”

Some would argue that the fact that God used the Holy Spirit to seal you till the day if redemption does not mean the seal cannot be tampered with. Really? Didn’t John say in that scripture in Revelation 3:7 that Jesus is “…he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth”? That line of thought beats me. Don’t they see other scriptures like the one in John 10 or Romans 8?

God does not forgive a sinner, then hands him a temporary life. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29.

Romans 8:39 “…Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord

God forgives sinners and gives them eternal life; and they shall never perish. It is not called temporary eternal life but simply eternal life.

Salvation is not based upon what you do, it is what the Lord Jesus did that gets you saved. In other words, you don’t have to obey any Law of God in order to become saved. This is because no one is saved by keeping the Law of God “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28

You got saved by grace, as in Ephesians. 2:8 as I said earlier. Other than acting by faith in trusting and accepting what Jesus did on the cross, you didn’t do a thing etra “…But as many as received him, to them gave he power (A gift) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of GodJohn 1:12-13

Since you did not get your salvation by what you did, you cannot lose it by what you do.

What about the unforgivable sin? You ask. What about it? Is that suicide? No. Suicide is not the unforgivable sin. Jesus spoke of the unforgivable sin in Matthew. 12:22-32. The context is when the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of the devil.

 Since you did not get your salvation by what you did, you CANNOT lose it by what you do, that is a solid fact.

The bottom line of that is, for receiving Jesus as your Lord and saviour, you have crossed that hurdle, it’s not your portion ever again into eternity. Therefore, suicide is not the unforgivable sin.

You ask, is repentance necessary for salvation?

Of cause the answer is both yes and no. Now, before you crucify me, hear me out. Repentance comes as a result of the saving work of God, not the cause of salvation. If repentance brought salvation, then salvation is by works. That will mean you did it yourself, by your own strength. Thank God it doesn’t work that way. God and God alone grants repentance to the unbeliever as we can see in this scripture. 2 Timothy. 2:25 Says “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will GIVE THEM REPENTANCE to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

God gives the repentance first so the unbeliever can then turn from his sin; that is, he stops sinning. He is able to repent because he has been enabled; he is saved, not so he can get saved. Though the same principle applies to the Christian as well.

Then you quickly ask, what about 1 John 1:9 that says, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” True, but note this, this scripture is primarily for the believer, the already salvaged soul. For the unbeliever, it is the confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ that gets him salvation. As we see in Romans 10: 9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Confession of sin and its natural result of repentance are necessary elements of the Christian’s life. But, what about the sins that we do not know we commit? If we do not confess them and do not repent of them, are we still saved? Of course we are! Otherwise, we would be forced to confess and repent of every single sin we ever commit, in thoughts, words and indeed. In effect, that means we’d be back under the Law, living by a rule of absolute repentance of every detail lest you be damned. This is bondage, not freedom. Jesus said “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” His yoke is light and easy, not heavy and hard Matthew. 11:28-30.

So, repentance is not the cause of salvation, but it is a result of salvation. The believer repents from his sins upon trusting in Christ and thereafter continues to repent of further sins that the Lord reveals to him.

Now, let’s check back on that suicide issue

Suicide is, self-murder, there are no other two words for it. The unfortunate thing about it is that the one who commits it cannot repent of it. The damage is permanently done. We can see instances in the Bible where people committed murderer have been redeemed (Moses, David, etc.), but they had opportunities to confess their sins and repent. But with suicide, the person does not have any such opportunity. But still, that does not mean the person is lost. The God given fact is that Jesus bore all that person’s sins, including suicide. If Jesus bore that person’s sins on the cross over 2,000 years ago and if suicide was exempt and not covered, then you and I as Christians were never saved in the first place if the one sin of suicide is able to undo the entire work of the cross of Christ. This cannot be. Jesus either saves completely or He does not save at all. We obtain heaven only by our belief and receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord Saviour. People go to hell only by their rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour which translates to the unpardonable sin

Conclusion

Is the Christian forgiven for suicide? Yes, emphatically so too. But suicide is not an option. We do not have the right to take our own lives. That belongs to God. It is a sin, but not the sin unto death. He missed the mark, in which case it falls under the cover of the blood of propitiation. For Jesus took care of all the sins in the past, present and even in the future. God is propitiated in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Expiation refers to the removal of our sins, propitiation refers to the removal of God’s wrath.

By dying in our place for our sins, Jesus Christ removed the wrath of God that we justly deserved. In fact, it goes even further: propitiation is not simply a sacrifice that removes wrath, but a sacrifice that removes wrath and turns it into favour. (Note: a propitiation does not turn wrath into love — God already loved us fully, which is the reason he sent Jesus Christ to die; it turns his wrath into favour so that his love may realize its purpose of doing good to us every day, in all things, forever, without sacrificing His justice and holiness. That is why thought like I said, suicide is not an option at all for the Christian. He sinned, as in missing the mark, The Greek word there is  hamartano,  pronounced ham-ar-tan’-o Meaning “to miss the mark and so not share in the prize” The reward for overcoming the situation that drove him into that desperation, he misses. As for his salvation, that is untouched.

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