Q25: Does Christ's Death Mean All Our Sins can be Forgiven?

New City Catechism: Question 25


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor of Parkside Church outside of Cleveland, Ohio, answers the question, "Does Christ's death mean all our sins can be forgiven?”


2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)

21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question twenty-five with the following answer: yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ’s righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more.


Alistair said Jesus’ death covers every sin. He died as our substitute so that we would not ever bear the penalty of our wrongdoing. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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God forgives our sins—every single one. When we put our trust in Jesus and repent from our sins, God, in His grace, sees Christ’s righteousness instead of our sin. 


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through 2 Corinthians 5:21. Take a moment to reflect on what it means that God forgives your sins. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of God’s forgiveness, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize 2 Corinthians 5:21. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through the truth that God forgives your sins.



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