In my book Crispens Point, the main character, Charlotte, has to come to terms with guilt from her past that makes her feel unworthy to receive love. Perhaps you have a similar struggle. At times, I certainly do.
The good news is that we don't have to stay stuck there. And the Book of Hebrews gives us some great reasons why. Supreme among them is the fact that Jesus prays for you:
“…he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:24-26 ESV)
Chapter 7 of Hebrews compares the old Jewish priesthood to Jesus Christ, the perfect priest who once and for all took care of our sins. I love the phrase from the ESV that says: “he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him.” The NIV says: “able to save completely,” but somehow “save to the uttermost” communicates the truth stronger to me. I understand that no matter how bad my sin, it is washed away and gotten rid of. None of it remains as a stain on my record. I am clean before God. Not only that, Jesus is with the Father, reminding him constantly of my redemption.
Have you ever tried to remove a bad stain from something? I spilled tea on a white tablecloth once. Unfortunately, I didn’t treat it right away and the stain became embedded. No matter how many times I bleached that thing, the stain never completely went away. It has faded, but I can still see it.
That will never happen to me. The stains of my life will never bleed through to God the Father because he sees Jesus’ life instead of mine when I am presented before him. Because Jesus is unstained, so am I. That doesn’t mean that my sin is mostly gone like the tea stain on my tablecloth. It means it is as if it was never there in the first place. There is no evidence of it whatsoever.
Is there one sin that you really can’t believe God would ever forgive? If so, you do not understand what Jesus did for you. If you have put your trust in him, it’s not only forgiven but it’s as though it never even happened. You are clean and unstained before God.