If we ever find ourselves wondering how many of our sins did Jesus Christ atone for, we probably need to give the matter more thought.
We’ve heard it said that once we accept Christ, either we simply don’t sin anymore, or else when we do sin, it’s very, very bad news. But John tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). I don’t see a “sell by” date on that, do you?
Think about it. Jesus Christ died on the cross in propitiation for our sins–for the sins of everyone in the world who accepts Him as Savior. He did this centuries before we were born–before we had committed any sins at all. So how can there be a cut-off point? Like, the Atonement doesn’t cover any sins committed after my 35th birthday?
No, no, no–He covers all our sins. His blood is our plea before God’s judgment seat. The penalty has already been imposed–on Him. The fine has already been paid–by Him.
Even so: even having known this good news, and believed it: even so, it’ll be a fearful thing to stand before that judgment seat.
And that’s a big something to think about.