Why are we being punished for our sins

Does God punish us when we sin?

For all who believe in Jesus, all of our sins - past, present, and future - have already been punished on the cross. As Christians, we will never be punished for our sins. That was done once and for all on the cross. "So there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8: 1). Because of Christ's sacrifice, God only sees Christ's righteousness when He looks at us. Our sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus and we will never be “punished” for it in the sense of a condemnation. At the same time, God disciplines his children when they err, as any good father would. So one could say that Christians are "punished" for sins, but only in the sense of loving discipline. The remainder of this article refers to disciplinary measures to avoid believing that Christians will experience “punishment” (condemnation) from God for their sins.

If we continue to behave sinfully and not repent and forsake sin, God will bring His divine discipline upon us. If he didn't do that, he wouldn't be a loving and caring father. Just as we discipline our children for their own good, Heavenly Father corrects His children for their good. Hebrews 12: 7-13 tells us: “It is for your education when you have to endure. God treats you like children. For where is a son whom the father does not chasten? But if you are without chastisement, which all have experienced, then you are outcasts and not children. If our birth fathers chastened us and we still respected them, shouldn't we subordinate ourselves much more to the father of spirits in order that we may live? For they chastened us a few days as they saw fit, but the latter does it for our own good, so that we can share in his holiness. But every chastisement, when it is there, seems to us not to be joy but pain; but afterwards it brings as fruit to those who are trained through it, peace and justice. "

Discipline is like when a loving God takes his children from rebellion to obedience. A disciplinary action opens our eyes to better see God's perspective on our lives. As King David wrote in Psalm 32, discipline leads us to admit and repent of unrecognized sins. In that way, discipline is cleansing. It is also a catalyst for our growth. The more we know about God, the more we know about His wishes for our lives. Disciplines give us opportunities to learn and change in the style of Christ (Romans 12: 1-2). Discipline is a good thing!

We must remember that sin is with us constantly in our lives while we are on this earth. (Romans 3:10, 23). Therefore, we must be prepared not only for God's discipline for our disobedience, but also for the natural consequences of our sin. If a believer steals something, God will forgive him and cleanse him from the sin of theft, thereby re-establishing the bond between God and the repentant thief. However, the social consequences for the theft can be dire, e.g. B. Fines or even imprisonment. These are natural consequences for sin that we must endure. But even by means of such consequences God works to strengthen our faith and thereby glorify it.


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Does God punish us when we sin?
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