God does not see good or evil. The only thing that God can see is the finished work of his son Jesus on the cross. When we have sin and believe we are unacceptable to God, or disqualified from our sonship and try to perform through “good works” to get back into God’s “good graces” we are assuming we are responsible for our position and redemption with God. The only thing God can see is the provision that was made “once for all” at the cross. It is our only prerogative to look at what God looks at… the cross.
To live in guilt and condemnation from sin is to also believe that God has further plans, an alternative plan, for releasing and redeeming us from our sins. There is no other plan. If we think our sins are not “taken away once and forever,” we are saying that God needs to provide additional redemption, more sacrifice and continued work. The letter to the Hebrews says that the work of the cross was for “eternal redemption” and “eternal inheritance” and there is no need of any further sacrifice and provision for sin.
At the crucifixion Jesus said, “It is finished.” We must believe it is finished. More repentance is our way back, not more sacrifice. God sees our repentance… not our sins.
“This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations.” Jesus