God doesn’t give second chances

In this life, you only get one chance. If you screw it up, you don’t get to try again, despite what Super Mario Bros 3 may tell you. Such is the way of God. He is righteous and just and as a righteous and just God, he requires absolute perfection. And that’s how the world was created, perfectly. And then sin entered the world. Notice that word; entered. Sin was not a part of this world. Sin entered the world. And it tainted everything. And because we have sinned, we are rightly condemned. We don’t get to try again. We blew it. We blew it without even trying. That’s how tainted we are.

But something happened. One man somehow made it through life without sin. The taint didn’t touch him as it had touched all else. And then, when he was executed, he took the punishment for all of our sin for all time all at once. That man was God wrapped in human flesh, the Son Jesus Christ. And with that sacrifice, God just looks the other way from your sins and simply says, “Nope. Didn’t happen.”

Christ paid the price for your sins because you couldn’t.  You don’t get any second chances and through the grace and mercy of God, you don’t need one.

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7 thoughts on “God doesn’t give second chances

  1. Greg Eilers says:

    Then, in Christ, because of Christ, He gives us innumerable second chances, praise Him, as we sin and He forgives us.


    • Greg, if I may disagree with you ever so slightly, and feel free to offer correction. My basic lounge of thought in the post is that Good doesn’t give second chances because a second chance implies something that we do. We each have one chance and being sinners, we all successfully blow it right from the get go. If God gave us a second chance, that would just give us another few minutes to blow it again. Through Christ’s sacrifice, we’re not given a second chance because our sins have been blotted out. That first chance we blew is not even recognized because Christ took care of it all for us.


      • Greg Eilers says:

        I appreciate what you are saying, Brad. We both are correct. This is one of those “it’s a matter of the perspective one is taking on the subject” things, very much as with the topics of objective and subjective justification.

        It is a fact: the Lord constantly blots out my sins for Christ’s sake. It is a fact, I continue to sin. It is a fact, the Holy Spirit doesn’t leave me, but continues to give me second chances.


      • So it appears to me that what we are both saying is different and the same based on how we perceive second chances. Gotta love the English language, causing trouble even for those who speak it. If i may pose one minor question. Am I correct in assuming your view on a second chance doesn’t require salvation to be placed on your shoulders? That is how you come to the train of thought that God give you innumerable seconds chances?


      • Greg Eilers says:

        Brad, I grew up Roman Catholic. I never heard the pure Gospel. I was always led to believe that I had to do my part – confession, penance, Rosaries, and so forth – and, like Luther, my shoulders were stooped from the weight of it all. Becoming Lutheran, hearing and learning the pure Gospel, you will NEVER hear me place even an ounce of requirement on man’s shoulders. Confession of sins is the good work of the Spirit, who works with our spirit, to lead us to Christ. Everything is gift – everything – borne of love, for Christ’s sake.


      • Amen to that, Greg. Lutheranism is such a weight off my shoulders after listening to the legalism of other denominations.

        Greg, thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my posts like you do. I know one day that I’m going to mess one up royally and it’s good to that there will be good learned theologians to call me out on my mistakes when they happen.


      • Greg Eilers says:

        You’re most welcome, brother! I love the conversation. One of the things I’ve learned is that I can say something, it is correct, but it is heard differently and, thus, heard as if it is wrong or incomplete. Of course, most of the time it is when one of my members is waking up from sleeping through the middle of the sermon!


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