In this misconception series, we’ll look at some of the biggest misconceptions in the body of Christ. This next misconception has to do with punishment. Many people believe if we’ve missed the mark or sin, God will punish us. This is understandable seeing the consequences people received in the Old Covenant, however, we’re under a New Covenant. 

What living under the New Covenant means for us is we’ll never experience God’s wrath or punishment for sin because all of the punishment for sin was literally put on Jesus. 1 Peter 3:18 says, Christ suffered for our sins. Romans 4:8 says, God is not charging sin to our account. Romans 6:10 says, Jesus died once and for all to sin.

Based on these New Covenant promises, God is not dishing out punishment for our sins or the sins of the world. It was poured out on Jesus. So, anytime there’s a catastrophic event that occurs in our lives or in the world, and someone says God is punishing us, we can confidently say God is not punishing us. We’re simply experiencing the trials of life that He warned us about in John 16:33

This understanding will prevent people from blaming and despising God for the things that occur in this world. Praise God for Jesus for taking the punishment of sin.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,