Symbol: Health Insurance coverage with pre-existing condition
Lesson: God’s forgiveness doesn’t mean we are sinless.
Illustration: Our exercising faith can be likened to a health insurance policy. The insurer's willingness to offer coverage when we have a preexisting condition doesn't mean we are cured, it means they are willing to work with us as one qualified for coverage. We still have the preexisting condition, but their expectation is that we will make efforts to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.
It is the same with God’s forgiveness. Some wrongly conclude that because the Bible speaks of believers being “declared righteous,” they assume that they can do nothing wrong. The Bible pointedly debunks that wrong reasoning. Romans 11:17-24; 2 Peter 2:20-22
Notes: Those promoting the “once saved, always saved” belief are adamant that they can sin with impunity and God will overlook it.