by Watchman James Q
“If we continue to confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from every unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Scripture is clear: when the believer confesses a sin to God, God forgives. To merely report a sin, however, is not confession. Confession is agreeing with God that we sinned against Him (Psalm 51:4). Confession also requires repentance. We agree with God that we sinned against Him (confession), we turn from our sin (repentance) and return to God.
To conclude we deserve punishment for our sin is neither confession nor repentance. God forgives those who repent and confess, He does not punish confession and repentance. Biblical repentance is sorrow for rebellion against God, accompanied with the sincere intent to change our behavior so the rebellion is not repeated.
When the believer confesses sin, Christ addresses the Father (1 John 2:1), “Yes Father, that person sinned and deserves death. Remember I paid for that sin on the cross when I suffered Your wrath and My physical death. The debt is paid, and this saved person, Our child, must be forgiven. They have confessed and repented of sin and must be restored to fellowship and service.”
God doesn’t forgive sins just to be a nice guy. God forgives sins because Christ paid the penalty for every sinful act any believer might commit past, present, or future (1 John 2:2). We are always forgiven when we agree with God.
Father God, I agree with You and Your Word. I have sinned. I repent. Christ suffered and died. I am forgiven.
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