UNDERSTANDING FORGIVENESS OF SINS (2)

Romans 3: 25 – 26 [KJV] – Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

God puts away man’s sins in his righteousness and justifies him.

This justification does not come by periodically declaring (confessing) our sins but by the sovereign/once and for all declaration of the almighty God.

If our salvation requires a periodical confession of sins, Paul by the Spirit of God wouldn’t have left it out. If it was so vital, he wouldn’t be silent on it.

Paul throughout all of his epistles didn’t mention or instruct believers to “confess” their sins for once. Rather he reminds believers of who they are in Christ Jesus, he advises us to reckon; put on/put off, yield, renew etc.

As a child grows to learn the ways of his Father (in His word) he puts away childish things; he rises to be a young man who will become strong because of the abiding word of God in him.

1John 2: 14[KJV] – I have written unto you fathers, because you have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

The believer’s focus should not be on his confession of sin (which breeds sin consciousness) but on the word of God (on what has been provided in the finished works of Christ and on the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in the believer) which causes transformation and spiritual maturity.

Confession of sin is a focus on self (In confession of sin, a man is conscious on what He has done, said or acted wrongly and brings them before God). He loses the focus of what Jesus had done in His finished works (or the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit).

It is selfishness to focus on everything you did and lose sight of everything Jesus did. It is selfishness to acknowledge/admit what you did before God, and forget to acknowledge/admit what Jesus did on your behalf.

Some hold on to the fact that once they failed to confess their sins, they are no longer right with God, and that some punishments (disappointments, delay etc.) would soon be on their doors knocking, so they quickly get into confession of sin out of fear to appease God to avoid what they think is God’s automatic punishment for defaulters.

Man tries to put things right with God by confessing his sin thinking that God’s anger will be appeased by his constant or periodical confession of sin; but God’s anger cannot and can never be appeased by your confession, His anger had already been appeased by the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf.

God does not need your confession of sin to forgive you, all He ever needed was the price Jesus paid (and God will not ask you to pay any price anymore), any price you are paying now is a self-inflicted price and it has nothing to hold in the presence of God. God will not forgive you because you’re asking for forgiveness now (or confessing your sins now), He already forgave you whether you ask or not. Your sins were not forgiven because you ask God for forgiveness, but because you believed in what Jesus did in His death, burial and resurrection.

Your confession of sins will not bring a fresh package of forgiveness other than which Christ provided 2000 years ago and what He has already provided for you is effective and enough for all past, present and future sins. In confession of sins, you cannot faithfully confess all the sins you have committed no matter how much you try, even if you try to confess all that you remember; the fact that you are confessing your sins in the first place is an sign that you have not grasped what Jesus did and you’re still living in unbelief.

Even if you still hold on the school of thought that okays confession of sin, how will you be sure that God has forgiven you of the sins you just committed if you were not sure He already forgave you 2000 years ago? First, we ought to have a better idea of who God is to the believer and secondly who the believer has become in God. Also, we ought to be more conscious and obsessed with what “has been provided” not “what we can provide”.

 

CONFESSION – I have been justified in Christ and I am conscious of this justification. I have the fullness of God dwelling in me. I am obsessed with who I am in Christ and what I have been given. I am armed with this reality always. Glory to God!

 

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