Forgiveness of sins isn’t what God does when we weep. It is what He did when Jesus bled.
He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high
In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor
Note that we HAVE the forgiveness of sins. We are not hoping to have the forgiveness of sins.
Our forgiveness isn’t in accordance with the frequency and quality of our confession of sins, but in accordance with the riches of His Grace.
In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.
We have redemption through His blood. That means we have the forgiveness of our sins.
And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions
Note the word ‘ALL’ in the above verse.
The forgiveness of our sins can’t be left at the mercy of the consistency, frequency and quality of our confessions. That in itself is going back to salvation by works. It has never worked. It will never work. It is bound to fail.
Those who insist that 1John 1:9 says Christians must keep confessing every sin in order to be forgiven will find it inconsistent with 1John 2:12
“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.”
The writer wouldn’t have been contradicting himself.
If forgiveness was dependent on our confession of sins, what would be our faith if we forget to confess any of our sins? (Knowing that even the good thing we know to do and fail to do is sin).
The first chapter of first John was written to correct the error preached by Gnostics who have invaded the church and preached that Jesus didn’t come in the flesh, hence the uncharacteristic opening of the first epistle of John, in contrast with the traditional salutation of the saints.
He opened the letter with a direct address to those ‘Gnostics’ :
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life . . .
These folks also believe that man has no sin. The implication of their doctrine is that since Jesus didn’t come in the flesh and man has no sin, Jesus didn’t die and didn’t shed His blood for sins.
Let’s look at 1John 1:9-10;
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
The word rendered as sin here is a noun (harmatia), not a verb/action (harmatano) seen in Chapter 2:1-2.
Therefore in chapter 1:9, he was referring to the sin nature, not an action.
Keep in mind that the word ‘confess’ here is homologeo – saying what has been said; saying the same thing; believing/saying what God has said.
These folks needed to believe and say what God has said concerning the state/nature of the natural man.
God is faithful and just to His unchanging word to cleanse them from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1 is a persuasion targeted at the Gnostics for them to accept God’s word and be saved.
The word ‘we’ as used here is for humanity and doesn’t include the believer.
1 John Chapter 2, 1-2;
“ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an
advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Here he addressed the believers. The opening statement “my little children explains that.”
The word translated sin here is harmatano – a verb/action.
He tells us what to acknowledge IF a believer sins – our advocate.
Your advocate is your lawyer. He speaks for you before the Judge. He tells us who our advocate is – Jesus.
You don’t speak for yourself in court. You employ an advocate. He has the responsibility ot defend you. Let your advocate do the talking.
What then should a believer do if he sins?
Acknowledge that you have an advocate with God. He is your righteousness.
Acknowledge that in Him, you have the forgiveness of your sins.
It is righteousness consciousness (not sin consciousness) that that keeps a believer from sin.
You don’t stay away from dirt to be clean. It is the consciousness of how clean you are that makes you avoid dirt.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not . . .
I call you blessed.
CREDIT: Bibama Solomon