CONFESSION

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”         1 John 1:9 NIV

 

The word, “confess”, in this verse, is in the present tense, but “forgive” and “cleanse” are the Greek aorist tense which focus on an action as a totality or as complete. So, confession points to an ongoing action, but the forgiveness and cleansing are completed actions in the past. John uses the word “believe” in the present tense to refer to the means by which we get saved, as found in John 1:12; 3:16. When a person first believes, they receive all the benefits of salvation. Do they stop believing then? No, they go on believing in what Jesus did for them on the cross. As they continue believing, they do not receive the benefits of salvation over and over again, but they do experience them repeatedly. So, the Christian is characterized by a lifestyle of believing in Christ. As we go on believing, we repeatedly enjoy the benefits that we received at salvation. In a similar way, our life is marked by continual confession of sin. It begins at salvation when we acknowledge our sin to God and ask for forgiveness and cleansing. We experience ongoing forgiveness and cleansing as we continue confessing our sin. In 1 John 1:7 the word “cleanses” is in the present tense, indicating that there is an ongoing sense in which the effects of the cleansing of Jesus’ blood is applied to us. Thus, when we sin, we do not lose the forgiveness and cleansing that took place at salvation. But we do not experience it in our walk until we confess our sin. Ongoing confession of sin and the experience of forgiveness and cleansing characterize those who walk in the light.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, thank You for Your forgiveness as I confess my sin to You.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You, Lord, that through our ongoing confession of sin and our experience of forgiveness and cleansing, our lives will reveal that we are walking in the light. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Samuel 18:1-7

 

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