Hey guys! I’m so sorry that I haven’t been posting daily. However, I will be making up each of the posts I missed, so happy reading!
Today’s verse reads, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John actually happens to be my favorite book of the Bible! In this chapter, John first talks how how Jesus came. He doesn’t say it explicitly in those terms, but we can infer that this is what he was talking about with such words as, “the life…has appeared to us”. In the next part of the chapter, John talks about light and darkness. He says that God is the light and if you walk in darkness, you don’t have fellowship with Him. John then says that if we walk in the light, that Jesus will cleanse us from all our sins. He ends the chapter by proclaiming that if we say that we don’t have sin, then we are liars and also make God a liar.
Can I just start out by saying that I am SO excited about this post. Talking about the forgiveness of Christ is one of my very favorite subjects! So, let’s get right into it! The first part of this verse states very clearly “IF” we “CONFESS” our sins. That’s a big “if”. A lot of Christians today are in denial about their sin. Even people that are not Christians are in denial about their sin. I can be in denial about my sin sometimes! This is something important to keep in mind then. There is a condition to God’s forgiveness just like there are conditions to anything else you buy. Except we’re not using money to buy forgiveness, we’re using our faithfulness.
The next part is God’s promise to us. If we do our part and confess our sins, God promises to be faithful and just to forgive them. Now, let’s take a look at those words to be sure that we know what we are getting from God. In this verse, faithful is taken to mean “to be trusted”* or “reliable”*. This means that we can take God at His word. The word just “designates the perfect agreement between His nature and His actions”*. We know what God’s nature is, right? He is a perfect God. So, to have agreement between His nature and His actions, His actions must also be perfect, right? This means that His words, his actions, everything that comes from God must be perfect. Therefore, we have nothing to worry about when it comes to His forgiveness IF we confess our sins.
“To cleanse us from all unrighteousness”…what does that mean? Sin makes us dirty. God is clean. God can’t deal with us while we are dirty. So, in order to have God deal with us, we must go through Jesus and get cleansed. Unrighteousness is seen as “a moral evil.”* Until we are cleansed, we are essentially morally evil.
So, let’s talk about God’s forgiveness in general for a moment. When God forgives us, He doesn’t forgive like we as humans do. God takes our sin and throws it into a sea of forgetfulness. God doesn’t remember our sin and just say “it’s okay now”. He literally makes it as though we never sinned at all. He makes us completely clean. And that is the greatest blessing of all.
Something else: When we continue to ask God for forgiveness for the same old thing or continue to worry about it ourselves, we are calling God a liar and saying that we do not believe His promises. This is something to keep in mind as we go about our daily lives.
Do better. Think better. Be better.