Good mornin to you my friend, thank you for sharing some of your valuable time with me.

I’m going to show you something from scripture that is strong meat of the word, and my hope is that it’ll help you to better understand the Christian’s forgiveness of sins where God is concerned.

So let’s get some clarity on some doctrinal issues shall we?

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First, let’s consider the teaching that some people promote that the word of God is written ONLY to believers.

Well right off the bat we know that isn’t right.
Because a panoramic view of the Bible clearly shows anyone that God’s heart is to save lost people, to reconcile the world unto Himself, (and He communicates this message of reconciliation to lost people through His word). If all of scripture was written only to the children of God, you wouldn’t find evangelistic verses for lost people to be saved.

The books of “John,” “Romans,” and “Galatians” come to mind in this regard, or what about 2 Corinthians 5?

19 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

Therefore we can interpret scripture armed with the knowledge that God does for a fact speak to people through scripture so that they can be saved.

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Next, let’s deal with the only verse of scripture AFTER THE ATONEMENT that people point to, to suggest that Christians receive ongoing sin-forgiveness from God, (1 John 1:9).

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Well, if we isolated that verse and made the faulty assumption that every verse of scripture is written only to born-again Christians, then perhaps a case could be made that 1 John 1:9 is speaking to Christians as a methodology for ongoing sin-cleansing.
But as we saw earlier, we know for a fact that scripture does speak to unsaved people so that they can be saved.

{Read 1 John chapter 1 for yourself, and see what God is saying in scripture}

1 “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;

2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

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Now do you believe that 1 John 1:9 is written to Christians as a daily bar of soap for ongoing sin-cleansing?

If you do, then you must also believe that Christians:

  1. need to have fellowship with people who have fellowship with the Father (real Christians)
  2. say to have fellowship with Him but walk in darkness,
  3. lie,
  4. do not the truth,
  5. say that they have no sin,
  6. deceive themselves,
  7. the truth is not in them,
  8. say that they have not sinned,
  9. make him a liar,

And,

  1. His word is not in them

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(Forget what religion says), do you really believe that’s speaking about Christians?

Or,

Does it make more sense that it’s speaking about false Christians who are among genuine Christians who need salvation?

That text appears (to me), to be a clear salvation-plea to sin-denying false Christians who are among genuine Christians. (Which is always an issue in every congregation).

It’s telling sin-denyers to come to Christ in honesty, to be like the publican in Luke 18.13 who:

“standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.”

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But believe it or not, there’s an even stronger biblical case why 1 John 1:9 isn’t speaking about a Christian receiving ongoing forgiveness from God.

And that’s because God ONLY forgives anyone’s sin in Jesus’ blood.

Here’s the proof in Hebrews chapter 9:

16 “For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.

19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.

21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.

22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

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Add to that, no where in scripture after the atonement has been made do we see any language about God issuing ongoing sin-forgiveness to Christians.
(Nor do we see any language after the atonement that any Christian should seek ongoing sin-forgiveness from God).
Even in Paul’s famous lamentation in Romans 7.14-25 (where he’s bemoaning the fact that he’s doing the very sins that he hates), he never once suggested that he could aquire ongoing forgiveness for those ongoing sins.

Why?

Because he understood the blood-system that God operates by. He understood that God only forgives sin by Jesus’ blood, (and that it all had already been completely applied to him).
He knew the illogic of asking God to give him what God had already given to him.

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{A quick aside, no one is forgiven of any sin until they are in Christ. Unbelievers have no sin-forgiveness from God}

Acts 10.43

“To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”

Acts 26.18

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

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(Speaking to the born-again Christian)

I know that all of this is counterintuitive (already-completed forgiveness), it’s very counterintuitive, I get it.
(We naturally think that God deals with us like we deal with one another).

But God doesn’t operate like we do, His ways are higher than our ways, (and we’re always on the right track if we believe God over our flawed thinking).

Jesus wasn’t brutality killed as a “positional” payment for your sins. It was savage, it was real, and it was the sufficient atonement for all of your sins.

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So by all means, join me in constantly resisting sin and asking God to help you in your sin struggles. Yes amen.

But understand that the issue of your sin forgiveness where God is concerned, is finished.
God isn’t issuing anymore forgiveness to you for your sins.

Why?

Because Jesus isn’t bleeding & dying anymore for the forgiveness of your sins.

(That’s how sin-forgiveness works in God’s economy).

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So I thank you for visiting with me.

And all glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever!