Confession, Sin and Salvation

A frequently asked question is:
“what happens if I sin, and then I die before I have an opportunity
to confess that sin to GOD?”

Another common question is:
“what happens if I commit a sin,
but then forget about it and never remember to
confess it to GOD?”

Both of these questions teeter on faulty assumptions —

Salvation is not a matter of believers trying to confess and repent from every sin they commit before they die.
Yes, we should confess our sins to GOD as soon as we are aware that we have sinned. (Why wouldn’t we?) When we commit a wrong
we should try to correct it & ask forgiveness. That (to me) is done out of love and respect to our LORD.

When we place our faith in JESUS CHRIST for salvation,
all of our sins are forgiven.
 That includes past, present, and future, big or small.
JESUS died to pay the penalty for all of our sins, and when they are forgiven, they are all forgiven (Colossians 1:14; Acts 10:43).

“We” [are] to confess our sins: “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). What this verse tells us to do is “confess” our sins to GOD. The word “confess” means
“to agree with” (us) missing or not meeting GOD’S standard.
When we confess our sins to GOD, we are agreeing with GOD
that we were wrong and – that we have sinned.
Romans 10:10
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”


GOD forgives us, through confessionon an ongoing basis
because of the fact that HE is “faithful and just.”
How is GOD “faithful and just”?
 HE is faithful by forgiving sins, which HE has promised to do for all those who receive CHRIST as SAVIOR. HE is just by applying CHRIST’S payment for our sins, recognizing that the sins have indeed been atoned for.
At the same time, “1 John 1:9” (does) indicate that somehow forgiveness is (dependent on) our confessing our sins to GOD.

So, if you ask ~
How does (this) ‘work’, if all of our sins are forgiven the moment we receive CHRIST as SAVIOR?

HERE is HOW – –
W
hat the apostle John is describing here is,
“relational” forgiveness.
All of our sins are forgiven “positionally” the moment we receive CHRIST as SAVIOR.
This (positional forgiveness) guarantees our salvation and promise of an eternal home in heaven.

When we stand before GOD after death, GOD will not deny us entrance into heaven because of our sins.
That is “positional forgiveness”.

Now let’s understand “RELATIONAL FORGIVENESS”:
The concept of “relational forgiveness” is based on the fact that when we sin, we offend GOD and grieve HIS Spirit,
(Ephesians 4:30). While GOD has ultimately forgiven us of the sins we commit, they still result in a blocking or hindrance in our relationship with GOD.
Think of it like this ~
A young boy who sins against his father is not cast out of the family. A godly father will forgive his children unconditionally.
At the same time, a good relationship between father and son cannot be achieved until the relationship is restored.

This can only occur when a child confesses his mistakes to his father and apologizes. That is why we confess our sins to GOD
—not to maintain our salvation, but to bring ourselves back into (close fellowship) with the GOD/FATHER who loves us –
and has already forgiven us.

Romans 10:10,11,12,13
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

5 thoughts on “Confession, Sin and Salvation”

  1. I absolutely agree with you on all points, but a piece of one small statement of a paragraph; where you stated:

    ” When we place our faith in JESUS CHRIST for salvation,
    all of our sins are forgiven. That includes past, present, and future, big or small.
    JESUS died to pay the penalty for all of our sins, and when they are forgiven, they are all forgiven (Colossians 1:14; Acts 10:43).”

    That pieces being, “That includes past, present, and future, big or small”. There is a condition here. When we repent, Christ is faithful to the promises he made to us; as you mentioned. All the appropriate verses are there to validate that truth. However, I was Christ who said, “REPENT AND TURN FROM SIN”. He forgives us and meets us as we are and where we are.. Our past and present and at the point brings us to our SALVATION.

    However, as far as our future, we must commit to God’s word and “TURN AWAY FROM SIN”. He are all human beings. I believe many are delivered from sinful behavior immediately, but for some this is a process. If one who repents and later commits a sin…” Once saved, the Holy Spirit begins a work in us… if we sin, the Holy Spirit will tell us via our spirit/conscience..” if we ignore …that is SIN.

    If I am wrong, I am certainly open to learn the truth in that or need clarity in the matter. I appreciate the discussion and this is why I am here at NACM to learn. Thank you!

    • The Scriptures speak of being saved in three tenses and senses. 
      +In one place the scriptures say that we "have been saved" (past).
      +In another place they say that we "are being saved" (present).
      +In yet another place they say that we "shall be saved" (future).

      All these statements are true. 

      An understanding of how we are saved in three senses and tenses, helps to avoid wrong ideas about salvation, whilst helping us gain a true assurance of salvation.

      1) We Have Been Saved (2Timothy 1:9) Our "Past" Salvation>
      There is a sense in which GOD has already saved each and every Christian. In this sense salvation is equated with the forgiveness of sins.
       

      2) We Are Being Saved (1Corinthians 1:18) Our "Present" Salvation.

      There is a sense in which GOD is still saving each and every Christian. In this sense salvation is equated with the Christian's growth and perseverance.

      3) We Shall Be Saved (Romans 5:9-10) Our "Promised" Salvation.

      There is a sense in which salvation is a future event. In this sense salvation is equated with the second coming of CHRIST.
       

      Salvation actually has at least three phases.

      First, there is justification. “Justification” is a legal term. It relates to a forensic declaration of righteousness quite similar to a modern jury’s announcement of a not guilty verdict upon acquitting the accused. Justification is simply the heavenly announcement of our righteousness. What actually makes us righteous is the righteousness of Christ transferred to us the moment we trust Christ (Philip 3:9).
      Such a transfer is sometimes referred to as imputation. Martin Luther called this “The Great Exchange.” In other words, our unrighteousness is exchanged for Christ’s righteousness the moment we trust in Christ. Once this exchange occurs, in the heavenly court announcement is given that we are righteous and God no longer holds our sins against us. Imputation and justification are instantaneous, taking place at a moment in time.

      Second, there is practical sanctification. Unlike justification which is instantaneous, sanctification is a process. This process involves the believer learning to draw upon the divine resources, such as the Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and Christ’s body or the church, so that our daily lives gradually become more and more Christ-like. Here, our daily conduct begins to catch up with our heavenly identity that is given to us at the point of justification. Practical sanctification is a process that we all experience until our dying day or the rapture of the church, whichever comes first. While we often make progress and even at times lapse backward in the area of practical sanctification, none of us ever “fully arrives” this side of eternity.

      Third, there is glorification. Glorification takes place when we are finally liberated from our present bodies, which still have a capacity for sin. At the moment of death or the rapture, whichever comes first, we are freed from our potential to sin and ushered into the very presence of God (2 Cor 5:8; Philip 1:21-23). Another way of saying it is justification frees us from sin’s penalty, sanctification frees us from sin’s power, and glorification frees us from sin’s presence. Justification is the past tense of salvation (Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5), sanctification is the present tense of salvation (Philip 2:12), and glorification is the future tense of salvation (Rom 5:10).
      In other words, I have been saved (justification), I am being saved (practical sanctification), and I will be saved (glorification).

      What a wonderful salvation process that the Lord has us all on. So the next time we hear the word “salvation,” let us embrace the full dimensions and ramifications of this term, and consequently glorify God for all that He has done for us, is doing for us, and will do for us.

  2. I have found that, whenever something seems ‘confusing’ about what we should or shouldn’t be doing
    in respect to GOD, (if) I look at HIM from the standpoint of a “FATHER”, (which HE is),
    generally the answer becomes abundantly clear.
    HE [is] our FATHER, and we [are] HIS children,
    whether we are natural branches or grafted in,
    (spirit of adoption) HE is still our FATHER.
    And HE deals with us as a FATHER would. Likewise if I approach HIM or, have to answer HIM as a child
    (and I am) it makes perfect sense in how “HE” then deals with me or the answer HE gives.
    That has helped me through more confusion and situations than I can rightly count.

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