“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 —
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.
“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.
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
GOD forgives us, through confession, on 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.
How does (this) ‘work’, if all of our sins are forgiven the moment we receive CHRIST as SAVIOR?
HERE is HOW – –
What the apostle John is describing here is,
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.
“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.