A Clean Break
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Recorded in, 1 John 1:8 esvbible.org
We need a clean break!
From our sin and guilt.
Only the followers of Jesus know that there is a way, in fact, there is only one way, to be forgiven for all of our sin, to be freed from all our guilt, to find genuine peace and assurance.
Sin, which is our disobedience and rebellion against our Creator, our failure to measure up to His holy standard, is part of our spiritual DNA, inherited from Adam, the ancestor all humanity has in common.
By God’s grace, even though we have all sinned against Him, mercifully enables us to feel guilt, and to know, no matter how much we resist, we need to be forgiven. It’s in all of us.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
What factors are necessary for our forgiveness?
1. Our confession of sin.
By the way, John points out that denial here is not an option.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us … If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8, 10)
The underlying meaning of “confess” is, “to agree with”. So when we confess our sin to God we are agreeing with God that we are sinners and that He alone is righteous and holy.
And Paul reminds us that no one, including you, and including me, no one is exempt.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
2. The character of God.
God is both faithful, meaning that He can be relied on to do what He promises:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
And God is just, meaning He will always do what is right.
We do not, in any way, deserve the grace and mercy of God, but He has promised forgiveness to all who, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone, call on Him to be saved.
3. Our cleansing from all unrighteousness.
When God forgives our sin, He takes away the guilt and stain of our sin, and He also promises to not only forgive our sin but also to forget our sin.
“And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34)
God forgives us, justifies us, sanctifies us, reconciles us, restores us, renews us, all by cleansing us from our sin.
We all need a clean break.
How about you?
Soli Deo gloria!