I recently read an article claiming strongly – “Only past sins are forgiven when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior”. Every sin committed onwards must be confessed to God in order to be forgiven of and cleansed from. The blog writer uses this one liner verse in Romans and Peter
Romans 3:25 (KJV)
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
2 Peter 1:9 (NIV)
9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
The stem of daily confession of sins is rooted in wrong believing – because “only your past sins were forgiven” you need to “confess your sin every time you commit one” in order to be forgiven
Honestly, I stopped the daily religious practice of confession long ago. Plus, the Holy Spirit does not convict of sin anymore in me but of righteousness everyday
If confession is true to believers, then the previous religion is much better because it requires you to confess sins once a year to a priest. Whereas yours is daily. If you take it seriously, do it every second. Anything done without faith is sin. Come on! Just as how many of your sins were past when Jesus died?
Please bear with me as we exhaust references. I hope you will read through to the end of this post
The Passover Lamb And The Passing Over – Exodus 12
Is the Remission in Romans 3:25 same as what Jesus said – Remission of sins in Matthew 26:28?
Romans 3:25 (KJV)
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the [Paresis]
Remission Passing Over of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Matthew 26:28 (KJV)
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the [Aphesis]
Remission Forgiveness of sins.
– Passing Over in greek Paresis – “suspension” or “passing over”
– Forgiveness in greek Aphesis – “Remission” has to do with the cleansing of sin by the blood of Jesus
– Forgive in greek Aphiemi – pardon of sin for sinner through confession (agreeing with God) after repentance (change of mind)
Please note that Forgive and Forgiveness is the not same
Romans 3:25-26 (New Living Translation)
25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
Paul was not talking about the remission or forgiveness of sins. He was rather talking about the “Passing Over” of sins in the past. This verse clearly does not say anything about “only your past sins are forgiven” rather it tells us “why sins were not dealt in the past (before Jesus death)”
Please note that there was forgiveness prior to the death of Jesus at the cross. But that forgiveness apart from the cross does not take away sins (remission). It does not make you right with God (righteous)
For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins (remission of sins, forgiveness). Thus, God pass over the sins until after Jesus shed blood at the cross. The remission of sins is in the shed blood of Jesus (Matthew 26:28). Only the blood of Jesus can take away sins.
If the Passover Lamb (a shadow of Jesus) protected the Israelites from death, not only that but also gave them good health; How much more the true being Himself – Jesus – Who conquered death! Who is health himself!
Believers : Cleansed Because The Blood Cleanse and Cleanses
By now, we should know the greek word for forgive & forgiveness; Aphiemi & Aphesis
2 Peter 1:9 (NIV)
8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been [Katharismos] Cleansed from their past sins.
1 John 1:9 (LEB)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, so that he will forgive us our sins and will [Katharizó] Cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:7 (LEB)
7 But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son [Katharizó] Cleanses us from all sin.
– Cleansed in greek Katharismos (noun) – “Cleansing” or “Purifying”
– Cleanse in greek Katharizó (verb) – “Make Clean” or “Make Pure”. This is where Katharismos is derived from.
* essentially Katharismos and Katharizó are the same in meaning
Again 2 Peter 1:9 does not say anything about being forgiven of past sins only, rather it says being cleansed from past sins. Forgiven and Cleansed are not the same
Forgiven is when unbelievers (in darkness) confess their sins (noun)– 1 John 1:9
Cleansed is when believers (in the light) and The blood of Jesus cleanses them from all sin – 1 John 1:7
What was Peter really saying then? “If you do not possess these qualities (2 Peter 1:5-7) you are blind and have forgotten that you were cleansed from your past sins”
The issue is not being cleansed of past sins but rather forgetting they were cleansed. Peter does not talk about forgiveness because obviously they were forgiven to qualify for the cleansing
From Sinner we were forgiven to become Believers. When believers miss the mark (sin) they are cleansed because The blood of Jesus Cleanses them from all sin. Can a Believer become a Sinner because of 1 tiny, small, white lie – sin? No! Rather dirty, but the blood of Jesus Cleanses (present and active) purifies them from all sin
Then you argue with me and say. But it says “Cleansed from their Past Sins” – When a believer sin, immediately the blood of Jesus cleanses them from all sin. There is no delay. No confession requirement. It becomes past as soon as you commit one
To be Cleansed is Man bounded by his world and time in past, present and future
To Forgive is God, Not bounded by Man’s time rather in heaven and outside time – eternal
If you ever forget you have been cleansed of Past sins, then you are blind
Fast Forward To Remove Sin Of The Past
What’s the fuzz about past sins. How about this ”Jesus went to the future to the end of the age to offer himself to remove sin”
Hebrews 9:25-28 (LEB)
25 and not in order that he can offer himself many times, as the high priest enters into the sanctuary year by year with blood not his own, 26 since it would have been necessary for him to suffer many times from the foundation of the world, but now he has appeared once at the end of the ages for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this, judgment, 28 thus also Christ, having been offered once in order to bear the sins of many, will appear for the second time without reference to sin to those who eagerly await him for salvation.
In summary, Hebrews 9:25-28 is saying
1. If Jesus made the offer in Man’s world, He would have to do it every year. Otherwise all our sins now are not forgiven, because we (you and me reading this blog) are future. So Jesus has to die in our time, year 2011. Then next year until the end of Man.
2. So what Jesus did to avoid suffering yearly, After his death at the cross, He went to the last day of time – our time – in the future, much like fast forward. Then made an offer there so that all our sins are now Past! and that it has been removed, In God’s context of time! No wonder God says I will remember your sins no more
3. Now (not our now. Jesus’ now) Jesus has been offered once and He bears the sins of many
1 Peter 3:18 (LEB)
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins
4. He will appear in the second coming, not looking for sin to those who are waiting for him for salvation. That is us – Believers! So tell me, where is your sin? Is it in the Past? Present? Future? Its gone! Even God cannot find it!
5. Jesus Died for all your sins. PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE
Hebrews 10:12 (LEB)
12 But this one, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God
Sins for all time refers to Man’s time. All means Past, Present and Future
In the future when Jesus comes back, Will He Convict you of sin? NO! He will save you instead!
Hebrews 9:28 (LEB)
28 thus also Christ, having been offered once in order to bear the sins of many, will appear for the second time without reference to sin to those who eagerly await him for salvation.
In the Present, does the Holy Spirit Convict you of sin? NO! He will remind you are righteous!
John 16:8-11 (LEB)
8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and concerning righteousness and concerning judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me, 10 and concerning righteousness, because I am going away to the Father and you will see me no more, 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
Believers : All Your Sins Are Forgiven – Past, Present And Future
When you confess your sins everyday, It means you are sin conscious and not Righteousness conscious.
Hebrews 10:2 (LEB)
2 For otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the ones who worship, having been purified once and for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?
Jesus perfect and Finish work removes all sins from you – there should be no more consciousness of sins. This knowledge should not make us sin conscious, but rather righteousness conscious
Stop confessing your sins today, Stop trying to remind God of your sins. He cannot remember it anymore!
Start confessing “I am the righteousness of God in Christ”. Start remembering what Jesus has done for you!