Are believers only forgiven past sins and needing confession to forgive ongoing sins?
When we read this passage, does it mean that only our past sins forgiven?
Romans 3 “23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God sent to be an atoning sacrifice, through faith in his blood, for a demonstration of his righteousness through the passing over of prior sins, in God’s forbearance”
2 Peter 1 “9 For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.“
Does this mean that we need to confess our present and future sins to be forgiven?That is not the truth. The Bible says that the “past sins” or “old sins” were those committed under the old / previous covenant of the Law.
Hebrews 9 “15 For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, since a death has occurred for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”
This means that these are sins committed when we were unbelievers, dead in sin, in the past.But on the cross, the believer was made alive, forgiven of ALL sin because the demands of the Law came to an end on the cross for those who trust in Christ. We are no longer sinners because we are no longer under judgment of the law.
Colossians 2 “13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us. He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. “
Under Law, the person was conscious of sins – always offering sacrifices and confessions that could never take away their sins.
Romans 3 “20 Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight; for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.”Hebrews 10 “ For the law, having a shadow of the good to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Or else wouldn’t they have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins? 3 But in those sacrifices there is a yearly reminder of sins. 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.”
Jesus Christ came to fulfill and set aside the Law for the believer and make a New Covenant, so that we are made perfect forever by His death on the cross – forgiven past, present and future sins!
Hebrews 10 “9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.…..14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
We are no longer conscious of sins – not under the law anymore! Not required to keep on confessing our present or future sins!Why can we be so confident that our present and future sins are forgiven? It’s because we are under the New Covenant – where God will not judge our sins anymore if we believe in Jesus! If Jesus only died for our past sins, then He has to die again for our future sins too.But we are forgiven past, present and future sins by His one sacrifice.This is why Jesus will not die again – because His death fulfilled the Law for the believer – therefore there are no more sins to be forgiven for the believer.
Hebrews 10 ” 17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”
If a person does not believe in Christ, then all sins are judged under the law.
The law still remains in the world to judge the unbeliever.
But if a person believes in Christ, then all sins are forgiven and God will not judge our sins anymore because we are righteous without works but only by faith in Jesus. We are not under law as believers but in Christ (grace).
Romans 4 “5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them …..to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.“