I John Chapters 1 through 5
This week’s reading is from I John 1:7-8. “If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Many years ago God opened this passage up to me and it has been a life verse ever since. When we come to God and confess our sins, He forgives us, not because He is just a nice guy, He forgives us because “it is just.” This means that God’s laws demand that when we sin someone has to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus offered to do this on the cross. When we sin, God’s law is met and the penalty is paid in Jesus. It is like when a person who breaks the laws and is declared guilty and has to go to jail. But instead of that person going to jail, someone else who is totally innocent goes in his place. Most of us know this part of forgiveness, but the second part is even more exciting. Since we have been forgiven, God cleanses the record. He erases the offense. It is as though it never happened! Even in our country if a criminal pays for his crime by going to jail, his record follows him wherever he goes, not so with God’s kingdom. Once we are forgiven, God cleanses the record. When a Christian understands this, it brings such freedom and liberation from the weight of guilt. How good it is to know that God has not only forgiven us, but He has the ability to erase the offense from the books. We actually can stand before Him as righteous. I believe this is a small insight into judgment day as well. When we stand before God on that day, it is going to be like the angels will put a DVD of our life on for everyone to watch. But since all of our sins have not only been forgiven, they have been edited, the movie will only show a life of perfection! Incredible. Now for sure, some people’s DVD’s will be short, like the thief on the cross, and some may be quite a bit longer, like maybe Billy Graham’s, but no matter what, it will be an awesome experience. Not one of our sins will ever show up on that DVD. If you have confessed your sins to God, He has forgiven you and cleansed you!