One of the hallmark Bible principles we taught our 4th and 5th graders in VBS this year was that Christ died for ALL our sins, the sins we have committed or ever will commit. We told them there is not a single sin you could ever struggle with that has not already been forgiven at the cross of Christ.
I got called out by a brother in Christ who said I was wrong. He quoted 1 John 1:9. He believes, I think, that confessing our sins means continually asking God to forgive us.
I said I thought “confessing” our sins in that verse and elsewhere, means agreeing with God that we are wretched filthy rags, and it’s only by God’s grace, and Christ’s death on the cross that we are forgiven.
My brother also brought up the way Jesus taught us to pray in the Lord’s prayer–“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” To me, our forgiveness of others is not a prerequisite for God to forgive us?
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just (Christ) for the unjust (us) (parenthesis mine), so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; (NASB)
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous(Christ) for the unrighteous(us),(parenthesis mine), to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. (NIV)
I’d love to hear what you think. Do you agree that Christ died once for all our sins, the ones we’ve committed or ever will commit?
Can I get an “Amen” and some feedback, please?