Joseph Prince‘s theory is that we don’t have to ask for forgiveness anymore because we have already been forgiven once for all. So, when John’s first letter says –
“If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin…”
– is John referring to our first time coming-to-Christ sinner’s prayer?
We are all sinners – we all need forgiveness – but once we’ve received that forgiveness, that’s it, we don’t need to ask again…ever?
As the writer of the letter to the Hebrews says:
“Christ appeared once for all to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
Once for ALL!
That’s all people – and all sin.
This is why John says in one of the most hotly disputed verses in the bible:
“No one who lives in Him continues to sin. He CANNOT go on sinning because he has been born of God.”
CAN NOT GO ON.
But I do, you cry. I do, again and again. I mess up, repent, mess up repent.
Yes! You repent because you feel bad, you feel guilty, but God never leaves you. It may feel like the Holy Spirit has left you because you are inflamed by your own guilt but
“I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you.”
Does God lie?
No… God CANNOT LIE. Just as we CANNOT SIN !
So, we repent and come crawling back, ashamed, on bloody knees, because of how we feel – not because of how God feels…because God DOES NOT SEE our sin —
— all he sees when he looks at us is the righteousness of Christ!
No matter what we do, if we sin again and again and again – it doesn’t matter – because we have already been forgiven ONCE FOR ALL – on The Cross!
This is GRACE. We are walking in freedom. Completely FREE!
It’s not until we can grasp this that we can truly live in grace, in total freedom, knowing that whatever we do, we are forgiven. His GRACE is sufficient.
What?! I hear you protest. Sin doesn’t matter! Shall we go on sinning then, and it’s OK?!!!
You sound like St. Paul !
“What! So shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?! No way! Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him, through baptism, into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead we too might live a new life.”
We were buried with him! We died with Christ! This is why Paul also says “I no longer live but Christ lives in me.”
But to continue with Romans:
“Now, if we were united with him like this in his death, we’ll certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin, because every one who has died has been freed from sin.
Now, if we died with Christ we know that we will certainly also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, death no longer has power over him. The death he died he died to sin once for all – but the life he lives he lives to God.
In the same way count yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus!”
We know that our old self was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with.
Our old self. Crucified with him. Our sin done away with. Consumed. Devoured. Extinguished in his holy fire – in his burning rage – the wrath of God poured out on The Cross.
“From this cup, the goblet of my fury, you will never drink again.”
– Isaiah 51.22
Once for all!
All of the sin we will ever do during our life time, before, now or in the future, was consumed on The Cross in Christ. He BECAME sin. And sin DIED. Sin was CRUCIFIED on The Cross.
So, next time you feel you’ve sinned, remember:
“Your sins I will remember no more.”
– Isaiah 43:25
If we want to say sorry to God for hurting ourselves or others, or Him, of course, it’s a good thing, as it makes us feel better…
But it won’t save us.
If we’re in Christ, we’re already saved.
Saved, forgiven, and FREE!
It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us FREE!
“There is, therefore, NO CONDEMNATION for those who are IN Christ Jesus, for through Christ Jesus the law of The Spirit has SET US FREE from the law of sin and death.”
The Holy Spirit. Christ in us.
FREE AT LAST!!!!
How liberating is that !?!