This question might seem odd for some people. “Of course we should ask God for forgiveness when we sin!” they respond.
But others think that asking for forgiveness is only something we should do at the time of our salvation.
What do you think about this?
Some reason that if, at the moment we receive God’s gift of salvation, Christ’s sacrifice removes the guilt of all our sins past, present, and future. Why then, it is asked, should we continue to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness?
Certain Scriptures immediately come to mind.
In Matthew 6:12, we learn that Jesus taught his followers to pray, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Then Jesus said, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15).
We also might think of the well-known promise in I John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
How do we reconcile these statements with the clear truth that, at the moment we receive God’s gift of salvation, Christ’s sacrifice removes the guilt of all our sins past, present, and future?
My answer to this question will be offered in the next post. I’d like to hear from you first. How would you answer this question?