All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” – Acts 10:43
According to this verse, as soon as a person “believes in Him” he automatically, “receives forgiveness of sins.” They don’t have to confess all their sins; all they have to do is believe. Remember we cannot add anything to what the scripture says, so if it says everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sin, period, no strings attached and no works needed.
So we can agree that as soon as someone believes in Christ, they are automatically forgiven. This destroys the theory of universalism which says all will be saved or all are saved. No, you still must believe in order to receive. Let’s also notice the tense of the word believes. Now if I were a junior high teacher and I ask my students what the word, “believes” is in?
1) Past Tense
2) Present Tense
3) Future Tense
I guarantee that they will circle number two, present tense. So what am I getting at? For one, I want to declare to you that Isaiah, Daniel, Jeremiah, and all the rest of the prophets will confirm and testify that everyone who believes in the cross receives forgiveness of their sins! Quite obviously, this person that continues to believe, still sins. Otherwise he would have stopped receiving forgiveness automatically because only those who sin need forgiveness. In other words, this verse contradicts this idea that I need to do A, B, and C in order to get forgiveness; this verse declares that a believer continues to receive forgiveness whether the person knows or not.
Do we need to confess our sins to be forgiven? No, we do not need to. Should we still confess our sins? Absolutely, I confess my sins because God is my father and we have a close relationship. Do I feel guilty if I do not, nope. I live my life knowing I am completely forgiven! It is time we threw off condemnation and our failures. Let’s move on to the future.
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