Part 6 of 16 -
Is Confession of Sin Required for the Christian to Gain Forgiveness of Sins?
John writes to the Diaspora, the scattered of
, saying “confession” is the conditional requirement for forgiveness of sins. Note the word “if.” 1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Israel
The Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul, never suggests to “the body of Christ” what John writes of when John addresses the Jews. Paul received a deeper truth from the ascended Christ for “the body of Christ.” Paul never once writes of confessing our sins. Paul only mentions the word “confessing” (Greek, homologeo, acknowledge) in the context of “acknowledging Jesus Christ is Lord.”
Paul says the one requirement for “remission of sins” is “through faith in his blood.”
Romans 3:25 (KJV) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins …
The one requirement for receiving anything of the Lord is “faith” in God’s word and faith in His work on our behalf through the cross of Christ. Paul says simply – “believe on (pisteuo, trust in, cling to and rely upon) the Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…
Paul writes to “the body of Christ,” concerning “faith” as the only means of gaining what may be gained from God, in Christ, under "the dispensation of the grace of God." Note the words "by faith" as you enjoy reading these Pauline verses.
Romans 1:17 (KJV) For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live (zao, have spirit life to enjoy) by faith.
Romans 3:22 (KJV) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Romans 3:28 (KJV) Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Romans 3:30 (KJV) Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
Romans 5:1 (KJV)
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Romans 5:2 (KJV) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 9:32 (KJV) Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
Romans 11:20 (KJV) Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
2 Corinthians 1:24 (KJV) Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Galatians 3:11 (KJV) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Galatians 3:22 (KJV) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Galatians 3:24 (KJV) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Galatians 3:26 (KJV) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 5:5 (KJV) For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
Ephesians 3:17 (KJV) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Philippians 3:9 (KJV) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Paul also writes to the Hebrews, concerning “by faith” as the only means of gaining what may be gained from God.
Hebrews 10:38 (KJV) Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Hebrews 11:4 (KJV) By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Hebrews 11:5 (KJV) By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:7 (KJV) By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Hebrews 11:8 (KJV) By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Hebrews 11:9 (KJV) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
Hebrews 11:17 (KJV) By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
Hebrews 11:20 (KJV) By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
Hebrews 11:21 (KJV) By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
Hebrews 11:22 (KJV) By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of
; and gave commandment concerning his bones. Israel
Hebrews 11:23 (KJV) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
Hebrews 11:24 (KJV) By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
Hebrews 11:27 (KJV) By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Hebrews 11:29 (KJV) By faith they passed through the
Red seaas by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
Hebrews 11:30 (KJV) By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
Hebrews 11:31 (KJV) By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
Thus, with such a heavy weight of Scriptural evidence concerning the supremacy of faith, is it any wonder that Paul saw also that forgiveness of sins was by faith in Christ’s shed blood, plus nothing - that’s the pure grace of “the dispensation of the grace of God.”
And we should ask, “Where did this message of pure grace of God, received by faith, come from?”
It came, via the Ascended Jesus Christ, to Paul, for us.
Ephesians 3:1-2 (KJV) For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: