I have been comparing the idea of Jesus’ forgiveness of sins being sufficient for all time (a la Hebrews 10) and the insistence by many of continually confessing sin (a la 1 John 1:9). In my cursory reading of 1 John it appears that such a confession is a mere agreement that one is guilty before rather than a continual appropriation of forgiveness. Forgiveness is a one time act accomplished solely by God (1 John 2:12).
My initial conclusion: confession of sin is a realization of one’s condition and God’s salvation. God does the saving, confession is a natural result (not a prerequisite or ongoing requirement). I am not sure if this is all a part of evangelicalism’s “Catholic hangover” or just a failure to fully trust in the grace alone, faith alone message of the gospel.
I wonder how my actions would change if I really lived in the guilt free, once-for-all forgiveness of Jesus?