Fifth in a series of studies of 1 John 1:5-10
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
John gives a contrast in the above verses where he teaches against those who deny the existence of sin: here, he provides assurance and hope for Christians who are willing to open up to God and confess their sins.
The original word for “confess” carries with it the idea of “continuing to confess.” So, it is not a one-time action, but it is an activity that is ongoing in our communication with God. Since we will stumble along the way, we keep this open dialogue with God through prayer in which we humbly and sincerely ask for forgiveness.
Since God never breaks His word, He will forgive us as well as cleanse us: “to cleanse” means not just a temporary forgiveness, but it is a complete removal of sin as if it never happened. What a wonderful blessing God has extended because of His deep love for us as His children.