How God Is Seeing Our Sin

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Does sin affect our salvation?

If we should confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous in order that He should send away [to send away as an issue with the Father and the Son] our sins and to cleanse us from every aspect of unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

In 1 John 1:1-10, John has given a clear view of sin. He has told us this: Sin is a principle within us that produces acts without. Coming with every variety of unrighteousness, an act of sin, if it’s unconfessed, will always leave a present effect upon us, upon others, and about God.

When we look at 1 John 1:5-10, the question in our minds may be, “Well if sin is such an issue, will it affect my salvation?” This is where 1 John 2:1-2 is extremely helpful.

My children, these things I am writing to you in order that you should not sin, and if anyone might sin, we have a helper personally facing the Father. And He Himself is a satisfaction for our sins, and not concerning ours only, but also for all the world. 1 John 2:1-2

God looks at sin in a profoundly different way than we look at it. We can all do ourselves a great favor to view every sin as being joined to the blood of Jesus Christ because of who we are in Christ. Because our identity is found in Christ, God does not view any sin as naked, bare, and separate from the blood of Jesus Christ. Any sin that He deals with, any sin that is an issue, has already been joined to the blood of Christ, and God is already satisfied concerning that sin. 1 John 2:1-2 makes that truth clear.

God is faithful and righteous because (due to who we are in Christ) Christ has already died for those sins. God is absolutely right in forgiving sin because Christ’s life was spilled out for them when he saved us and told us our identity is found in Christ. What makes Christianity unique is that God is consistent and faithful because He will always take very seriously what Christ has already done. He’s righteous because if He did not accept the fact that Christ already died for that sin, He would cheat His Son.

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