Jesus was the bread of life, so when we partook of the bread, we should be thankful for all that we had been given. So I spent that minute of silence thanking our Father for all that He has given. When it came to the cup, I figured that since His blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins, I should spend that minute of silence confessing every sin that I had committed that week and ask Him for forgiveness.
And I was rather happy with the system that I had established; till I realized much later on, that the elements had to be served separately because the elders could not manage two trays each; and the minute of silence, was to give them time to walk around the sanctuary to serve the parishioners. Imagine how silly I felt.
Now, in this message, I don’t mean to talk about the importance of understanding the meaning behind rituals. For that, I’ve got a separate message called, Power Comes From Our Father, Not The Ritual.
Neither is this message meant to discuss how many times we should confess our sins. We’ve already looked that that in that earlier message. Instead, what I want to talk about today comes as the fallout of my erroneous thinking.
You see, when I was young, I was told to confess my sins before communion, so I got it in my head that I was only going to be forgiven of the sins that I confessed. Then when I walked out of church, I will always be inadvertently reminded of those other sins that I forgot to mention.
You know, I’ll wager that I’m not the only one who has ever had that thought cross my mind. So let’s see what Jesus has to say about the sins that we neglected to mention. Are we still forgiven? What happens when we realize that, oops, I forgot to confess that sin.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,…” Romans 8:1
I’m giving the game away even before I begin, because if there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ, that means that no matter what our sin may be, no matter if or not it has been confessed, there is no condemnation for us. So by implication, that sin that we forgot has already been forgiven, isn’t that true?
Furthermore, we remember that during the last supper Jesus said,
“…this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28
His blood was shed for the remission of sins. Not sin, but sins, in the plural. So just how many sins are we forgiven of?
“For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all,…” 1 Peter 3:18
Caught that? No? Here is it again.
“For the death that He died, He died to sin [ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt] once and for all;…” Romans 6:10
Yes beloved. Christ died once, for all. All. Not just the sins you committed yesterday, not just the sins you committed this year; not even just the sins you committed before you accepted Christ nor merely the sins you remembered to confess, but ALL.
And that is why the Bible says,
“so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many….” Hebrews 9:28
His sacrifice was so comprehensive and so complete that it left no stone unturned, no sin unpunished and therefore no sin still remains unforgiven; as it is written,
“Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5
If your sin should have aggrieved you, Jesus bore it on the cross. If your sin should have brought you sorrow, Jesus bore it on the cross. If your sin should have brought you physical affliction, Jesus bore it on the cross. If your sin should have given you sleepless nights, Jesus bore it on the cross. If your sin should have brought you chastisement and shame, Jesus bore it on the cross. And that is why we can claim healing from all the ill effects of our actions; for
“For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Christ exchanged places with us when He hung on that cross. All the punishment that we were supposed to receive because of our sins fell on Him, so that we can now take on the righteousness of God.
And notice how there are no conditions to that exchange? It doesn’t say ‘For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, right up till the time we forget to confess our sins’, does it?
And that’s the point. Our Father doesn’t require you to confess your sins comprehensively. In fact, and I’ll be even more controversial and say that our Father never even needed you to confess your sins to forgive you; and this is why. Notice for whom does this divine exchange apply.
“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe….” Romans 3:21-22
Caught that last bit? Yes, ‘to all and on who would believe’. And why?
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:23-24
We are forgiven not because we confess. We are forgiven not because we have made it up to God. We are forgiven because God loves us too much to let us suffer the fate of our sins, and so He sent Jesus to be our substitute, and that is why Jesus says,
“…this is My blood of the [new and better] covenant, which [ratifies the agreement and] is being poured out for many [as a substitutionary atonement] for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28 [AMP]
And all we need to do is believe, because Christ is “the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:26
But what does it mean to have faith in Jesus? Well, it means this.
“It was to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the One who justifies those who have faith in Jesus [and rely confidently on Him as Savior].” Romans 3:26 [AMP]
Do you confidently rely on Jesus as your savior? Do you believe that He has taken away all your sins? Do you believe that because of what He has done, you are now sinless and in perfectly right standing with God our Father? If you do then you never need to worry about those sins you forgot to confess. In fact, you don’t need to worry about sin anymore, for
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
But there is one caveat that I must place on redemption, and it is this. Notice for whom the remission of sins is for?
“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28
Yes, it is shed for many, not ALL.
My friend, the redemption that Jesus came to bring is available to all who would listen. But it doesn’t apply universally to all who walk the earth. You see, there is a condition to enjoying His redemption, and it is this.
Christ is “the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:26
It’s a little like this. Say a rich billionaire has just taken over the reins of a country and out of his love for his people, he decides to give everyone a cash gift. Now let’s say that this cash gift is going to be delivered straight to every door. Is everyone entitled to receive the gift? Yes. But will everyone receive the gift? Is there a condition under which this gift will not be received? There is, isn’t there? This gift won’t be received by the one who will not open the door.
And that is exactly how it is with Christ’s salvation and the blessings that come with it. Is everyone entitled to it? Did Christ die for all mankind? Yes. But will everyone therefore receive His give of redemption? Who will be left out? Yes, those who reject His gift, isn’t it?
And that is why Jesus says,
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelations 3:20
And my friend, if you have not received Christ, if you have not been able to confidently rely on Him to be your Savior, then I am sure that He is knocking on your door right now. He died for your sins, of that I am sure. But in order for you to receive that gift, you must open the door of your heart to Him. Are you willing to do that and let Him come in and dine with you? If you are then repeat this after me.
“Jesus, thank You for dying for me. Thank You that by Your death, I am now free of the consequences of all my sins; not just the sins in my past, but even the sins that are to come. Jesus, I know that because of that, I am now a child of God, Your Father is now My Father, Your God, my God. From now on, I know that even though my walk may not be perfect, I will have the Holy Spirit there with me, instructing me and guiding me so that my life will be a gleaming example of Your love for me. Amen.”
Beloved child of God, set your mind at ease and set your heart free of the burden of unconfessed sins. They do not matter anymore because you have been forgiven, completely forgiven and comprehensively forgiven. Start living the life of rest that our Father has purposed for you.