Those who reject I John 1:9 do so from a false premise. They think since Jesus has already died for our sin there is no need for us to confess or repent of sin. While it’s true that Jesus has already died and paid for our sins that, in no way, means we don’t have to deal with sin.
Even though we have been forgiven the New Testament is full of warning about the negative effects of sin in the life of the believer. It hardens the heart, takes us into darkness and, as Paul said, the wages of sin is death. This wasn’t spoken to the lost; it was spoken to believers!
Sin is when we fall short of the glory of God. In the Greek the word “fall” means “to have lesser worth.” “Glory” means many things, among which is “the view, opinion and reality of God!” For the believer all sin starts from an un-renewed mind and unscriptural beliefs about who we are in Christ. God has forgiven our sin, i.e. sent them away; but until we renew our mind and begin to walk in the light we have not sent them away from how we think and see ourselves.
Failure to see ourselves as God sees us in Christ reflects a disbelief or ignorance of how Jesus interpreted God’s Word and a lack of intimate involvement with Jesus. The whole goal of I John was to get us back into fellowship with Jesus, our Source of light and life. Until we return to the light (His interpretation) we can’t enter into fellowship with Him.
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