1 John 1:9
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
God doesn’t even ask for an explanation or have us sign some kind of contract. He simply forgives us when we ask him to forgive us and that’s it.
Hebrews 10:26 reminds us why continued obedience to God after he forgives us is the best thing. It’s because Jesus is the best thing! God has no plan b or c. It’s not like going to the doctor to get medicine and the doctor tells you to come back if the one prescription doesn’t work he’ll write another one for a different medication. No. Jesus is it. He is the only means by which we receive God’s forgiveness. And if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins because there isn’t another Savior with another sacrifice for our sins. Jesus is it.
He is faithful and just to forgive us... I get why God is faithful to forgive us; he said he would and so he does. But why is it just for him to forgive me since forgiveness is something I neither deserve or earn?
He knows forgiveness is what I need. It’s the right thing for him to offer it to me because there is no other way I can get it! It’d be cruel for him to tell us we need forgiveness and then offer no possible way. But he isn’t cruel, and he does offer a way...
God loves us so much that he sent his only Son (no plan b) so that whoever believes in him will have everlasting life and be totally forgiven. (John 3:16)
This is true for everyone. This works for everyone. We don’t need a plan b either.
Thank you so much for forgiving me. Thank you for your Son, who not only made forgiveness possible, but showed us how to live. And thank you for your Holy Spirit who teaches and reminds me (John 14:12) and gives me the desire and the ability (Philippians 2:13) to be obedient to your Word. I love you and thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen.