In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7.
Our redemption is not by sovereignty, but our redemption is by grace. “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7.” What God is sovereign over you do not need faith for it. Sovereignty requires no faith, no choice, no obedience, and no action on man’s part. What God offers in grace must be responded to with faith. Grace requires faith, a choice, obedience, an action, on man’s part. Forgiveness for sins in our walk with the Lord after our initial justification is also a grace that must be received by faith each time we sin.
There is a distorted and false teaching of grace that says from that the day you received Christ, you confessed all your sins once and for all and you no longer need to confess sin. It is true that when a person receives Christ all their sins are remitted (released/dismissed) and they do not have to continually confess old sins. It is also true that after a person receives Christ that once sin is acknowledged, confessed, and forgiveness is received the blood of Jesus cleanses him and one does not have to keep confessing the same sins over and over again. If he sins again then any new act of sin needs repented of, confessed, and receive forgiveness for it. A continual confession of sin is required to receive the grace of forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9 if one continues to sin. To say a believer’s one time confession of sin at the point of receiving Christ is all that is required for the rest of his walk with the Lord is just not the true teaching of grace.
We are exhorted to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need Hebrews 4:16. We need His mercy because we are guilty of something for only the guilty need mercy. We would not have to come boldly to obtain mercy if our sin was automatically forgiven. We receive forgiveness for all our past sins when we receive Jesus but we need to obtain the mercy of forgiveness each time we sin after we are saved. That is not doing a work to earn forgiveness it is faith in His finished work that provided it for us. Thank God there is forgiveness with God. The Psalmist said it this way in Psalm 130:3-4, “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.”