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Question and Answer

If when I came to know Christ as personal Savior, I was forgiven of all my sins (past, present, and future), why is it necessary for me to constantly confess my sin before God?

Frankly, I don’t know many people who are “constantly confessing their sins,” but I know what you mean. The truth is we still fall short of the glory of God in our practical walk before Him.

I believe that when a person comes to Christ, he confesses his sin and is forgiven. We are made alive in Christ where before we were dead in trespasses and sin. We have a new relationship. We have been reconciled to God through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we sin, we break fellowship with God. We still have a relationship with Him, but sinful actions result from a heart that chooses to go against what we know is right before God. The confession that John speaks of is the confession of these sins (see 1 John 1:9). When Adam sinned in the Garden, he recognized that something had happened, and he ran away from God. We do that, too. We are like sinful children who need forgiveness for anything that comes between ourselves and God. Daily, (sometimes many times daily) we need to confess our sin and get back to walking a right path with God. Grace has forgiven us, and provided for us a Savior who makes that possible. Confession enables us to continue to move forward in our continued fellowship with Him.

BY Mike Kellogg

Mike Kellogg worked with Moody Radio for more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. For many years he was the reader on Continued Story and began hosting Music Thru the Night in 1982. He also read the Today in the Word devotional for Moody Radio for many years. In July 2014, Mike retired from full-time radio. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, and has served as adjunct faculty in English and Speech Communications at Moody Bible Institute. He is married to Nancy, and they have 6 children and 16 grandchildren.

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