So – if my sin doesn’t come between me and God any more – what about I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Doesn’t confession get the sins our from between us so we can be close again? This is what I believed for years. But once I began to grasp the truth of the previous blog, I found I had to rethink this verse.
What if when I sin, God doesn’t move away. And what if I can’t move away because he has me in His grasp? What if nothing in all of creation can separate me from the love of God…not even my sin? But what if in that grasp I feel uncomfortable and dirty and it makes me squirm in His grasp of me? That’s where I John 1:9 comes in – when I confess He is faithful to cleanse me and I can stop squirming and enjoy this beautiful relationship of grace that I have with Him.