Are We Already Cleansed of Future Sins?

The idea is becoming popular once again that because of the fact that when Jesus died all our sins were still future, this means that all our future sins are already forgiven.

This can make people become totally unconcerned about whether they fall into sin or not. The reasoning is simple: "If my future sins are already forgiven, I am free to commit these sins, knowing that I will not be condemned because of them".

Some people go even further and say that because they are in Christ, God already considers them perfected regardless of their behavior, and that nothing they do could in fact possibly even COUNT as sin. This idea contradicts the New Testament Scriptures in plenty of places, but it is possible to twist certain Scriptures in order to come up with this doctrine – and people do.

Its not that everyone WOULD commit all the sins they could, or that they may be tempted to commit, when believing these thoughts. Some have a genuine love for Jesus even though they have certain false doctrines. Human beings are very complex and there is a whole array of factors that go into our core decision making process. However, because we still have internal programming  that is contrary to God's will, and since there is a devil out there ready to present enticing and deceptive seductions to us, the thought that our future sins are already forgiven could encourage us to yield more easily to sin at certain times.

The Bible says: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9). But if we believe that future sins are already forgiven, we'll also believe that there is no need to confess our sins in order to receive the cleansing and forgiveness this verse promises. That might be very dangerous. Its a case of allowing our human reasonings to overrider the clear teaching of Scripture. Since this is potentially a life or death issue, it is not something to casually play with.

The Bible says in 2 Peter chapter 1:

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

Why would Peter talk about "past sins" or "old sins" having been forgiven IF the REAL message of "unadulterated good news of God's grace" REALLY implies that such a person has also been cleansed of their FUTURE sins, including the sin of not being self-controlled, neglecting virtue, brotherly kindness, love and so on! It just doesn't make sense. Peter was communicating a different reality, a different message. That is why.


What do YOU think?


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  1. Would you agree with me that Jesus blood cleanses us from all sin?

    • Timothy Luke says:

      IF we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness…. Let’s not forget the premises of the promises…. Its like saying, ‘you can have dessert if you eat your peas first, and then have our kids telling us we owe them dessert because we told them they could have dessert….

      • All of the verses used below are from the New Testament, since we, as Christians are under the New Covenant. All the verses are from the King James Version of the Bible.

        I investigated the following words: CONFESSES, CONFESSED, CONFESSING, CONFESSION, and CONFESS

        1) There are no verses using the word CONFESSES.

        2) There are three verses that used the word CONFESSED. One of the verses (Acts 19:18) had to do with people becoming believers. The other two had nothing to do with confessing any sin.

        3) There are three verses using the word CONFESSING. These verses were in connection with John baptizing people. This was prior to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

        4) There are two verses using the word CONFESSION. The following deals with salvation. The other did not.

        a) Romans 10:10
        10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto salvation.

        5) There are 15 verses that have to do with the word CONFESS. I have selected three of those verses.

        a) Romans 10:9
        9) That if thou shalt CONFESS with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

        b) 1 John 1:9
        9) If we CONFESS our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I believe this verse is for the unsaved person. I base my belief on verses 6, 8 and 10.)

        c) 1 John 4:15
        15) Whosoever shall CONFESS that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

        All of the above verses have to do with obtaining salvation. Two other verses that might pertain to this had to do with confessing Jesus before men (Matthew 10:32 and Luke 12:8).

        The only verse I found that came right out and told the saved person to confess something is this one:

        Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

        This is my conclusion concerning confessing. If I were a sinner, I would confess my sins to God in order to be saved. Any confessing that I would do after I am saved would not be to keep my salvation, because that has already been taken care of. If I confessed, it would be because it is the right thing to do. I don’t want anything coming between the Lord and myself. I confess out of respect for Him and what He has done for me. I want to keep the joy and fellowship I have with Him. I want to set things right with Him.

  2. First of all, I’m not trying to “start a war”, but I would like to ask you a couple of questions. The believers in the Old Testament who were credited with righteousness for believing God, were all their sins forgiven? And, do you think it would be fair for God to forgive all their sins and not forgive all of ours? (Check out Romans 4:18-25.)

    I will agree with you on this issue: There probably are Christians out there who abuse the grace God has given them, because they misunderstand the purpose of grace. Christians who think they are free to sin are immature in their faith. Excuse the expression, but someone needs to “knock a knot on their head”. Grace was not given to us to allow us to freely sin. It was given to us so that we could be saved from sin and put in right standing with God. The fact is that misunderstanding grace existed back in Paul’s day. Paul addressed this in Romans chapter 6. So, this is nothing new.

    • Michael Fackerell says:


      Its pretty plain that "future sins" were not covered for Old Testament believers. This is why they had to bring animal sacrifices YEAR after YEAR.
      When people are made righteous by faith it was never a guarantee that all future sins were forgiven, Those who forsook the Lord back then could lose their relationship with God if they did not return to the Lord.
      Ezekiel 18:21-24 is very explicit on this issue as far as how God dealt with people in the Old Testament, and how robust their "righteousness by faith" would be if they went after wickedness:
      First the good news:
      21 “But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live. 23 Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?
      Now the warning:
      24 “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.
      People are justified by faith in both Old and New Covenants. But salvation can be lost when a person is led into sin by a wicked heart of unbelief in departing from the Living God. Those who assure us that this is not possible are not doing us any favours. Unlike man, God does not waste His words or speak misleading things.
      I suggest dealing with the arguments in my article if you disagree. 
      As for Romans 6, this passages teaches us how to overcome sin. It doesn't teach us how to feel secure in sin – quite the contrary.
      • I would like to comment on this paragraph. “Its pretty plain that “future sins” were not covered for Old Testament believers. This is why they had to bring animal sacrifices YEAR after YEAR.”

        What about the people from the time of Adam up to the time of Moses BEFORE the Law was given?—People such as Adam, Eve, Abel, Seth, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, Rachel and Leah, and the twelve sons of Jacob. Were all their sins forgiven?

        Adam brought sin and death into the world, but this is what the Bible says about this in Romans 5:12 and 13:

        12) Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

        13) For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is NOT imputed when there is no law.

        Comment: Think about that first phrase in verse 13. It says, “for until the law”. This means the law was not in existence at that time. Even though it was not in existence, there was still sin in the world. So, how did God handle that? The sentence after the colon tells us: “But sin is not imputed when there is no law”. So, if they are in heaven today, what qualified them to be there?—their faith and belief in God alone, not by observing the law and bringing animal sacrifices for their sins (Hebrews chapter 11).

        I want to talk about the word IMPUTE

        Impute: 1a: to lay the responsibility or blame for: CHARGE; b: to credit to a person or a cause: ATTRIBUTE; 2: to credit by transferal; synonym see ASCRIBE

        (Referenced from Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1963, page 421)

        Therefore, “not imputed” means not charged, not attributed and not ascribed.

        The Microsoft Thesaurus gives these synonyms for “imputed”: credited, attributed, ascribed, assigned, accredited, and chalk up. All one has to do is put the word NOT in front of all these words. It would go like this: not credited, not attributed, not ascribed, not assigned, not accredited, and not [chalked] up [to].

        Now I’ll skip to our generation. This pertains to the believer:

        For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)

        COMMENT: The law is not forgiving, but grace is. As far as sacrifices go, we only needed one—Jesus Christ, the living, on-going, and eternal sacrifice. He doesn’t have to die again and again for each of our sins. He took care of that by being resurrected and coming back to life. That’s how He is able to continually forgive us of our sins. No animal sacrifice can compete with Him.

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