What does God do about our unconfessed sins?

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Question: What does God do with the sins that you have not confessed and repented of in the event of your untimely death? I know 1John 1:9 says that if we confess, but what if you don’t, or have committed sins out of ignorance or unintentional?

Answer: All our sins have been paid for and are forgiven (even the ones we haven’t committed yet). If even one sin were not atoned for by Christ’s death we would still have to pay for it ourselves in an eternity of separation from God. But praise His name they are all covered. The confession and forgiveness that John is talking about is the restoration of relationship in a family way. When I sin I don’t get thrown out of God’s family. God remains my loving Father and my place in His heart is secure. But just as in a human family when we hurt each other, there needs to be reconciliation through acknowledging our transgression against the other and getting forgiveness expressed. In the same way we need to acknowledge what we have done to hurt our relationship with the Father and hear His forgiveness, but our eternal relationship is never in danger. Unconfessed sins will continue to prevent more intimacy with God. Sins done in ignorance or unintentionally will be brought to our attention if God feels we need to deal with them.

Randall Johnson


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