“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:13-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: Faith in Christ is what forgives sins and not the confession of sins.
We’ve come to see from our studies that deliverance in Christ is forgiveness of sins. In other words, to say that “your sins are forgiven” is the same thing as saying “you are delivered”. The born again has received forgiveness of sins by faith in Christ, no wonder Paul said “that they may receive forgiveness of sins, which is an inheritance among the sanctified (believers) by faith that is in me in Christ” (Acts 26:18). So forgiveness of sins is received by faith in Christ, not by confession of sins (that is, individual sins or misdeeds). Faith in Christ is what forgives sins; it is not confession of sins that forgives sins. If it is faith in Christ that forgives sins, then it is the confession of Christ that forgives sins (in the proceeding studies, this will come to this light). In Luke 24:47, Jesus in like manner echoed “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”. So just like in Luke 4:18-19 where Jesus’ emphasis was on preaching, He also echoes same fact here that the remission/forgiveness of sins should be preached. So forgiveness is a preaching; it is a message. Forgiveness is the message of Christ. The believer is forgiven by faith in that message. So for there to be forgiveness of sins, then a message must be preached. That’s why in our key text (Romans 10:13-17), Paul talks about preaching; there must be a preacher and there must be a preaching, and thus, faith cometh by the hearing of that message preached. It is the message of Christ; that message is the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness of sins is what Christ has done. Your individual sins is not what Christ has done, it is what you have done individually. It is not what you have done (your individual sins) that you will confess to be saved or forgiven, it is what Christ has done (which is forgiveness of sins) that you will confess and be forgiven. So it is not the confession of sins that forgives sins but the confession of Christ. So, faith in Christ forgives sins. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: The scripture is the final authority, stay with it.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are flooded with light, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: Forgiveness of sins is by faith in Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3