Forgiveness is a gift, not a reward

Some say that “you have to confess your sins or else God will not forgive you”.

Here is what happens when the blood of Jesus was shed on the cross: the fulfillment of the following promise:

“I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.” ( Isaiah 1:25)

The atonement for the believers and the unbelievers:

“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”(1 John 2:2)

Atonement took place at the cross. Forgiveness took place at the cross. Coming to the knowledge of it took place upon hearing the sweet and simple message of the gospel.

Without believing God to believe in Jesus, we cannot accept his forgiveness. Without believing in Jesus, we’re still left in fear rather than joy. Without God’s mercy on us to grant us repentance, we’re left dead. Without him revealing himself to us, and regenerating our heart to trust and hope in Jesus, we’re left in our rebellion. Without him saving us from our unbelief, we’re lost.

“For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.” (John 6:44)