Are all sins forgiven at the moment we Confess Christ-Past Present and future?
The idea that all sins past and future are forgiven is common within many Christian circles, but this doctrine is simply not found in Scripture.
Paul says in Romans 3 that the justification which we receive through faith in Christ, without works, is “for the remission of sins that are past.”
Those sins are placed upon the altar of sacrifice in the Heavenly Sanctuary and are covered by the blood of the lamb.
From that day forward, we find peace with God through the blood of the Atonement, but the Christian life has just begun, and we are now to “go on unto perfection;” [Heb 6:1] to grow up “unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” [Eph 4:13]
Sins committed while in conversion.
Sins committed during conversion which are confessed and repented of, are likewise covered by the sprinkling of blood upon the altar.
Sanctification is the work, not of a day or of a year, but of a lifetime.
The struggle for conquest over self, for holiness and heaven, is a lifelong struggle. Paul’s sanctification was the result of a constant conflict with self. He said, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). It is by unceasing endeavor that we maintain the victory over the temptations of Satan.
Our minds must be disciplined, educated and trained; for we are to serve God in ways that are not in harmony with the unconverted heart. We have inherited and cultivated tendencies to evil that must be overcome, therefore our hearts must be trained to become steadfast in God.
We are to establish habits of thought that will enable us to resist temptation, and with a life of holy endeavor, and firm adherence to the right, the children of God are to seal their destiny.
Paul say’s: “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13, 14.
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” II Peter 1:5-10
The Christian will feel the promptings of sin, but he will maintain a constant warfare against it. Here is where Christ’s help is needed. Human weakness becomes united to divine strength, and faith exclaims: “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57.
The change of heart represented by the new birth can be brought about only by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. In humility and contrition we must beseech our heavenly Father, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10.
And as we receive divine light, and cooperate with the heavenly intelligences, we are “born again,” freed from the defilement of sin by the power of Christ.
It is He that does the work, not us, He writes His Law into our hearts, and when that transformation takes place, we are made in His likeness, for “as he is, so are we in this world.”
It is our work to accept Him in faith and obedience, but His grace is sufficient, and while His Spirit remains within us we are saved.
Only those who are worthy
It is only those who in the judgement that are “accounted worthy” that will have a part in the resurrection of the just.
Jesus said: “They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, … are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” Luke 20:35, 36.
And again He declares that “they that have done good” shall come forth “unto the resurrection of life.” John 5:29.
It is only the righteous dead who will be raised to everlasting life, and this, only after the judgement once they have been found worthy for “the resurrection of life.”
And since we know that “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
We can know for sure that only a few will find it. And why is that?
Because a profession of Christ does not make one a Christian, and those who do not have Christ have no remedy for sin.