Once Saved, Always Saved?

I have heard that God forgives our sins past, present, and future. Then why are we told to ask God daily to forgive us our sins? I have been asking God’s forgiveness for my sins every day.

~~Terry B.

I am not sure we can say, Biblically, that “God forgives us of all our sins past, present, and future,” though it is true that one who is saved is saved once and for all, if he perseveres (John 8:31, 1 Corinthians 15:2, Colossians 1:23, 1 Thessalonians 3:8, 1 John 2:24, etc.).

At salvation, God forgives us of past sin and adopts us into his family.  If we sin again, we do not automatically get disowned, but we do need to ask forgiveness again in order to retain a right relationship with God.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

“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).

These verses depict a believer who sins.  A sinning Christian does not lose his salvation immediately, but may be punished for his own benefit:

“My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” (Hebrews 12:5-7).

The Christian who is not faithful in his daily living may also “suffer loss” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

When others sin against us and then repent, we should also forgive them each time:

“Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4).

Still, the time allowed for repentance might be limited (see Revelation, chapters 2-3). We are not promised a tomorrow; we could die, become mentally incapacitated, or the Rapture could come.

So I would say that your policy of confessing sin daily is a good one. We need to continually “get good with God” so that we are “good to go” at all times.

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