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2. This Is the Gospel Message (1 John 1:5–2:2)

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Letters from John (part two)

Sin, confession, atonement, forgiveness. How do these ingredients work together in the salvation of a Christian? Is complete forgiveness for all sins offered when a person first trusts Christ as Savior? If so, why is it necessary for Christians to continue to confess their sins? If the blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient to forgive all of our sins—including future ones—then what restrains us from living as we please? Are forgiven Christians rendered “sin-free”? John responds to confusion over these matters among the Christians he writes to, offering them theological insights and practical instructions that still apply today.

Related Topics: Christian Life, Forgiveness, Hamartiology (Sin), Soteriology (Salvation)