"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 (KJV)
During the recent deplorable Paris attacks, certain terrorists held some people hostage in a building. A special intervention team moved in and shot all of the terrorists. Gladly, all of the hostages survived.
We could say that that intervention team cleansed the building, meaning that they left no possibility of a terrorist threat from within the building. Special forces often shout “clear!” to each other, to indicate that a certain room within the building does not have living terrorists in it who can form any possible harm to them.
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When we consider 1 John 1:9, many Christians seem to be very good Bible magicians. Somehow, they can keep the part “he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” while ignoring the rest of the line; “and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. They think they can be save, while there are still terrorists (sins) in some of the rooms of their lives. They think they can be saved from the lake of fire, while still being in their sins. Even church going “Christians” believe this. They do not understand that Christ came primarily to save us from our sins (NOT in their sins | Matthew 1:21) and secondarily from the lake of fire. I would say that they are deeply deceived! I encourage them to reconsider their ways (Ezekiel 18:26-28, 30b)!
"He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." - Revelation 21:7-8 (NKJV)
Christ came to be our heroic Soldier, who shouts ‘Clear! Your “room” has been cleared out! You have been cleansed from ALL your sins!’ through His Spirit (read Romans 8:12-17 | 1 Peter 3:21) and His word (1 John 1:9).
You can pray to Him:
"Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin." - Psalm 51:2
“Much of modern Protestant expression morphs salvation into a private affair that rescues us from an approaching hell, rather than rebirthing us into a new reality. Jesus saves us from hell, yes, but in reality, Jesus saves us from ourselves and we are reborn into an entirely different life than the one we left.”
– Ricky Allen, “Salvation as The Kingdom of God” (communal theology)
‘Salvation is not a ticket to heaven (or a better version of the “American Dream”) but a cleansed life that now sacrifices for the good of God’s creation.’
“Do not let sin defenders tell you that you have to be a slave to sin all your life, and that you can never be set free from sin! Being set free from sin was one of the main reasons Jesus came.”
– Jamie RA Gerrard, “Is Sanctification A Process?” (holyandpure)