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Why Seek Forgiveness?


Christians sometimes ask, “If God has already forgiven us, why should we ask for forgiveness? Isn’t it wrong to ask for something he has already given us?” R. C. Sproul replies,

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The ultimate answer to questions like this is always the same. We do it because God commands it. First John 1:9 points out that one mark of a Christian is his continual asking for forgiveness. The verb tense in the Greek indicates an ongoing process. The desire for forgiveness sets the Christian apart. The unbeliever rationalizes his sinfulness, but the Christian is sensitive to his unworthiness. Confession takes up a significant portion of his prayer time.

—R. C. Sproul, Does Prayer Change Things? (Tyndale, 2009), 38–39.



Posted 2018·03·26 by David Kjos
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