8. What Happens If I Die Before I Confess A Sin?
Let’s first keep in mind what the penalty for sin is, because that penalty has NEVER CHANGED!!
The Bible says when (not if) you sin, you automatically earn the penalty of death.
Romans 6:23 says,
“For the wages (penalty) of sin is death…….”
This was the same penalty Adam received (Rom 5:12-14), albeit under a different set of circumstances. It has been argued that Adam’s acknowledgement of his disobedience (Gen 3:11-12) was a “confession.” It was more likely considered an acknowledgement because he was “caught” and not something He intended to do. Let’s be clear, there is no record of Adam ever asking for forgiveness.
Eph 4:26 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” (Lk 21:34-36, 2Peter 3:12-14)
John 3:15 promises,
“That whosoever believeth (belief is more than thought, it requires action) in him (Jesus Christ) should not perish, but have eternal life.”
1 John 1:5-7 clarifies this statement,
“But if we walk in the light (the action – if we live Holy), as he (God) is in the light (is Holy), we have fellowship one with another, and (then) the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. ”
Note: The word “if” (the stipulation) means as long as we are walking in the light (living Holy). Of course we are not in the light if we have un-repented or un-confessed “sin” which yet remains a part of our life.
The Timing of Confession
Here is what the Bible says about timing:
In 1 John 1:9 we are told, “If (the stipulation) we confess our sins, (then) he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
So what happens if you do not confess your sin before death? The result is the same as it would be for suicide.
(See: What Happens To Your Soul If You Commit Suicide)
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