As Isaiah encountered the glory, majesty and holiness of the Almighty God, he immediately became aware of his own unworthiness, his own sinfulness. But, God offered atonement for Isaiah’s sins. “Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.'” (Isaiah 6:6-7)
Just as He offered forgiveness for Isaiah, God offers forgiveness to us through faith in Jesus Christ. But, we still need to confess our sins to Him. 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” The result of confessing our sins to God is that God is faithful. He is true to His word and forgives us. He cleanses us of our own unrighteousness. Satan no longer has grounds to accuse us.
There’s another picture of God’s forgiveness found in Zechariah 3:1-7. Here’s my paraphrase of the passage: Joshua the high priest, has returned from captivity in Babylon. He stands before God and Satan in filthy garments. Joshua was there representing the sinful people. Satan was there to accuse him. God was there to judge him. Satan is the prosecuting attorney with a seemingly open and shut case, but Joshua had an advocate. The Advocate, Christ, stood at God’s right hand and silenced all the accusations of Satan. Instead of condemnation, God removed the filthy clothes, representing his sinful nature, and replaced them with clean rich garments. (7 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements) This is what Jesus Christ does for us when we confess our sins.
Have you experienced Christ’s forgiveness? If not, why not today?