Can prayers of repentance wash our sins away?
Prayers of repentance can never
wash our sins away because redemption can never come through
our own works. Rather, in order to be completely and permanently
washed of our sins, we have to believe in the baptism and
blood of Jesus, and that Jesus is God. True redemption is
given to those who believe Jesus washed away our sins by being
baptized and bleeding on the Cross to give us new lives.
Then can we wash away daily sins
by offering prayers of repentance? No. All the sins we commit
in our lives were already washed away almost 2000 years ago,
when Jesus took them away with His baptism. We were permanently
cleansed of all our sins with the baptism of Jesus and the
shedding of His blood on the Cross. He became the sacrificial
Lamb for us believers, washed away all our sins, and paid
for them all with His baptism and blood on the Cross.
Even the sins we commit after
believing in Jesus are washed away by faith in the spring
of salvation of baptism, the truth of redemption; Jesus has
already become our Savior and has taken away all the sins
we commit until the day of our deaths. Jesus came to this
world and was baptized "for thus" (Matthew 3:15),
fulfilling all righteousness by taking away all our sins.
The Son of God took charge of our sins by being baptized.
The baptism of Jesus has the
meaning of "to be washed." Because all our
sins were passed onto Jesus when He was baptized, we are completely
washed of our sins and it has set us free from all our sins.
Baptism also means 'to be
immersed, to be buried.' Since all our sins were passed
onto Jesus, He had to die for us sinners. Those who believe
that all sins were passed onto Jesus through His baptism become
True faith is to believe with
all our hearts that all our sins, even the sins we commit
now and in future, were passed onto Jesus about 2000 years
ago, when He received baptism from John, and 'for thus'
fulfilled all the righteousness of God.
If He had not already washed
away our sins a long time ago with His baptism, there would
now be no way for us to wash away our own sins. Remember that
Jesus washed all our sins away a long time ago.
True faith and spiritual salvation
today means bringing our sins before Jesus to make sure that
they have already been washed away, saying, 'You have washed
away these sins too, haven't You?' It also means to believe
in Him and thank Him. That is why He came to earth, was baptized,
died on the Cross and was then resurrected after 3 days; thus
becoming our Savior.
Blessed are those who have washed
away their sins by believing in the baptism of Jesus, which
washed away all our sins. This is the truth of being washed
of daily sins. True faith is to believe in Jesus, who took
away all the sins of the world through His baptism.