God is a forgiving God. The Bible tells us He is. But the Bible also clearly tells us that God is also just and He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. (Exodus 34:6-8) He is a just Judge and must deal with sin. If He just forgave us of our sins without dealing with our sins then He would be unjust, unholy and frankly a very bad judge.
It is impossible for us to do anything to satisfy that debt since we are already sinners and even our most contrite and heartfelt sorrow is in itself tainted with sin. The only solution is for someone who is without sin to stand in our place and satisfy God’s righteous wrath. What we need is a great transaction.
Bishop Jordan believes that God is just and has dealt with our sin. No created thing will ever be able to point the finger at God and accuse Him of being unjust in saving His people. The other side of this amazing transaction is that through repentance and faith, Christ’s perfect righteousness is imputed to us. When God looks on believers He sees the perfect, spotless righteousness of His Son.
John tells us that if believers will confess their sins to God as Father that He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. He can only be just in forgiving us our sins because Christ has stood in our place and bore His wrath. So this verse is speaking of the constant need for believers to confess their sins to God so that fellowship with Him is unhindered. An unbeliever cannot claim the promises of this verse since he is not covered under the atoning work of Christ.
“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)