Malankara World

What Shall I Do To Be Saved?

By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil

Question 79. The moment one believes in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice his sins will be absolved, and after that there would be no more sins.? Is this true?

This is a wrong notion that needs to be corrected. The only one without sins is Jesus Christ Himself (2 Cori. 5:21). No one can cleanse his own sins, as the very purpose of our Lord 's incarnation was to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29; 1 John 3:5). And "In Him we have redemption through his blood the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of the grace" (Eph 1:7; 1 John 1:7). If a person can take away his own sins, why did our Lord come down to earth and suffer?

We thus understand that the redemption and cleansing is through our Lord's blood alone. Just by understanding this truth will not result in the cleansing of sins. Why? Because St. Paul (Eph 1:7) and St. John says so. "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). So even St. John has to confess! "If we say that we have not sinned we make him a liar and his word is not in us" (1 John 1:10)

St. Paul and St. John were holy men to whom the truths were revealed. We are certain about this. They say that they could commit sins. They declare that the only way to cleanse you from your sins is by confession, i.e. even if one knew the truth, if he commits sins, the only way to cleanse him from his sins is by confessing.

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