How do we become cleansed from the corruption of daily life? Answer? “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, ESV). That verb “confess” is in the present, active tense. We could translate it, “If we continue to keep on confessing our sin . . ..” Dr. John MacArthur writes, “Continual confession of sin is an indication of genuine salvation."
How does Christ cleanse His Bride the Church? Answer? “by the washing of water with the word.”7 Just as clear, fresh water cleanses our feet from daily travels, so God's written Word washes us clean as we repent and confess our sins. It purifies our thoughts, scrubs our motives, and cleans our conscience as we absorb it and obey its truths.