1 John 1:9

JO 1:9It has been a question whether the apostle speaks of first coming to the Lord, or subsequent failures. I answer, he speaks in an abstract and absolute way. Confession brings through grace forgiveness. If it is our first coming to God, it is forgiveness; it is the full and absolute sense. I am forgiven with God; He remembers my sin no more. If it is subsequent failure, honesty of heart always confesses. Then it is forgiveness as regards the government of God, and the present condition and relationship of my soul with Him. But the apostle, as everywhere, speaks absolutely and of the principle.
J. N. D.