Reformed Theology James Fisher on why we need to continue to ask for forgiveness. (If daily sins are already forgiven, why do we pray that God pardon them?)  Calvinism

James Fisher on why we need to continue to ask for forgiveness. (If daily sins are already forgiven, why do we pray that God pardon them?)

Reformed Theology James Fisher on why we need to continue to ask for forgiveness. (If daily sins are already forgiven, why do we pray that God pardon them?)  Calvinism
James Fisher on why we need to continue to ask for forgiveness. (If daily sins are already forgiven, why do we pray that God pardon them?)

From his Shorter Catechism Explained:

First: How can God pardon sins freely, when it is based on righteousness imputed to us?

God's accepting of Christ as our Surety, and his fulfilling all righteousness in our room, were both of them acts of rich, free, and sovereign grace. Though the pardon of our sins be of debt to Christ, yet it is free to us.

Second: When a believer prays for the forgiveness of his daily sins, is he praying for a new and formal pardon of them?

Whatever may be the believer's practice as to this matter, at some times, through the prevalence of darkness and unbelief; yet it is certain, that the pardon of sin, in justification, is one perfect act, completed at once, and never needs to be repeated.

Third: If daily sins are already forgiven in justification, in so far as not being charged to the sinner anymore, then why are believers to pray for pardon of them?

The evidences of pardon may be frequently eclipsed, and fatherly displeasure incurred, by our daily failings; it is therefore our duty to pray, that God's fatherly displeasure may be removed, and the joy of his salvation restored, by his "giving us daily more and more assurance of forgiveness".

My summary: When your child asks you for forgiveness, it is not because they are in jeopardy of losing their legal rights to your family name and protection, but rather making attempt to repair the damage and remove the displeasure they have done to the relationship between you and her.

From his Shorter Catechism Explained:First: How can God pardon sins freely, when it is based on righteousness imputed to us?God’s accepting of Christ as our Surety, and his fulfilling all righteousness in our room, were both of them acts of rich, free, and sovereign grace. Though the pardon of our sins be of debt to Christ, yet it is free to us.Second: When a believer prays for the forgiveness of his daily sins, is he praying for a new and formal pardon of them?Whatever may be the believer’s practice as to this matter, at some times, through the prevalence of darkness and unbelief; yet it is certain, that the pardon of sin, in justification, is one perfect act, completed at once, and never needs to be repeated.Third: If daily sins are already forgiven in justification, in so far as not being charged to the sinner anymore, then why are believers to pray for pardon of them?The evidences of pardon may be frequently eclipsed, and fatherly displeasure incurred, by our daily failings; it is therefore our duty to pray, that God’s fatherly displeasure may be removed, and the joy of his salvation restored, by his “giving us daily more and more assurance of forgiveness”.My summary: When your child asks you for forgiveness, it is not because they are in jeopardy of losing their legal rights to your family name and protection, but rather making attempt to repair the damage and remove the displeasure they have done to the relationship between you and her.
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