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May 26, 2022 12:00 am
Well, then, to the intent that Catholic child family for Thursday, May 26 if believers are totally forgiven in Christ Mayumi commanded to confess their sins and repent. Stay with us to get help understanding what the Bible teaches about the confession of harassment.
One of the most familiar verses in all the Bible is grounded in first John little pistol to the back of the Bible and one of the reasons it is over this because it is something we have to deal with everyday goes like this. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse laws from all unrighteousness.
Now all of us have quoted that many many times and yet I wonder if we really understand what it means. The genuinely confess our sins, because oftentimes people will say Walt yes I have contestable has God forgiven it while I'm not sure. Let's do it again. So we do it again and so they confess something and so I so here's what God says as he forgiven you will I think so. I don't feel like it may be so and so, in spite of the fact that God is given as a definite promise about something all of us have to deal with it is still a major problem.
And so when somebody says will I disbelieve the Lord's prayer.
I display the 23rd Psalm the Lord's prayer. I love that probably says if we forgive those who trespass against us that God will forgive us and therefore I believe him forgiven. Know you're not. You see, if all you had to do is to confess your sins to God and that would make you right with him. Why did Jesus have to. There's much more to confession than simply telling him something that you have done someone you turn if you will, the first John and for many of you who are young believers and maybe not too familiar with.
For some of these books are either start the back of the Bible. Go Revelation June 3 second first John the gospel about the little pistol here in the fact that I was to begin reading in verse five and one is to read through chapter 2 verse two and I want you to look for something I want you to look for are some words that keep being repeated over and over and over again.
There just to let her words because there were significant in understanding to whom John wrote this epistle. So let's begin. If you will, in verse five he says and this is the message we heard from him and announce to you that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we live do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sin, we make him a liar and his word is not enough, my little children on writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he himself is the propitiation of the sacrifice for our sins.
But not only for our sins, but also for those of the whole world.
Now, if you notice something very significant in these first reverses what little to letter word did you hear over and over and over again what is it we we and us in our and the reason I say that is because I want you to understand how very important it is that right up front you not understand that this epistle was written to believers, not to unbelievers. This book is about the Christian life, not about getting say and so 24 times in eight versus John the beloved. You recall that he was more than likely the youngest of the apostles and outlived all the rest of them and died that having been banished to Patmos by the Roman Emperor Domitian, and here he is late in life. Writing this epistle to other churches there in Asia minor and so he says we we we us in our not talking about most people were talking about believers very important you not understand this. So when he says if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, then he's talking about believers dealing with sin in their life now. I believe that God intends for us who are believers to enjoy him. I believe God wants us to love him but to enjoy him to take pleasure in fellowship with him in and enjoy being his friend as well as his child, and so therefore I'm going to enjoy the Christian life.
One of things I have to learn how to deal with is I have to learn how to build sin because sin is a problem in the Christian life and what you notice here in the very beginning of this passage and what this is all about is a problem we face notice if you will, in verse five he says this is the message we heard from him and announce to you that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. Then he says if we say that we have fellowship with him yet.
We walk in darkness, we not telling the truth when not practicing the truth.
So here's what I when you notice the problem here that all of us have is this the problem is that God who is light, which means he is perfect and pure and absolutely righteous. He loves us and desires have fellowship with us.
When you are not walking obediently before him. We can have fellowship with him when you and I choose darkness in our life and that is a good symbol in the Scriptures are the Scriptures for sin. Darkness is indication here of sin. When you and invite darkness into our life. What we have is that an immediate conflict. How do you mix darkness and light, you cannot.
How can you mix impurity with purity. You cannot how can you mix imperfection protection. You cannot now if you listen to some preaching. For example, that she knew this issue knew that you must do this you must do that. Sometimes I think I can even long ventures because although she is also the most absolutely bear me down should also most is not put God's all about, then what God is all about what God is all about is enjoying him, loving him and receiving from him. The Christian life is not to be a legalistic form of bondage haul around along with all the other concerns I have in life. It is a desire and a pleasure to walk in fellowship with him. So what John is talking about here, primarily is fellowship.
He's not talking about salvation with fellowship in this two things and was notice here. This distinguish between our relationship with him in our fellowship with our relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ began the moment you and I confess the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. Now is a difference in convincing Jesus as my Savior and confessing sin, confessing Jesus Christ as my personal savior is what you and I do when we trust him and salvation so that our relationship with him begins the moment we are born again we trust him his personal savior.
We asking the forgiveness of our sins we confess our sins, and then we confess Jesus as our Savior based on what he did at the cross and shedding his blood and atoning for our sin.
So what happens at that moment we take on the position no longer is an enemy of God. But now we become sons and daughters of God. That's a new position sons and daughters of God. So that's the relationship, but what about fellowship fellowship is what you and I carry on daily in a relationship with him. We get up in the morning, for example, we talked to him. We listen to him. We talked to him during the day we we walk in obedience to him, we fellowship of the people we share him.
He's at the head of our conversation. He's always in our thoughts and our minds with fellowship with him. So what John is referring to here when he is talking about confessing sin. He's talking about keeping our fellowship right, not a relationship. So when he says if we confess our sins conditionally here. Remember everything he says here talks about those of us who are believers and our fellowship with him because what the sin. Sin messes it up. Sin clouds our fellowship is like a fog. It's like static in our heart.
No one has to tell you when you have sinned against God, I know immediately when I disobeyed him instantly. I am convicted of and so what he's referring to.
Primarily, here is our fellowship is very important we understand that because of some of things were going to send a few moments of what we are dealing with now is the believers wall. How do I walk in the dirty work and still remain. How do I walk and remain obedient to God when I have in me. On the inside of me that's something that still at times truly desires to be disobedient to God, or in a brief moment of weakness absolutely disobeys him how to do that. I do that by walking in good fellowship with him how the body that I do that by keeping my sin less up-to-date and dealt with, and how the body that he says by confessing sin. So with all that in mind, let's look at this for just a moment and done and think about what is the proper approach to confessing our sin will notice that word says if we confess our sin. If you notice first of all, in verse eight he says if we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. And I believe when he talks about SR in here that primarily any could be meeting both but we are talking about.
If I say I don't have any of this principle in if I say that I don't have the natural is not disparately myself but he says if condition if I confess my sin. What does the word confess me, so let me just explain what this means. The word, and he looked at in the Greek would be home alone. Gail low gala logons which means word Homo which means like that is to say something to say the same thing. Literally that's what it means to confess me to say the same thing if I'm confessing sin before the Lord. What I'm doing is I am agreeing with him about the fact that what I have done is wrong. I'm saying the same thing. He says God says that's wrong that sin RCS Lord you write that sin to confess means that I agree with God about what he says about my action. My thought about the to confess Jesus Christ as my Savior says yes I am agreeing with him. The Jesus Christ is the son of God. Virgin born laid down his life at Calvary paid my sin debt in full and upon my acceptance of him as my personal savior I become a child of God that's confessing Jesus Christ as Savior we are talking about confessing sin. What I'm doing as I am agreeing with him about his perspective on what I did little things involved in confession. Is it says that I am assuming responsibility for what I've done what I've said what I thought. So the confession isn't something what you know, just first John 19 this confess your sins, just tell them about it know is assuming responsibility listed confession involves the recognition that I have violated God and his law in some fashion and it is something that does not mix with who I am in Christ Jesus as a child of God. It does not mix with a righteousness that is in me because of his presence within me. Because darkness and light.
Do not mix, and therefore this is the conflict their promise can be can pick it up. My sin and upon convicted by the Holy Spirit. I must deal with that because God's way of saying to me if the fellowship is to remain you have to get that darkness out of your life and the way you get it out is bringing it to me now that brings me to talk about for just a moment. How do we do that is in simple terms how do we deal with is how do we handle we confess the sin that all of us have to deal with in our life. Well there's lots of things that you and I can say about it but to let me say that the first of all, if I'm going to deal with it and deal with in a proper fashion. Then I've got to do with the way I believe God says very clearly, and that is I've got to be specific about. You see, here's what we do not know what we did, because I thought about my life. For example, it's one thing for me to say the Lord please forgive me of my sins in Jesus name, amen. I don't even believe he hears that you know what I can do that. I don't feel too bad, but if I said to him, Lord, forgive me because Lord I am angry at him.
Forgive me because that is lost. Forgive me because that is agreed forgive me because the market is going to hold us to think there's one thing is something about naming it. He says if we confess our sins, and I don't believe God intends for us to give him this generalization. You know what I've noticed the Holy Spirit nervous as never convicted made against SIMS when he convicts me he points out in my life something that is not right. We are to confess sin specifically name it and call it what it is. God wants us to name it what it is. Lord, I have sinned against you by gossiping against this person, I have sinned against you, dear God by being dishonest. Absent against you, God, because that was deceitful, absent against you got because I was my whole attitude was all bent out of shape. I have falsely accused there all kinds of things that unite will this. Please forgive me of my sins, I know you love me. In Jesus name, amen.
Forget he does you know what, that's not taking responsibility for action. Therefore, if confession is going to be genuine. I have to name now somebody says rollout when it comes to confessing sin for whom to be confess, we confess it to God. He's the one we violated if I have sinned against someone else. I go to that person asked them please forgive me some medicine as well then what about public confession. Listen carefully, public confession should only be done when that person can do that, under the guidance of God, and it brings no hurt and harm to someone else.
Listen any kind of public confession that hurts and harm someone else that does not edify the body is not of God. And so therefore the person says well I just got a confess to the whole world listen is never permissible to cleanse my conscience at the expense of someone else not in public and so therefore our confession should be to Almighty God.
If I have wronged a person, and I go to that person are sounding to ask you to forgive me for illicit when you confess sin immediately upon the spirits conviction when the spirit points out something is not right. That's the time to do it because, listen listen listen carefully when talking about fellowship. We talk about God loving is in desiring of fellowship. He wants us to deal with what clouds our relationship immediately so that we confess and move on. We confess and move on in our life, not having sin accumulated in our life. And finally, when the conviction gets so bad we can't stand the more we balance our landlord own ability no.
He loves us.
He wants us to walk in wonderful pleasurable fellowship with him and therefore to do so.
I've got to get this mixed unmixed time. I gotta get this darkness out of my life. That is something onset of something I did. Therefore, we confess sin immediately and immediately upon our confession of sin, because he is certainly going to forgive is now moving on. I give you a warning about is all this pleading and begging when it comes to confessing.
He says if we bring to him, something specific, and we agree with him about his perspective. This is not right. This doesn't belong. Forgive me of this.
Thank you, father, and move on. I don't have to beg God to do something for me that he has already promised to do.
I don't have to plead and cry and we even hope that somehow he's going to do that one. I'm not saying that you should never weep in confession because I think when you not a deep convicted over sin depends upon what it is. For example, that we will have deep conviction, sometimes we will weep and there will be tears and and there will be not pleading for forgiveness that is several why do people plead for forgiveness I think sometimes is because we feel so unworthy of being forgiven. We think that somehow we've got to persuade God. Now if I am under the conviction of the Holy Spirit about something. Naturally, I am going to feel remorse and regret my heart that I would sin against God.
Now somebody says will should we just have a big cleanup job reminds her Lord forgive me for all the things that I haven't thought about. Well, if you want to do that now make you feel good, be my guest.
But you don't have to do that because you see, here's the reason you know if you notice verse seven he says the blood of Jesus Christ his son is continually cleansing us from all sin. Illicit it isn't confession that cleanses me.
It is the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary, which he has continually and is continually applying to my heart is like I'm walking in the stream of God's continuing forgiveness. Then you several why, confess, confess, listen, confession is as if I open the door to restore my fellowship. It has nothing to do with my son ship it has nothing to do with my relationship. It all has to do with my fellowship with him.
The blood of Jesus Christ his son is continually cleansing me from sin. Confessing is in cleansing the blood of Jesus Christ is continually cleansing me from all sin.
What is my confession, my confession is not is my opportunity of restoring my fellowship with him so that I can enjoy him and he can enjoy me as one of his children.
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