Test # 2 – Relationship with Sin – Continued
In our last post we considered verse 8 under the topic of our relationship with sin. Let’s continue with one of the first Bible verses a believer memorizes, and see what John can teach us.
1 John 1:8 – 10
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Living in Confession
If we confess our sin. This statement provides a condition of reality. John mentions a plurality of sins the believer may become entangled in. It is an act of sin that John transitions to in this verse, as opposed to the state of sinless perfection described above. Given the gracious nature of our God, this willingness to walk in the truth of our fallen condition supplies a remedy to our soul.
But does our confession stir the grace and love of the Father to forgive us? Lets look to the result of our confession of sin.
The result of our confession of sin is that
“He is faithful and compassionate to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Did I write that verse correctly? Read it again, since I have corrupted the text with my own thoughts!
Did replacing the word “just” with compassionate make a difference? Did I write it the way I understood it, or should I read it again? I hope this caught your attention. Since I noticed it, it made a difference in my understanding of a walk with the Master.
Our confession of some act of sin to the Father initiates the Father’s justice!
The Greek word “just” in this verse is dikaios, and is defined as righteous, without prejudice or partiality.
So where is the love?
This forgiveness is a result of the New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus, being shed for us, and providing propitiation (satisfaction) to the righteous requirements of the Law. His blood shed on the cross created a covenant (like a last will of a dying person) that is binding on all participants.
As a participant (or should I say a recipient) of the terms of the New Covenant, God the Father is just (righteous) in providing forgiveness to this ol’ sinner, if I come to Him on His terms. Humbly, and without pretense, in confessing my sins, He is just in forgiving me.
Does He love me – Of course. He suffered and died for me when I was an enemy.
But in this context, justice is the reason forgiveness is provided!
I hope you found a truth that was helpful in your life within this post. Drop me a line, or send this post to a friend that you thought of recently.
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