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How to restore our fellowship with the Lord Part 3

The ongoing remedy for our sin: 1 John 1:9 explained


1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

All Christians have an ‘old sin nature’ inside us. See Paul’s comments in Romans about his 'old man'.

v9, we need to name our sins before the Lord and somehow God is able to cleanse us from them all –perhaps even the ones we did not remember!

This verse is constantly available to all true believers. The verb 'confess' is in the continual tense meaning ongoing. Yes it is available every time as often as we need need it.

We receive our forgiveness instantly by faith. This allows us to pick up on our walk with the Lord.

Unconfessed sin festers inside us and makes us unable to conduct the Lord’s work.

When we confess our sin then we agree with God that it is a sin and are instantly brought back into fellowship. PTL


The ongoing remedy for our sin- Keywords

¨       Repent-metanoeo (Greek) means to change your mind.

¨       Confess- homologeo (Greek) means to say the same thing (used in a court of law).


Meta =change   noeo = mind So what this word Repentance means is to ‘change your mind.’

This means that we have changed our minds about the sinful things we have previously done and then we agree with God's view of the sin . We then confess (say) to the Lord the particular sin, which means we now are taking the same view as the Lord.


Paul called the Jews to repentance (change their minds about Messiah on a big white horse defeating the Roman invaders etc.)

Paul called the Gentiles to believe (did not know anything about the Messiah).


2 Cor 7:10 Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians had produced godly sorrow leading them to repentance and life in contrast the world’s sorrow can only produce death.

Amen

Personal Prayer


In Part 4 We consider the three parables in Luke 15 in the context of both salvation and fellowship.

 

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