The Critical Value of Confessing Our Sins ~ blog
I get excited when I am looking over a passage I have read tons of times in the past and notice something new. That happened to me this week and I think it is an important thing for all of us to know. That passage in 1 John 1:5-7;
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Most of you know that I hold the biblical position that when a person is truly born again by the Spirit of God, they go from being dead in sin to being alive in Christ. At that moment all of their sins are completely forgiven by the shed blood of Christ. All sin, past, present, and future are forgiven and the penalty for all of their sins is completely paid, once and for all.
Because of this biblical truth when we sin, we do not need to beg for forgiveness because we already have complete forgiveness. I know, I know, sometimes I find myself saying those words almost automatically because I regret the bad choice I made and desire to show remorse to the Lord. But realistically since they are all already forgiven, I do not need to ask for that…again.
However, clearly, we are told to confess our sins, and here is the new thought I had. I confess my sins because I am told to do so in 1 John 1:9 and James 5:16. And this is extremely important for us to do … NOT TO RECEIVE THE FORGIVENESS WE ALREADY HAVE FROM THE LORD…BUT TO RECEIVE CLEANSING FROM SIN AND WHAT IT DOES TO US.
Yes, we are forgiven of the sin, but we are not cleansed from it. I do not know if you have noticed this or not, but you probably have. Yes, we are free from the penalty of the sin, but sin has a way of impacting us or tainting us. It has a way of leaving a residue on us from which we need to be cleansed.
A perfect example of this is living in these days of Covid-19. I get in my car and drive to the drugstore to pick up my medication. They hand it to me in the drive-thru and I touch the bag that others inside have touched. Or I even go inside and get something else I need. Even with my face covered with a mask and my hands covered with sterile gloves, upon returning home, I walk in the door and use hand sanitizer on my hands. Just in case somehow there was coronavirus in the air or on the products and I got some of it on me.
Now in that illustration there is a lot of precaution going on and little chance of actually being contaminated with the virus. However, every time we choose to sin there is a contamination that happens in our lives from which we need to be cleansed. Confession is God’s means of cleansing us from the aftereffects of our allowing sin to enter our mind and body.
For example, a person decides to go online because they are bored, lonely, stressed out, and or angry. They might be feeling entitled to having some sexual pleasure because it has become their drug of choice in dealing with the stress of life. Or, they just might be doing ok but are online searching for a sermon from their favorite virtual preacher, and an ad for something pops up and catches their attention.
If they ignore it the only possible contamination would be if they looked at the image and allowed it to get some prime time in their mind. If they click on it, definite contamination. However, seeing is just temptation, and ignoring it and moving on to something else is the answer.
But let’s say they decide to click and now they are very close to seeing sexual images which are always going to leave a residue. If they go to the website, they have entered the kiddy pool and are slowly being drawn into the deep end where you know a porn site awaits you and beckons you in with open arms.
Eventually, after getting the fix that fixes nothing, they climb out of the pool that looked so inviting going in but then reveals it is actually sewer you went into and now you are contaminated by living for a time in sin.
Then for some reason, and this baffles me, but I did it myself, you decide to dive back in and wallow around in it for a while before asking anyone for help and calling in your support team to help you. Worse yet you have no support team and continue to be a lone sheep.
Confession of our sins to the Lord and also confessing them to one another is how we can be cleansed from our sins. Not the eternal cleansing we have already received by the shed blood of Jesus but cleansing of ourselves from being contaminated again by willfully diving back into sin and walking away from it yet being infected with its residue.
The sooner this confession happens the better your recovery will be and the less likely you will dive back in. Listen the wages of sin is death. Sin brings death so should we be at the sewer thinking about diving back in or walking in the light as He is in the light and be being cleansed from the residue of sin.
In Romans 6 Paul writes;
“What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Life of death … our daily choice.