The Beauty of the Confession of Sin … walk in the light 2

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 just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (I John 1:8-10)

We are looking at the Biblical teaching of the light of God. We see in scripture, “God is light and in him is no darkness at all” .   The only precondition for sinful man to come into fellowship with the Holy God, is the willingness to come into the light.

To come to God is to come into the light. Primarily, at the onset it is the light of exposure. We see ourselves when we truly encounter God. The Bible is a mirror, so also is a true Church, also true Christians. The Bible, the church and the Christian all convey the light of God. This is why many people avoid all three, they dread the light of exposure, the “secrets of their own heart are revealed “to them in the light, and it is unnerving to them.

The primary way to remain in the light, is to confess our sins to God. We must not obfuscate, or play games about our own shortcomings. The Greek word for “confess” in the Bible is “Homologia”, literally to ‘say the same thing as‘ God does, to come into moral agreement with our LORD and Creator.

Some of the ways people obfuscate is by denying the reality of our sin. Some hold to doctrines which deny that born again Christians can have sin or can be condemned in any way. There have always been heresies which deny the reality and gravity of sin, in effect denying that sin harms fellowship with God. This is a form of darkness.

Others rename sins, giving them therapeutic names and descriptions. There are very few ‘drunkards’ anymore, only ‘alcoholics’. Adulterers and fornicators are now considered to be ‘sex addicts’ and have ‘affairs’. By this way sin is redefined, the responsibility for it is lessened and eased, and the sinner is considered a victim rather than a transgressor.

This too is a form of darkness, and of of alienation from God and sinking into self, rather than having access with God. To come into the light is to confess our sins, to say the same thing about them as God has said, and to call them for what they really are.

As long as sin remains unconfessed, fellowship with God is cut off and heaviness and dryness sets in, as David teaches us in Psalm 32,

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.  When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. (Psalm 32:1-5)

Note that when he kept silence, he experienced something very much like depression. The fellowship with God was suspended, Sin had damaged it, and David dried up.

But it is in the simplicity of David confessing his sin, and uncovering the iniquity, bringing it out into the light of God and his exposure, God forgave the King and fellowship was restored. We cannot live without communion with God, therefore we cannot live without forgiveness of sin. It is as simple as that.

Staying in the Light depends on the practice of regular confession of sin. John tells us that God’s forgiveness is a matter of His own faithfulness and Justice, and not of our feelings about it. God has told us that because of the blood of Jesus, He would cleanse us of each and every offense as long as we confess our sins. Sin, forgiveness, light, darkness

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11 Responses to The Beauty of the Confession of Sin … walk in the light 2

  1. Esther says:

    Thanks for this article.
    May I please ask:
    Do we have to confess every sin publicly? Or is quietly to the Lord alone sufficient?
    Many thanks.
    God bless.

  2. Dan says:

    Hi Bill. A number of years ago I began to attend a small church Bible study that was a dispensational church because I wanted to know more about dispensationalism. I noticed that they did not believe the church started at Pentecost but sometime later. They divided the Bible in unusual ways. They did not believe that baptism was for today and they did not believe in praying for healing for the sick. They also did not believe that Christians needed to confess their sins because all our sins, past present and future were dealt with at the cross. When I told them I believed that sin was the only thing in a Christians life that could interfere with their relationship with God, they did not agree. I realized they fall into the category of hyper-dispensational. Your article was great. When we have unconfessed sin in our lives, we are so miserable. Thank God, He forgives us for Christ’s sake. Dan

  3. Rosemary Higgs says:

    Good for sin to be called for what it is, also it was not that long ago that living together in an unmarried state was called ‘living in sin’ and any children born out of wedlock were called illegitimate. No wonder the light is dimmed.

  4. DMarie says:

    “Staying in the Light depends on the practice of regular confession of sin.” amen!!

    Yes, as the above comment also states… where does the Word tell us that at the moment of conversion the penalty of all of our past, present, AND future sins have been removed from us?
    Past, absolutely! Present, yes! Praise the Lord! But future?? Well, that is dependent upon us.
    Not our works – but our choice to remain in the Light, who IS Jesus.

    IF we ‘remain in Him (the Light) – then YES, those future sins will be forgiven.
    He is our only safety – and this life here is our wilderness test. Will we ‘remain in Him’ despite all temptations and obstacles?? He provides all wisdom and POWER for us to do so.

    But, WILL WE choose to continue ‘in Him’? OR, will we ultimately choose to ‘go back to Egypt’?

    “Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.”
    Jude 5 (they started off in belief – but how did they END?)

    This is the great danger of the false ‘unconditional eternal security’ teaching.
    One of our enemies GREATEST deceits…. if not THE greatest.

    This “remaining in the Light” is NOT a ‘work’ unto salvation, as some accuse.
    We cannot rely on ourSELVES (that would be works), but only choose to remain in the One who IS Salvation Himself…. (parable of the soils/seeds Luke 8, Hebrews 6:4-8, Romans 11:17-22, etc)

    “But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”
    Matthew 24:13

    “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.” Revelation 2:11

  5. DMarie says:

    And, thank you, Bill, for once-again bringing forth Truth, and exposing the lies of the enemy.
    Praise the Lord for SOLID food/Word…. so needed in these dark days!
    I am so looking forward to the Day when all darkness/shadows are removed forever!! 🙂
    The Lamp is the LAMB!! amen

  6. Greg J says:

    8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1

    19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5

    14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12

  7. Thanks Bill. Encouraging post. For when we abide in the light God not only forgives us but cleanses us also.

  8. Paul Almstead says:

    I believe this is one of the main reasons the church is weak and there is no revival. I studied the history of revival and there was almost always confession of sin. Even public confession. Confessing my sin openly was vert difficult but ti ahs brought me great joy and freedom after it was done. Thank you for message.

  9. For me it is a great freedom to confess all sin as soon as I am aware of it’s influence. Thank you Bill

  10. Sue Ackerman says:

    Thank you, Pastor Bill. And thanks also to DMarie. I totally agree with you about the “unconditional eternal security!” I live in Georgia and there is much of that teaching here with devastating results!

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