Tag: confess our sins
Scripture reading for May 22nd: Job 11-14
“Know this, God has even forgotten some of your sin.” Job 11:6b
“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1st John 1:8-9
Job’s friend Zophar was frank in his accusation that Job needed to repent. He was certain that Job had sinned and that God was being merciful even in this harsh trial. He stated that God had probably forgotten some of Job’s sins or it might be worse! (Job 11:6) If Job would just repent of his sin, God would be merciful to him. (Job 11:14-15) Zophar could not get away from the common understanding of God’s justice that said trouble and suffering were a result of sin in a person’s life.
Job, however, knew of no specific sins and did not want to fake a repentance or manufacture some sin just to manipulate God or appease these friends. Job did know his need for God’s covering of his sins. He wrestled with how he could meet with God and what would happen after death. Finally, Job made a statement of faith concerning his own life and sins. It is in the form of a prayer discourse with God. (Job 14:13-17) Job asked God to hide him in the grave until His anger had passed and then “to set a time and remember me”. He asked that if a man died, would he live again? He stated that he expected to hear a call from God and to respond from the grave because God longed to have fellowship with the “creature He has made”. Job expected by faith that all his sins would be sealed in a bag, covered over and not remembered!
Jesus Christ came as the “mediator” and gave His life for our sins, promising to come again and remember us! He forgave our sins and remembers them no more! We will live with Him forever! This is available now to all who will repent and confess their sins to the Lord! (1st John 1:7-9)
Scripture reading for November 30th: 1st John 1:1-10
John was the disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’. John was the youngest of the disciples and one of the three who were in Christ’s inner circle, along with Peter and his brother James. John was given the assignment to care for Jesus’ mother by Jesus from the cross. (John 19:25-27) In his later years, (approximately 90 A.D.) John wrote these short letters to his ‘dear children’ encouraging them to grow and endure in their faith.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have see with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life. The Life appeared; we have seen It, we proclaim to you the Eternal Life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy full.” (1st John 1:1-4)
John writes about his own personal encounter with Jesus. It was a first-hand encounter that was on-going even at the time of the writing. He wanted his children in the faith to enjoy fellowship with Jesus Christ and the Father. This would make his joy complete! This sounds like Jesus! (John 15:9-11) Knowing Jesus and the Father is eternal life! (John 17:3)
“This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 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, purifies us from all sin.” (John 1:5-7)
John’s message wasn’t original with him. He got it from Jesus and passed it on! If we claim to have fellowship with Jesus, we can’t go on walking in darkness and sin. That would be a lie! Jesus is the light of the world! (John 8:12) If we truly have fellowship with Jesus, we will walk with Him and confess our sins in true repentance! Are you walking in the light of true fellowship? Does your life show it?