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Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness "5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us." - 1 Joh 1:5-10
- Most certainly this is what the Bible says.
- That is what verse 9 says!
The question actually is here; is this verse aimed at Christians or Gentiles, someone who has not yet become a Christian?
- This is a verse written to Christians.
- In verse 6 he says that they already have fellowship in Jesus, it means they are Christians. He makes the distinction that they already have fellowship in Him but they decided to live in darkness instead of light.
- So if we confess our sins, then we live in the light as God wants us to do according to verse 7.
- In verse 8, if you are a non-Christian then you will not claim you have no sin, you are already aware of all your sins when you come to God and seek that forgiveness that Jesus offers for your sins.
- So this verse 9 shows us that we must confess our sins on a regular basis. It’s like brushing your teeth in the morning and evening, or bathing regularly. If one does not regularly brush teeth then one begins to stink. Same spiritually.
- So trying to use this verse out of context for non-Christians is not biblical.
- Well it can be tradition that we have had for years that the pastor calls us forward to make a spiritual commitment and asks if we want a relationship with God and then pray the sinners prayer. It encompasses when you “give your heart to the Lord”. We know God hates traditions (Mat 15:1-9), that are not in line with His Word, because it allows people to think they serve God but in the end it means nothing. You might go to church, even pray and be part of a cell group but in the end you are not saved and do not go to heaven.
- It’s interesting to know it only started in America in the 1830s, praying the sinners prayer. No disciples / Christians were “saved” this way in the first century.
- People also confused it with being born again as we discussed yesterday. So it gives people a false sense of security about their salvation.
- I have seen guys on TV asking people after a very emotional service if they want to give their hearts to the Lord by saying sorry for their sins and promising their devotion to Jesus.
- It certainly comes from Peter’s first sermon after the Holy Spirit was poured out and the people began to speak in tongues. “40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2: 40-41). I think people are still following the adoption section but have thrown away baptism. Peter also says that if one repents and is baptized (verse 38) that one is saved, he says Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” (verse 40) So those who accepted Peter’s message (verse 38) repented and were baptized (verse 41). He also says that those who repented and were baptized were added to the number of believers becoming part of the church, they became a believer by repenting and getting baptized not saying a sinners prayer. The other side of the coin is also true that people who rejected God’s plan for their lives did not repent and get baptized. He says ‘those who accepted his message”, so there must have been those who rejected it.
- So your sin is not forgiven if you are a non-Christian and you pray a prayer so that your sins will be forgiven, it is meant for people who are already Christians.
- We already saw yesterday that your sins are forgiven if you repent and get baptized, for the forgiveness of your sins and that you can receive the indwelling Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)
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Tomorrow we will see, if I open the door to my heart for Jesus if I will be saved?
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