Freedom Ministries Fellowship Notes
The Truth About Walking in the Light and the Confession of Sin
Praise and Worship: 10 minutes:
Testimonies: 5 minutes
Review: The Truth About Walking in the Light and the Confession of Sin
1 John 1 was written to unbelievers and Gnostics that were bringing some untruths into the church. The Gnostics didn’t believe Christ came in the flesh. They also didn’t believe they were sinners and taught that salvation came from enlightenment and knowledge. Knowing that John is addressing unbelievers in this chapter helps to clear up a lot of confusion.
1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Many people think that when we sin, we fall out of light and into darkness. This is not accurate. Walking in the light does not have to do with sinning, or not sinning. It has to do with our position and inheritance in Christ Jesus. Colossians 1:12-14 makes it clear that we have been translated out of darkness and into the kingdom of his dear Son. When believers sin they do not fall into darkness. Sin was dealt with once and for all on the cross. Today when a believer sins, they maintain their inheritance in the light. The New Covenant is not about our actions. It is about our position in Jesus Christ who is always in the light.
1 John 1:8-9 says, “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.” John is not telling believers that they have to confess every sin in order to be forgiven. When believers accept Christ and acknowledge their need for a Savior, they have complete redemption and forgiveness of every sin through the blood of Jesus.
John was telling the unbelievers that they were all sinners. If they proclaimed they were not sinners, they were deceived and lacked the truth. Yet if they confessed their sins, “God was faithful and just to forgive them and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.” You can only be cleansed from all unrighteousness once. All means all. Today we do not need to confess every sin in order to be forgiven. Ephesians 1:7 and Colossians 1:14 are just two of the many scriptures that tell us that we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus, not our continuous confession. It is okay to confess our sins, but we need to make sure we know that our righteousness is a gift from God and is not dependent on our confession. When we confess our sins, it is not out of guilt and condemnation. Today when we confess our sins to God, we do it out of thanksgiving and assurance that we are eternally forgiven.
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