Sermon Date: 
Mar 04 2018
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READ: PSALM 32:1-5
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Randy Newman and Lee Strobel in his book, “Questioning Evangelism” states this: "Wanting to please ourselves, we ignore the true bull’s-eye and set our affections on seductive targets that cannot satisfy, sanctify, or save. We are not primarily target-missers; we are self-centered false-target worshippers. … Following such faulty reasoning (talking about the archery illustration), a thoughtful seeker might wonder why God would go to all of the trouble of the cross simply because we aren’t spiritual Robin Hoods. Only the cross takes seriously both God’s holiness and our sinfulness. If we could reach God by having our good deeds outweigh our bad deeds (something that is impossible to measure), the Almighty must be a bargain-basement deity. He’ll lower His standards to match our final offer. On the other hand, if some people were able to reach God without Christ’s work on the cross, they must have less of a sin problem than those who can benefit from only more drastic measures. To put it the way the apostle Paul did, “If righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing” (Gal. 2:21). It doesn’t seem too strong to conclude that Christ is either the only way to God or He is no way at all.”

Romans 5:12, "Therefore just as death entered into the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned."

JESUS & DEATH (actually your death)
In the Old Testament, since the result of sin is death, such death came at the cost of the life in the blood of animal sacrifices. This all foreshadowed towards the PERFECT UNBLEMISHED SACRIFICE THROUGH GOD’S SON JESUS CHRIST who would die for your sins and give you eternal life (John 3:16).

As a born-again believer, born of God, now a child of God in Christ, living with the Spirit of God, our Christian position is this, in the words of John Piper referencing 1 John 5:18 and 1 John 3:9,"We cannot ever make peace with sin, settle in with sin, make sin a friend, be okay with sinning, just go on sinning as though no war needs to be made against it, and nothing will come of it if we do. The present tense (in these verses) says: No, you can’t do that, you can’t make a practice of sinning like that.”

1 John 1:9 reads, “If we CONFESS our SINS, he (God) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Dr. Constable insightfully writes,
"The fact that God has removed the penalty for our sins at conversion (1 Cor. 6:11;Eph. 1:7;4:32; Col.2:13 ) does not remove the necessity of confessing our sins frequently. Again, the issue is not acceptance by God, but fellowship with God. Conversion (forensic, positional) forgiveness makes us acceptable as members of God's family. Continual (family, practical) forgiveness enables us to experience intimate fellowship as sons within God's family."

This word, CONFESS, is a compound word meaning with-saying. The Greek understanding is to speak of the same. In other words, we are saying the same thing about our sin as God does. We are in agreement with God knowing we do know better and agree that although declared “righteous” we did not act in right-ways in the moment.

CONFESSING IS COMING CLEAN BEFORE GOD IN AGREEMENT WITH GOD. It also includes REPENTING, although this should be obvious as a Christian that you agree to change your mind that has you turning away from your sinful ways and drawing closer to God, BUT ALSO RENOUNCING - which is a strong stand declaring in Christ the removal of any spiritual strongholds behind your sinful behavior...

NOW – ANOTHER IMPORTANT POINT OF CONFESSION IS THIS. IT’S NOT ABOUT RECEIVING ETERNAL FORGIVENESS BECAUSE WE KNOW WE STAND FORGIVEN POSITIONALLY IN CHRIST WHO PAID THE PENALTY FOR US... IT’S “EXPERIENCING” FORGIVENESS FROM GOD THAT BRINGS PEACE AND JOY INTO OUR MIND, HEART, AND SOUL! By one’s true contrite heart of confession, and receiving assurance to know you stand forgiven, you have the position in Christ, as a child of God, to move forward being released from any guilt, shame, anxieties or worries and to know your fellowship with God is restored as the Spirit continues to empower you to purify your ways towards Christ-likeness!

Peace to you in God's Amazing Grace!
Pastor Trevor