confession to be forgiven?

Posted: September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

confession to be forgiven?

I read an article which on 1 John 1:9 which
says that there is a difference between
positional and experiential forgiveness. It
says while we have positional forgiveness
we must confess our sins to experience
relational or experiential forgiveness.
Before I begin, let me first say that I hate
sin, I am all for a holy life. But (I know I am
not suppose to begin withe sentence with
“but”, but I want to stress something very
important here), the Bible does not teach
that your fellowship is cut off from your
heavenly Father when you have
unconfessed sins. Sure some of you would
point to David but David in the same
breath says how blessed in the man whom
God does not impute sin on him. See
Romans 4:
6 David says the same thing when he
speaks of the blessedness of the one to
whom God credits righteousness apart from
works:
7 “Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count
against them.
He was referring to a generation of people
whose sins are NOT ONLY forgiven but
whom God does not impute sin on them
anymore. He was referring to believers who
believe Jesus after Jesus died.
(unfortunately for David, Jesus had not
died yet, hence the need to confess.)
As such to categorized forgiveness to
positional and experiential forgiveness, it’s
to say that although I am forgiven, I must
still ask for forgiveness continually to
EXPERIENCE forgiveness. I am sorry but I
cannot agree. To God, forgiveness is a
judicial thing, it is not parental thing. You
have to understand God being our father
receives its basis on the fact we are in His
Son and not just because we are adopted.
It is in Christ that we become His children.
We became His children because we are in
His Son. God does not accept us outside
the Sonship of Jesus. Hence the parental
issue has little to do with how we treat our
children.
Now here’s the issue. Why is it that while
we understand we have been forgiven,
know that we have been forgiven, believe
that we have been forgiven, preach we have
been forgiven, yet still not experiencing
forgiveness?
The writer of Hebrews identifies the
problem in:
Hebrews 10:1-2
1 The law is only a shadow of the good
things that are coming–not the realities
themselves. For this reason it can never,
by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly
year after year, make perfec t those who
draw near to worship. 2 If it could, would
they not have stopped being offered? For
the worshipers would have been cleansed
once for all, and would no longer have felt
guilty for their sins.
The real problem here is not whether you
experience the forgiveness or not. It is the
problem with your own conscience. It is
your conscience that condemns you. How
does it condemns you?
This is how, it keeps on reminding you that
you still have to do something to acquire
forgiveness. Hence the very thing you do to
seek forgiveness becomes the very thing
that reminds you of your sins. Whilst many
would argue this is the way to grace,
Hebrews 10 tells you it comes from the law.
So the problem is created not by God but
by your conscience.
You may then argue and say “isn’t
conscience something that God gave you to
tell you what is wrong and what is right?”
The answer is yes. However not only does it
tells what is right and what is wrong, it also
tells you “You are wrong. you are guilty,
God cannot stand you”. Hence, it is your
conscience that keeps YOU from God. It
does not keep God from you. Had it been,
God would not have looked for Adam.
Adam was the one who hid.
Still not convinced?
Let’s read further on at verses 2 and 3:
“2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped
being offered? For the worshipers would
have been cleansed once for all, and would
no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
3But those sacrifices are an annual
reminder of sins”
The writer states that the sacrifices could
not make such people perfect because they
felt guilt for their sins. Why couldn’t it do
so? Because they asked for forgiveness
through the bulls and goats endlessly. In
fact in verse 2, the writer offers a solution.
If the sacrifice for forgiveness had worked.
You need to only do it once. Why didn’t it
work? Because he sacrifices brought could
NOT TAKE AWAY sin. Note, I said said “TAKE
AWAY SIN”. Not “covered your sins” or
“washed your sins”.
See 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls
and goats to take away sins.
Here lies our problem. Many believers
think that when Jesus offered his blood it
was to cleanse of your sins or to cover your
sins. It is not, he came to take away your
sins.
Some of you may quote Peter and say “its
only your past sins”. Nah that’s not right.
You see if that is true, then the problem of
having to offer again and again comes in,
cause only your past sins have been
forgiven hence your conscience will still
haunt you for your future sins. That
doesn’t cut it.
Let’s read on:
Hebrews 9: 11 But when Christ came as
high priest of the good things that are now
already here,[ a] he went through the
greater and more perfect tabernacle
that is not made with human hands, that is
to say, is not a part of this creation . 12
He did not enter by means of the blood of
goats and calves; but he entered the Most
Holy Place once for all by his own blood,
thus obtaining[ b] eternal redemption .
13The blood of goats and bulls and the
ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who
are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so
that they are outwardly clean. 14 How
much more, then, will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered
himself unblemished to God, cleanse our
consciences from acts that lead to death,
[ c] so that we may serve the living God!
Let’s again look at the work Jesus did.
It was offered in an eternal tabernacle in
heaven not on earth.
It was offered once for
ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
How all is ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL?
Obtaining eternal redemption. What’s that
again? EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEterna l
Redemption.
How was it offered? Through the Eternal
Spirit. Ever wondered why it was the Spirit
of Jesus and not the Father who said “I
remember your sins no more but the
Spirit?”
Hebrews 10:
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about
this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with
them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”[ b ]
17 Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”[ c]
Because the blood of Jesus was offered
though the eternal Spirit when he said
“Father I commit my Spirit to Thee”. It was
a once and for all act that had eternal
consequences.
The forgiveness that is never again
repeated is to solve the problem of the
conscience. It is your conscience that
keeps you away from God not God’s
unforgiveness.
Hebrews 10:3
3 But those sacrifices are an annual
reminder of sins,
So that’s why Christ died once and for all,
he died to establish once and for all the
fact that you are forgiven. This means there
is nothing your guilty conscience can
condemn you for, so that you may really
experience experiential and relational
forgiveness.
Hebrews 10:22
22 let us draw near to God with a sincere
heart in full assurance of faith, having our
hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a
guilty conscience and having our bodies
washed with pure water.
How is this done? The answer is this
Hebrews 10: 11 Day after day every priest
stands and performs his religious duties;
again and again he offers the same
sacrifices, which can never take away
sins. 12 But when this priest had offered
for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat
down at the right hand of God.
Here lies the crux of the matter. The priests
could not sit down because the sacrifices
were not able to take away sins. They could
not sit down. Jesus on the other hand
TOOK AWAY your sins. How many times
did he have to do that? Note, once and for
all, he sat down.
As such the only way to really to experience
real forgiveness is thanking God for his
once and for all forgiveness. The constant
requirement of asking for forgiveness in
order to be forgiven is merely a modern
form of offering the blood of bulls and
goats I may say. It gives power to the a
conscience which does nothing for you to
experience forgiveness. It in effect
produces even less security in the finished
work of Christ.
Then what do you do then, continue to sin
and don’t ask for forgiveness?
No. 1 do not presume I live a callous life
when I say I live a carefree life. I already
told you I hate sin. Note Hebrews 10;1 says
it is not grace that requires this continual
ritual of asking for forgiveness it is the LAW.
The power of sin is the LAW (1 Cor 15:56)
and the only way you can escape sin is to
make sure it is no longer your master.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall no longer be
your master, because you are not under
the law, but under grace.
As such lets be honest with each other, we
can coin up phrases like “experiential
forgiveness” or “parental forgiveness”. To
me, we are just not being honest with
ourselves, the problem is not with God, the
problem is that we have to rid ourselves of
the conscience that bothers us. Let’s face
the biblical fact, your sins are taken away
once and for all. God remembers your sins
no more. The problem is not him. Its you.
Unless you know and believe God has really
once and for all forgiven you you will never
feel forgiven. Its your conscience talking its
not God.
As for how you are kept in fellowship, don’t
look to 1 John 1:9. Look to 1 Cor 1:9.
1 Corinthians 1:9
9 God is faithful, who has called you into
fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our
Lord.
No.1, it depends on God’s faithfulness not
yours. No. 2 it is established in the same
manner He has with His Son. Do you think
God and His Son can be separated after the
cross? Neither can you. Your conscience
has been made clean.
Experience your forgiveness.

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