THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017
Key Bible Verse: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9, ESV)
Dig Deeper: 1 John 1:5-10
God is pure light, pure reality, pure brilliance, and pure holiness (1 John 1:5). His light is such that he is intolerant of sin. He hates impurity and sin because there is no darkness in him—none at all. So how do we bridge the gap between God and us, between pure light and total darkness?
Thanks to Jesus, John was able to write this to Christians: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (Key Bible Verse).
John began, “If we confess our sins.” The word “confess” here means to agree with God. Literally, in the original Greek text, it means “to say the same thing” as God. When we confess our sins, we need to confess them individually. We should confess whatever sins God brings to our consciousness. God requires that we admit to the sins that he brings to our attention. Confession is a spiritual discipline that restores our fellowship with God.
After confession comes the promise of 1 John 1:9 that “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.” We can claim our forgiveness because God is trustworthy. What He says is true. It’s in the Word; we are to believe it and receive it.
– Erwin Lutzer in The Power of a Clear Conscience
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