1st John (part 2)

1ST JOHN (PART 2)

GOD IS LIGHT (Continued)

(Pastor Lee Jackson)

I)     INTRODUCTION – LAST WEEK IN PART 1 OF OUR SERIES ON THE BOOK OF JOHN, WE LEARNED THAT “GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL” MEANS THAT GOD IS HOLY, VERY HOLY AND HE HAS NOT CHANGED WITH THE TIMES.  HE REQUIRES THAT WE LIVE HOLY LIVES.   WHEN WE SIN AND MISS THE MARK, (AND WE DO SIN), WE MUST CONFESS OUR SINS TO GOD AND ASK HIS FORGIVENESS.   GOD HAS PROMISED THAT IF WE DO THIS HE WILL FORGIVE OUR SINS AND CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!  WHY DO WE HAVE TO CONFESS OUR SINS WHEN GOD SEES EVERYTHING AND KNOWS EVERYTHING?

A)    1ST WHEN WE CONFESS OUR SIN WE ARE AGREEING WITH GOD CONCERNING THE SINFULNESS OF SIN AND UNDERSTAND THAT GOD HATES SIN, AT LEAST IN PART, BECAUSE HE KNOWS IT WILL,  IF UNCHECKED, CUT OFF THE FELLOWSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH HIM AND LEAD TO SPIRITUAL DEATH, JUST AS IT DID FOR ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

B)    2ND IN CONFESSING OUR SIN WE ARE ENSURING THAT WE DON’T TRY TO FOOL OURSELVES TO THINK THAT WE CAN CONCEAL OUR SINS FROM GOD.   OTHERWISE, WE MAY TRY TO DENY OUR SIN, RATIONALIZE OR COVER OUR SINS.   SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT WHEN WE TRY TO COVER OUR SINS WE WILL NOT PROSPER.  WHEN WE CONFESS OUR SIN WE SHOULD BE SPECIFIC, AND WHEN POSSIBLE MAKE RESTITUTION.

C)   3RD IN CONFESSING OUR SIN WE RECOGNIZE OUR WEAKNESS AND TENDENCY TO SIN.  WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE RELY ON THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE POWER OF HIS WORD TO OVERCOME OUR SIN.  (TEXT 1JOHN 2:1 – 17)

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