Article written by Editor, Ron English for Facebook
Text: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
“Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;” I Corinthians 1:10
I John 1:9, is one of the key verses in your New Testament. Christians should always be on the lookout for key Scriptures. While all Scriptures are true, all are good not all are for you in a particular setting. You must be able to discern what is and what is not for you in your situation. Rightly dividing the truth should come to your mind. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15. This verse is another key. Accumulate enough keys and you can open most doors that puzzle others with less keys. Here in our text the Apostle John is telling us that we have to do something with sins after we are saved. Not for salvation, but for righteous living and peace of mind and heart. Unconfessed sins will trouble you in your daily walk and can cause you to stumble and fall away from the sweet fellowship that the Lord wants you to have and enjoy. Some have gone so far, I am thinking, as to lose in their mind for a time that they have even been saved. That is too tragic and should never happen to a Child of God. I am one of those Christians who not only believe that once a Christian has been saved–he is saved and secure forever. He or she will never lose it. So God has tucked a very important promise into His eternal Word and this is it. “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” and not only that He is “faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” “Faithful” means you can depend on Him and His Word. “Just” means He is not harming any Scripture of His Word to do this. Amen and Amen! You see when Jesus died on the cross He saved the believer from the very damning and PENALTY of sin. The penalty of sin is what had you under the curse of damnation and sentenced to hell in the burning pit When Jesus shed His blood on the cross, He paid that sin debt. It was wiped out. Gone! Never to be brought up against a Christian again–NEVER!!! But Christian friend we live in a dirty, fallen world of much sin and degradation and a vile culture of hatred for God and His Word and His people. Satan is always (like a roaring lion) trying to harm your walk. He wants to trick you, discourage you,defeat you and kill your testimony. He is relentless at this. So God placed I John 1:9 in your Bible and informs you via the Holy Spirit that there is a cure for the curse of Satan in the life of the believer. It is called Sanctification. That sanctification is maintained when you are saved from the POWER of sin. Sin still has power. Not power to damn you, but power to hurt your testimony. Hurt your influence on others. So God wants you daily to be cleansed from the power of sin in your life. The Lord has laced the Scriptures with more wonderful promises of His future plans for you. He is not leaving you down here on earth. You have, by the very words of Jesus, a PLACE prepared for you in Heaven (John 14). When Jesus comes back to catch you up and all believers out of this world (The Rapture of the Church) that is called in our language saving you from the very PRESENCE of sin. You are taken out of here to be with Jesus forever and you will never be separated from Him again. Oh, dear ones do be encouraged. Many believers since these promises were given have died. God has not forgotten a single one of them. In fact, when they died, they were immediately transported to Heaven. Absent from the body (death) is present with the Lord. “5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 herefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:1-8.