Published on February 25, 2014
1 John 1:5-10 Intimacy with Jesus, part 5
1 John 5:5-6 - This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. 6So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth.
It isn’t possible to have a right relationship with God and not deal with your sin.
Until your desire to be intimate with God exceeds your fear of dealing with your sin you will never have the level of intimacy you long for. Pray for this Desire
7But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his son, cleanses us from every sin.
Forgiveness & Cleansing are not the same.
Forgiveness Freed from the penalty of sin by being justified by God – this occurred at the Event of Holiness
Cleansing Is the restoration of the Quality of your relationship with God Process of Holiness
8If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.
To deny that sin is in you is self-deception.
Don’t allow the fear of confessing your sin keep you from intimacy with God & others.
9But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.
1 John 2:1 - My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. NLT
If you don’t turn from your sin and turn to God you will perish. Luke 13:3,5
Confess Specific Sin
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 – Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way.
10For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. NLT
1 John 3:4-10 – Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
6No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.
7Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.
10By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. ESV
FAITHFUL God once and for all forgives individuals who sincerely turn to Him for forgiveness .
JUST Seen in the ongoing cleansing done by the blood of Jesus,
FORGIVE Forensic (legal) term – release from a debt – Divine Pardon
10If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. NLT
To have daily fellowship with God and with others we need to confess our sins when they occur.
“To know God it is necessary that we be like God to some degree, for things wholly dissimilar cannot agree and beings wholly unlike can never have communion with each other.” A. W. Tozer, That Incredible Christian (p. 84)
Non Believer has no God honoring response to the conviction of the Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . New Believer Begins to be filled by the Holy Spirit Resulting in Conviction Conversion . . . . . . . . . . . . Copyright, Michael F. Sabo
Conversion ~ New Believer ~ Convicted of Sin but no Cleansing . . . . . . . . . . . . ~ Growing Believer ~ Filled with Holy Spirit - Clean & Usable by God Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . Copyright, Michael F. Sabo
~ Mature Believer ~ Filled with Holy Spirit - Clean & Usable by God . . . . . . . . . . . . ~ Heaven ~ No Sin & No Conviction Death Copyright, Michael F. Sabo
Meditate & Apply Intimacy with God & people requires confessing your sins
Meditate & Apply Thank the Holy Spirit for His conviction
Meditate & Apply Pray that you would be sensitive to His conviction
Meditate & Apply Be quick To confess your sin
Conviction -> Confession -> Cleansing -> Intimacy
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