Confession – Steps To Christ, Chapter 3

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Welcome to Confession – Steps To Christ, Chapter 3

In Short:

Why acceptable Confession follows sincere repentance and reformation? 

What is the work that we have to do on our part as set before us in the Word of God?

The very sin of which you were convicted had to be confessed. Confession of sin should be:

  • heartfelt
  • freely expressed
  • outpouring of the soul
  • definite and to the point
  • specific and acknowledging particular sins

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18

There must be decided changes in the life. Everything offensive to God must be put away. This will be the result of genuine sorrow for sin.

Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:16, 17.

If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. Ezekiel 33:15.

Unless he or she yields to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit they remain in partial blindness to their sins

 

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After Adam and Eve had eaten of the forbidden fruit, they were filled with a sense of shame and terror. At first their only thought was how to excuse their sin, and escape the dreaded sentence of death. When the Lord inquired concerning their sin, Adam replied, laying the guilt partly upon God and partly upon his companion:

The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. The woman put the blame upon the serpent, saying: The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Genesis 3:12, 13.

Why did you make the serpent? Why did you suffer him to come into Eden? These were the questions implied in her excuse for her sin, thus charging God with the responsibility of their fall. The spirit of self-justification originated in the father of lies and has been exhibited by all the sons and daughters of Adam.

The examples in God’s word of genuine repentance and humiliation reveal a spirit of confession in which there is no excuse for sin, or attempt at self-justification. 

Apostle Paul declared: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15.

The humble and broken heart appreciates the love of God and the cost of Calvary for his or her salvation. And it is written: 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.

 

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Those who have experienced the love of Christ cannot be idlers in the Master’s vineyard. They will see opportunities for helping others in their steps to Christ. Partaking of Christ’s love, they will labor for the souls of others. Let every soul copy the Pattern, and become missionaries in the highest sense, winning souls to Jesus.

May we all Repent, Confess, Grow up into Christ, and Rejoice in the Lord.

 


 

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References:

  1. YI, Oct, 1892 – The Ellen G. White Estate
  2. King James Version (KJV) Bible – BibleGateway

 


 

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