Emanna for 12/05/2019
The Need for Confession
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin. (9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Words of Ministry
Believers are the children of light and the children of God (1 John 3:1). You are a child of God, and you should know sin. You should have the same attitude toward sin as your Father. Confession in God's house comes when His children take the same attitude as their Father toward sin. They condemn sin in the same way that their Father condemns sin. If we confess our sins this way, God "is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." When we sin and when we know our sin and acknowledge it as sin, God will forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God is "faithful," which means that He must honor and fulfill His own words and promises. He is also "righteous," which means He must be satisfied with His Son's redemptive work on the cross and must recognize it. Based on His promise and based on His redemption, He has to forgive us. He is faithful, and He is righteous. He must forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We have to pay attention to the words every and all in 1 John 1:7 and 9. "Every sin" and "all unrighteousness" are fully forgiven and cleansed. The Lord has done this. When the Lord says "all," He means all. We should never change it to something else. When He says every sin, He means every sin, not just every sin committed before we believed or every sin committed in the past. He has forgiven us of all sins.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp.329-330. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.