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Monday, June 20, 2011

Quiet Time: Forgiven Forever All Men Fall

Forgiven Forever (All Fall Short)

Read: 1 John 1: 5-10

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.. – 1 John 1:5

I believe confusion exists regarding confession, cleansing, and forgiveness of sins. Some believe that without confession there’s no cleansing, and without cleansing there is no forgiveness. In other words, confess or die in your sins. Others teach that one can sin without confessing anything because the spirit can’t sin but the body can. So, what should we believe? We should believe what God says. First, that all men fall. Second, that sin affects man’s fellowship with the Father. Third, we should forgive our fellows, and finally, sin can be forgiven forever.

All Men Fall

1 John 1:5 tells us that God is light (holy) without a hint of darkness (sin); He is absolutely without fault. Utterly and completely perfect. Man is anything but perfect because all men fall.

The bible tells us that man’s imperfections come from sin. This sin causes us to fall short of God’s glory or perfection (Romans 3:23). We can’t get to God because He is holy (light) and we are sinful (darkness). Light dispels darkness; the two cannot exist together. Try lighting a candle in a dark room and you’ll see what I mean.

Sometimes we humans think that we’re really not all that bad. We say things like, “I’m not perfect but I’m not as bad as so and so.” But, we forget that God doesn’t judge on the curve He judges perfectly, because He is the very measure of perfection. Fortunately, when a man repents and asks Jesus to save Him from sin’s affects; Jesus fills him with His presence (light) through the Holy Spirit and He dispels all of that man’s darkness (sin). The man can then walk with God the Father. John calls this walking “fellowship”.

More on that tomorrow.

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