In this letter, to the believer; to the one who has accepted Jesus Christ as his/her Savior let’s look at “CONFESSION” What it means to “confess” and to whom do you “confess”.
Becoming “a Christian” does not make us immune to sin. As a born again believer “a Christian” we have the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth, but we must be willing to follow this truth and leading, guiding us into this truth. As a person we must daily make the decision whom we will serve. This only comes by allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our way of living, being obedient to His direction and through the knowledge of His Word “the Bible”.
Again let me say I/we as an individual must make that decision, daily. With the help of the direction of the Holy Spirit and our obedience to His direction we can live a victorious life in Christ Jesus. The carnal man will always be knocking at your door…whom will you serve. Thank God for conviction, repentance, and the forgiveness of sin. The confession of sin when recognized will bring about a renewing of your soul. The Holy Spirit will direct, guide and convict the one whom is desiring to live right. By this I mean, the one who is seeking God and His direction.
The natural man, or unbeliever, knows nothing about carnality. The desires of the flesh warring against the Spirit, and the Spirit warring against the flesh, which began at rebirth, are what produce carnality and the awareness of it.
- But Paul said, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” Gal. 5:16. In other words, carnality will disappear as we walk in the spirit, daily.
- As David writes in Psalm 73:1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. The life of the believer who walks in the Spirit will be a life free of sin and a life of blessings and God’s favor!
An important ingredient to walking in the Spirit is the confession of sin. One must confess his sin in order to be restored to fellowship with God and continual receiving His Power.
- 1 John 1:5-10 This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. So 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. But 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. If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
What is confession? Confession is a formal declaration of guilt. It requires an attitude of sorrow for the sin and a willingness to turn from it. There must then be an attitude of repentance for the sin; that is a turning away from it.
Confession should be made at the moment the Christian becomes aware of sin. Other than this rule, the Bible speaks of two specific times for confession:
1. Before the close of day – Ephesians 4:26 And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.
2. Before the Lord’s Supper is observed –
- 1 Corinthians 11:27-32 So if anyone eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily, that person is guilty of sinning against the body and the blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking from the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup unworthily, not honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died. But if we examine ourselves, we will not be examined by God and judged in this way. But when we are judged and disciplined by the Lord, we will not be condemned with the world.Confession of sin should normally involve only those who have knowledge of the sin:1. Private sins confess privately –
- 1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.
Sins between individuals confessed between those involved –
- Matthew 5:23-24 “So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there beside the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.
Public sins confess publicly –
- Matthew 18:17 If that person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. If the church decides you are right, but the other person won’t accept it, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
- As stated in 1 Cor. 14:26 public confession normally is made for the edification of the church…” Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize what I am saying. When you meet, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in an unknown language, while another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must be useful to all and build them up in the Lord.”
YES…CONFESSION IS an important ingredient to walking in the Spirit.
Love in Christ Jesus,