This morning I will ask you this question which is of most importance; 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:
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.
As always, love in Christ Jesus,