The Basis of Forgiveness
of Sin -
morning with the series of
basic Bible doctrine studies.
And we have
learned thus far there was a wall which separated man from God, and
that by the
act of reconciliation, God removed that wall.
He removed it through
the cross of Jesus
Christ, a work of Christ on our behalf. There
was once a matter of sin that separated us. God
paid with the life of his son, and
redeemed us out of the slave market of sin. We
had the penalty of spiritual death, and because
of our sin, God
removed that by forgiving us our sin, through expiation.
There was a problem,
that we have an old
sin nature-so we were born physically alive but spiritually dead. He
regenerating us, giving us a human spirit,
whereby God contacts us.
of God was such, His holiness as such, that this separated us. The
justice of God, against our sin, was met
with propitiation, that is satisfying justice-man’s against
righteousness of God demanded perfect,
absolute righteousness in us was met by imputation.
have imputed with the righteousness of
we were born
in Adam so that we were in a position of death and He removed us and
put us in
Christ, in the position of life.
So we have said, thus
far, that God exists,
and that he reveals Himself in a way that we can understand, and that
He has a
plan, and that that plan includes each of us. Now
you will decide, of course, this morning,
whether you want to get
oriented to the plan of God, and whether you want to get involved,
cooperatively, with God’s plan for your life or not.
Our role this morning
is simply to
communicate to you the revealed information of the word of God, and
leave it with your responsibility to exercise your own volition as a
God, as to what you will do with it. However,
if you will patiently listen during this
series of basic
doctrinal studies, we can assure you that you will have enough right
information to know how to function in your priesthood and how to
yourself to the plan that God has for your life. When
you do this, your life will become
meaningful, and you’ll find yourself enjoying God’s
this is what God desires to do, to share with you His perfect happiness.
Now we have learned
that the old sin nature
remains with the Christian after salvation and it causes the Christian
what we have called a “spiritual stall”.
is, where he is no longer flying, but where he
A spiritual stall
progress in the
plan of God for your life and you are declared to be in the position of
Now maximum capacity
spiritual phenomena is going to be based on an attitude of mind, which
from the Holy Spirit controlling your life, which depends on your
And that recovery
technique we indicated was confession of that specific sin.
Outside Evidence of
Now the Bible gives us
many evidences that this is true concerning the believer, that he continues with the old
sin nature, and that at this problem of carnality is one that he faces all
the days of his life.
You remember that
Corinthians, in the first 3 verses, we have a description of the evidence of carnality
on the outside of the Christian.
important that we understand this. Otherwise,
you will be shocked by the things that Christians can do, by
the wrong things that Christians can do. And
you will cop out, with some explanation like “well, that person was
never saved” or “he had a head knowledge, not a
And that isn’t
true, because we come to an
understanding of Christ through “a head knowledge.” There’s
Now the sorriest
and the best people in the
world are Christians, and you need to understand that.
The carnal Christian
acts like a spiritual
And you know what
a baby is
A baby wants
attention, and he
wants to be pursued, and he wants to be pleased. And
that’s how some Christians within the
local church are on the outside. You
have the same evidence as you have in the Corinthian church here in 1
Corinthians 3, these first 3 verses, which describes the conduct of
people, which is “I want attention”. You
have a Christian in your church and you don’t make over him-
he walks out
and says “that’s an unfriendly church”.
he goes and he finds someplace else, and he
rotates from one church
to another until he can find someplace that will compliment him enough. Some
Christian brings a basket of flowers for
the front of the auditorium, or gives a special offering for some
cause, and if
you don’t make note of it, he’s offended.
Some Christians show
their carnality in
their babyhood stage by the fact that they get big kicks out of seeing
name in the church bulletin.
the fact that they have no social life, and they look to the local
provide them with a social life. In
general, they want the attention that somebody else is getting in the
the prestige that somebody else is getting in the church, and they want
what somebody else is doing in the church. One
of the surest signs that you are in carnal,
carnal babyhood stage of
your spiritual development is the fact that you want attention, that
to be made over, that you want to be lauded, that you want to be
This is the
Inside Evidence of
Other evidences of
carnality are on the
If you move over
to the book of
Romans, chapter 7, the apostle Paul tells us what it’s like
evidenced on the inside of a Christian. Beginning
in verse 14, Romans 7:14: “For we
know that the law [that’s
the law of Moses] is spiritual.”
This law was from God,
and it expresses
know that the Mosaic Law is spiritual, but Paul says “I am
I am out of phase
with the standards of God
in my life.”
Then he says
under sin”, which means “I am in bondage to
This is in the
Greek perfect tense, which
means that this is a permanent factor of his life, the problem of being
bondage to the old sin nature.
“sin” in the singular refers to the old sin nature.
Now here’s the
great apostle Paul.
along his Christian life and he
makes a declaration: “I know that what god tells me to do in
absolutely right, it’s spiritual, and I accept it.
I find that I am carnal, I am in bondage
to my own sin nature.”
Now notice in verse 15
that there are, in
translation, the word “do” occurs 3 times.
in the Greek Bible, it is very revealing that
these-this word for do
-each time is a different word.
explains to us what is going on inside of us when we are carnal.
He says, “For
that which I do”-and this
word is “katergazomai.” And
means “something on the inside working itself out.” So
the first thing the apostle Paul says
there about carnality is that it comes from inside and it works itself
For that which keeps on
working out of me,
I do not understand.
For what I would,
the things that I want, that do I not. Here’s
the second ‘do’. And
‘do’ is “prasso.” This
means “to practice”. The
things that are
Now, here’s this
I am frustrated
by the fact that
keeps working itself from out of me from some source within me. Something
down deep inside of me is coming,
is causing practices, habits, performances to come out of me that I
And then the last
phrase, “but what I
hate-the thing I really despise-that, I do.”
here is the last word for ‘do’, and
this word is “poieo” in the Greek. And
this is the only word for ‘do’ here. That’s
what it means.
This is the thing
But in these 3 words,
you see we have a
picture of what carnality is like on the inside of a Christian. There’s
a dominating defect that we take
us into salvation.
So that you may
translate this verse something like this: “for that which
on working out
of me-that is, sins from the old sin nature when it’s in
control-I do not
For what I desire
that I do
But what I hate,
what I’m doing.”
Well in time, as you go
on through the book
of Romans, you discover that the apostle Paul learned that there is a
controlling the old sin nature, and that God, the Holy Spirit, is there
it, there is a technique to recover from the point when the old sin
Now, there is strong
with this idea of confession.
already been receiving it from several directions, on the reactions
of you have received, and having some of the people listening to tapes
religious person and the average religious church is appalled by the
confession of sins as the spiritual stalls recovery technique.
I want you to turn with
me this morning, as
we begin, to turn our attention to the fact that there is a basis for
I want to show
you that there
is a legitimate ground by which God can act upon this basis.
Turn to 1 Corinthians 1:2. The apostle Paul says unto the church of God, which is at Corinth.
The church of God refers to believers who are in union with Jesus Christ, and who thereby compose the universal church.
They are at Corinth, which refers to the fact that they are also in a local church, which is a physical part of the universal church.
Then he says,
that are sanctified in Christ Jesus”-the word
“sanctified”, remember, means
“set apart”-and this is in the perfect tense, so it
they are forever set
apart in union with Christ Jesus. Sanctified,
or set apart, in Him, they have a
relationship that is
They who have
called upon the
name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, both theirs and ours.
Inner and Outer
Now, let’s review
our diagram again, that
helps us to think this through.
circle, and this circle represents Jesus Christ. Now,
at the point of your salvation, you
enter this circle.
And you enter
that’s why we
that this is eternal fellowship. This
a circle that you can never leave, once you have entered it. Now
there is also a circle here in the, at
the core-the inner circle.
inner circle is your relationship to God in time. This
is your temporal fellowship.
This is the
position of being spiritual.
This is the
position, out here, of being
You enter this
one by sin, you
return by confession.
Now, that’s the
And it is very
that you understand
When we speak
position in Jesus Christ, we’re talking about the fact that
has united you
to the Son of God.
And He has done
such a way, the Bible describes from this perfect tense, that it can
again be undone.
we want to establish.
Now, the inner circle
represents the way
you walk with God in your daily life. It’s
your temporal fellowship.
And, you will be
in and out of that circle as you
move along through
your daily experience.
Two Kinds of
Now 1 Corinthians 3:1
teaches us that there
are two kinds of Christians.
couldn’t speak unto you as spiritual, but unto you as
Christian is the one that
is in the inner circle of fellowship. The
carnal Christian is the one who has left that
But you will
notice that 1
in addressing these same Christians, in this church in Corinth,
them all saints.
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth,
that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints.”
people are all saints.
Now, you may have
various views about your
Christianity this morning.
Some of you
may be sitting here and thinking that you’re lost again. Some
of you may say, “I have a very
may be very dissatisfied
the way that you conduct your life as a Christian.
of you may feel that you are very much
on the godly side.
themselves a higher rating because they are clean-living people.
But you see, this
doesn’t mean much in
reference to divine estimate, although it is important.
unbeliever can live just as clean a life
as a Christian, and maybe better, but that is morality.
is not Christianity.
you may be a good Christian, or you may
just be a self-deceived, self-righteous idiot this morning. But
it’s not the issue before God. And
in the basic course of doctrine like
this, we’re going to try to orient you to what is important
God’s eyes in
reference to the quality of your Christianity.
because they are
discouraged with their Christian lives, because they don’t
understand how to
function under their personal priesthood, resort to all kinds of
try to do something about it.
they get themselves into a church where they can get in a lot of
some kind of a program, and they go through certain stages to reach a
standard, and then they discover and they’re still bored. Or
maybe they respond with the solution of
the satanic emotional delusion of speaking in tongues, or of the
People who are
that they can get really emotionally high for a while, but then they
The Old Sin Nature
Now God provides you
and me with happiness,
He provides us with peace, and He provides us with the means to
But we have to
information to be able to do that. We’re
dealing with a very vicious statement, this old sin nature-and this is
of our troubles.
Just very briefly, to
we have learned
an old sin nature after
The old sin
desperately wicked. Believers
old sin nature’s control are called
The old sin
frustrates good, divine
instruction and the Christian way of life. We
get an old sin nature from procreation, from our
The old sin
nature produces sin
The old sin
found in the resurrection body of believers.
Christianity as a
Now, this is the
problem that we’re dealing
But we who have
this kind of a
situation are united to Jesus Christ. And
we are seated with Him at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven
point of our salvation.
So you see
Christianity is not a matter of rituals and of customs and of
it’s a matter of a relationship. Christianity
is a relationship, not a religion. In
a religion, man seeks to gain God’s
approval and His blessings by his human works. In
Christianity, a person has a relationship where
God, The Holy Spirit,
has entered him into union with Jesus Christ.
So we want to look this
morning as to why
this relationship in these two circles works. How
is it that I, as a Christian, can leave this
inner circle and not
leave my salvation and that I can return? It
all stems from our position in Christ. So
we’re going to look in a little bit
detail as to what that is, position in Christ.
Position in Christ
First of all, question
number one, how do
you get in?
How do you get in
The mechanics of
this, we read
here in 1 Corinthians that all believers are sanctified, whether
They may all be
different stages of growth.
is in Heaven, we are on earth, but the moment we receive Him as Savior,
happens to us on the inside.
very permanent takes place.
Baptism into the
Body of Christ
You’ll read about
that in 1 Corinthians
“For by what spirit
we all baptized into one body?” All
believers are baptized by God, the Holy Spirit, into the body of Christ. Verse
27: “Now ye are the body of
members in particular.” Baptism
The baptism of
Spirit, let’s clarify from the very beginning, is not an
listening to the radio preachers
Some of our
people would like
to get us interested in some small segments of radio time.
I’ve been listening in, and I am appalled
at the gobbledy-gook and the hogwash that’s put out on the
to receive the
through all kinds of fantastic, weird devices.
As a matter of fact,
this precious truth
about the baptism of the Holy Spirit is even being distorted in circles
ought to know better on the college level, organizations working with
My number two son
told me that
they had recently at Wheaton College
heard a man that
was head of such an organization. And
there were red flags here and there that kept coming up in his mind, he
know quite exactly why.
And I told him
that in the newspaper information sheet of this particular
have now started printing how many college students received Christ as
in a certain school, in the work of their staff. And
then it is also listing how many of them
expressed a desire to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
This is an extremely
defective point of
view, and it is satanic, for it defeats the stability and assurance of
Christian at the point of his relationship, his eternal, permanent
to Jesus Christ.
no end of
troubles, of problems, that stem in the lives of people unless they
this position in Christ.
We get in
because God, the Holy Spirit, baptizes us into it.
One of these radio
preachers says when
you’re baptized with the Holy Spirit, you’ll know
because you’ll start speaking
Nothing could be
from the truth; that’s a bald-faced lie. The
baptism of the Holy Spirit is not an experience. You
have no emotional reactions or response
It is received
every Christian at the point of salvation. And
it is the key to our union with Jesus Christ. The
moment you believe, 1 Corinthians 12:13,
declares that by
you are baptized into union with Jesus Christ. And
don’t let anybody ever deceive you, no
matter how powerful and how
influential and how prestigious the organization may be.
will find false doctrine in the most
The Union of Jesus
Secondly, we get in
with the baptism of the
Holy Spirit, that’s the technique. This
union is true of carnal and spiritual Christians. It
is equally true of both.
1:2, you see already indicated
that this was true.
The background of
the Corinthian church was very bad; this was perhaps the most carnal
the New Testament, and it came out of a very, very wicked social
And yet, these
people in 1
Corinthians 1:2 are declared to be sanctified, set apart in Jesus
they are called saints: every one of them, the carnal and the spiritual
And they are
called this, it
says, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
the same thing as saying faith in Jesus Christ, Acts 2:21, Acts 16:31. So
“saint” describe every
Christian’s position with God, immaterial of how we walk. Sanctified,
because of how you walk?
No, because of
who and what Jesus Christ is
and what He has done.
So you see, the kind of
Christian you are
this morning is not the issue with God. Because
the issue is what God did for you the moment
There were over
happened to you in an instant when you believed in Christ as Savior. One
of those things we’re talking about,
being placed in Christ.
So positional truth is
the basis, you see,
for our circles.
When I sin,
am eternally united to Christ, it can’t break my Son-ship,
does break my
It ruins my walk
God the Holy
Spirit is grieved, He
leaning on Him,
therefore He cannot direct me.
my life is in a spiritual stall, and I am going exactly no place. And
until I come back, through confession of
sin and get back into that inner circle, that’s where it
all the days of
This is true
because I am in
position in Christ.
And unless people
understand this, these
folks that you explain this to, these people that you let listen to one
tapes, they’re going to be appalled. Like
one man from a great denomination said to one
of our men, “well,
the way he talks, all you’ve got to do is just sit on your
backside and do
And that’s a
colloquial way of expressing
it, but that’s about it, because God has done it, and not you. So
quit complimenting yourself.
The Result of Our
to Jesus Christ
Furthermore, there are
two main results
from our positional relationship to Jesus Christ. One
is eternal life.
You have eternal
1 John 5:11,
“and this is the record that God had given to us.
life and this life is in His
He that hath the
He that hath not
the Son of God,
hath not life.”
relationship with the Son Jesus Christ, not a ritual.
day you entered union with him, you
entered His eternal life.
Now, nobody can take
this eternal life away
says no one can pluck you from
39, lists a series of
things, persons, humans, events-none of which can remove you. You
notice in Romans 8:38 and 39, it includes
And the greatest
angel of all,
Satan, if he could remove you, he would. The
Bible says he can’t.
Even God can’t
you from this
position in Christ, because He is immutable, He is unchangeable, He is
absolutely just, and His justice has been met, has been satisfied. So
instead, God’s power is actually the
that is preserving you.
1 Peter 1:4,
says “inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled, and that
heaven for you who
are kept by
the power of God through faith, unto salvation, ready to be revealed in
Who are kept by
Now these poor people
that run around
constantly on edge because they’ve done something and they
back for hell again, are the people who have not grasped the fact that
kept in salvation by the power of God, and not by your human efforts. So
stop insulting God, if that’s been
line of thought.
Deceit in the Church
All of these
invitations that are so
popular in churches today, for people to rededicate themselves, for
come forward and reaffirm their faith, for people to stand up and stand
God, those are practically blasphemy. Because
God isn’t going to give you anything
more at that moment than He
has already given you at the point of salvation. Because
you are ignorant of the doctrine, you
will be a sucker for that kind of professional preacher bait, and you
to it and snap on it, and pretty soon you will be standing and moving
My son observed that
the technique is tried in the Wheaton chapel on
two occasions, and it bombed out both times, because there were enough
apparently who knew better than to respond to this kind of gimmickry. Now
the professional revivalist that moves
doesn’t like this.
to decry the fact of making public moves, of somehow something you can
do cannot be associated with what God has already done: the idea that
just come forward publicly, it will seal this in your mind. What
kind of a boob-tubed idiot are you that
you can’t believe God and understand what you’re
has done for you?
That if you do
publicly now it’s
become significant to you.
And I read an article
yesterday, one who was decrying the Doctor Louis
Barry Chaffer of Dallas Seminary for the fact that Dallas men
known for inviting revival, evangelists and revivalists in for a series
meetings. And this well-known authority apparently
fact that Dallas Seminary people usually know enough doctrine and
enough that this is the thing to give people that the result is the
God are out there doing the job of the ministry. Dr. Chaffer,
True Evangelism has the remark that revival is abnormal. You
heard-you should’ve read-the articles that came out in furor
when it was discovered.
What he meant was that
if people of God understand their position in
Christ and they understand the technique of confession of sin,
be in such a spiritual plane with God that they’ll be fully
operating in their priesthood. And you won’t have
up with these devices and gimmicks.
evangelist years ago was in the church of Dallas.
Our boys’ band was invited to play, and so
Williams may have
been along, I don’t know-by the way, that was Mrs. Chan
the choir this
morning. But Dennis may have been in that group, I
we went to this very large church in Dallas
and after the boys got through playing, we all sat on the first two row
was on the end. And this evangelist got up, and after he
up a little bit with a few stories about mother and her candle in the
he said “how many of you
here? I want you to stand up!” And I was
out of the corner of my eye, I could see 15 heads go snap toward me.
Because they hadn’t been briefed on this, but they
was wrong. And we just sat there.
was he encouraged! He thought “hot dog,
I’ve got two rows of them down here in front to go to work
they are, playing in the church band too! No wonder they
don’t know all
Work in You
not how God works.
God does not
invite you to come up with all your
little devices and yet,
if you don’t have doctrine being taught, what on earth is a
preacher going to
How is he going
to prove to you that
he’s worth his salary? How’s
he going to
prove it, except that he gets people to do something outside so that
get a little emotional kick regularly to prove that he’s
He plays the
numbers racket to
prove that he’s accomplishing God’s work on the
that statistics that
he can share with you.
you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you
don’t need any of that. Because,
happy to tell you, there’s a very dramatic verse that lays it
shoulders and takes it completely off of yours, no matter how far you
2 Timothy 2:13
says “if we
believe not, yet he abideth faithful, he cannot deny himself.” If
you believe not, yet he abideth faithful,
even become an atheist, and you’ll still be saved.
is not to say that God does not discipline. This
is not to say that any Christian who’s
out of that inner circle is not coming under the increasing barrage of
attention and pressures to bring him back in. Because
that’s exactly what he will do.
Himself put you there, and he keeps you there. So
the godly Christian doesn’t have one bit
more standing with God than the ungodly Christian does when it comes to
There is no
distinction; you under the grace of God. So
be careful when you stand up and you brag how
much you have done for
God and how mightily God has used you. Because
Christians are going to go out, and
they’re going to compliment
They do that in
morning, every Sunday morning, Sunday evening to the pastor. They
tell the pastor what a great sermon it
was, and if he’s not careful, he gets to start believing it. You
may impress people, but I guarantee you,
you will not impress God.
the Righteousness of Jesus Christ
So one of
the great things we have is eternal life. The
other things we receive when we are
united to Christ is imputed righteousness. The
imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. All
of our righteousness, as Isaiah 64:6
says, is filthy rags.
We have no assets
with which to pay God.
We begin life in
debt to him, behold to God.
Corinthians 5:21 tells us that we receive His righteousness in place of
hath made Him who knew
sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in
sacrifice of Jesus
Christ, our debt was wiped clean. So
not only forgave, but He added all of His divine assets when He gave
righteousness of Jesus Christ.
permanently in the black.
Christ gives you this position.
don’t confuse this with experiential
Just because you
righteousness of Christ, again, doesn’t mean that you will
This comes from
we’re going to go
in pretty deeply in the very near future. Just
briefly to remind you that while Jesus Christ
before the cross,
while He was moving through life, all of the forces of Satan were
He was target. And
what John 16 means when it tells us that
the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment,
judgment of the Prince-that Satan has been judged, so the prince of the
of the air has been judged-is that the engagement between Christ and
the cross was victorious.
Now, He is no
longer the target.
Guess who is the
target of every bit of Satan’s activity? You. And
this is what
talking about this morning in basic doctrinal ideas.
given you a way to prepare yourself to grow in
spiritual structure of maturity, that you can defend yourself against
roaring lion, that his fiery darts will not affect you.
you will not be borne into this. You
start off in the Christian life brand new
and uninformed and a weakling.
have great potential, and it is only as you enter into the Word of God
doctrinal understanding that you begin to find within you things are
inclinations change, your desires change, and you are motivated in a
is compatible with God’s plan for your life.
is a whole study in itself, that we’re going to
get into, because some of you sitting here this morning have very
very weak internal spiritual structures. And
you are bored to death, you are constantly
plaguing yourself with
what you are not and what you should be, you are constantly struggling
something and you have not yet entered that real of real satisfaction,
and happiness, and exhilaration which is the life that is
those who know God and are in His family.
Protection of Our Union with Christ
with Jesus Christ?
It protects every
going to be a
white throne judgment, Revelation 20:11-15 tells us.
the basis on which all unbelievers are
going to be judged for their good works, which will not be enough. So
Romans 8:1 comforts us with the statement
that we who are in the position of in Christ can never come into a
now, therefore, no
them who are in Christ Jesus.
don’t come up to me after the service and say
you didn’t read the rest of that verse, because the rest of
verse does not
belong in there.
It was picked up
from the fourth verse and
stuck up there by some scribe, because it doesn’t depend how
the flesh or after the Spirit, as to whether there’s no
You can never
judgment for your
Why not? Because
you’re so good, because you’re
No, because you
are in Christ.
with Jesus Christ also has an effect on election
and on predestination.
“Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us with
all spiritual blessings and heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Everyone
has full spiritual prosperity in
The father chose
us to be
“according to as he
chosen us in Him before that foundation of the world, that we should be
and without blame before Him in love. “ For
some reason, the Father chose you and me for
eternal life long
before the world was created.
says “having predestinated us.” God
predetermined us to a certain destiny, and that is the adoption of sons
Christ Jesus to Himself.
And you remember
that the word “adoption” refers to the full adult
privileges of the family of
Responsibility of All Christians
I have to
remind you that on the human realm, our children
grow up and we tolerate certain things from them. We
say, “Well, they’re little kids. It’s
a little boy, it’s a little girl.” But
I want to remind you that in the
Christian life, in reference to responsibility, there is no childhood
you’re born again,
before God with the responsibility of an adult son.
it takes some learning and some
development to know how to operate that responsibility, but
you’re not waiting
to receive anything more than what you have on the day of salvation.
place, union with Jesus Christ makes us a new
We have already
his does not mean you get some new habits. 2
Corinthians 5:17:“therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new
Old things are
and behold, all things are become new.” The
old things that have passed away are the old
things of the wall
Things that have
new is the reconciliation that is now ours. And
all of this is new because of what God does for
You are not a new
creature because you
decided to have a better behavior pattern; it’s the grace of
working and producing in us.
placed in Christ by God the Holy Spirit, so there is no credit to you,
everything that has followed is the result of your position. That’s
is man doing the work to get God’s approval so
God can bless him, trying to bribe God. And
it’s an agonizing system… And
it treats God with a witch doctor magic technique.
God doesn’t need or want our help. When
it comes to our eternal security, and
our salvation, He has provided it. It’s
very hard for many Christians to get used to this.
orientation is one of the hardest
things to achieve.
And we get
reactions to the fact that God can be the One who has made it all
is the security in the seventh place that union
with Christ provides.
As we read in
Romans 8:38-39, nothing can separate us from Him again.
you’ll die one day, and some of you are going to be
surprised to find yourselves in heaven, in spite of the fact that you
It takes a little
adjusted to the fact that that’s where we’re really
to be, and nobody can
take you from this.
many things with Christ: His eternal life, His
absolute righteousness, His election, His adoption, His sonship, His
His priesthood, His eternal kingdom-all because the Holy Spirit
and Fellowship with God
let’s get back to where we started. How
can this little diagram work?
confession of sin brings me back into my
relationship of fellowship with God? Because
you never left union with Him, simply. Now,
you get out there in the carnal area,
and you’re operating on human viewpoint, you’re
you’re still saved.
you’ve left is your temporal
with God, not your eternal fellowship. That’s
why 1 John 1:9 says “if we
confess our sins”-and that “if” is the
third class condition in Greek, which means maybe you will, maybe you
(it’s up to your volition to decide).
As many as
confess have a forgiveness.
“confess” again remember is
“homolegeo”, and that means to cite, to name the
wouldn’t confess it if you
didn’t see it
as sin, and how you feel about it is not the issue.
issue is that 1 John 1:9 says God is
faithful because He will do it every time, He’ll forgive
time- and He is
just because He does this on the basis of the death of Christ. And
He cleanses us from all unrighteousness,
which means that He covers the unknown sins. All
of this based upon the fact of our union with
John E. Danish, 1971
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