instruction is given concerning confession of
to the Israelites: When a man or woman
wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to
the Lord, that person is guilty and must
confess the sin he has committed. He must
make full restitution for his wrong, add one
fifth to it and give it to all to the person he
has wronged. Numbers 5:6,7.
futile is it to attempt to hide sin from God?
if you fail to do this, you will be sinning
against the Lord; and you may be sure that
your sin will find you out. Numbers
32:23. You have set our iniquities before
you, our secret sins in the light of your
presence. Psalm 90:8. Nothing in all
creation is hidden from Gods sight.
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the
eyes of whom we must give account. Hebrews
promise is made to those who confess their sins?
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins and purify us
from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.
different results attend the covering and the
confessing of sins?
who conceals his sins does not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them finds
mercy. Proverbs 28:13.
Definite in Confession
definite should we be in confessing our sins?
anyone is guilty in any of these ways, he must
confess in what way he has sinned and, as a
penalty for the sin committed, he must bring to
the Lord a female lamb or goat from the flock as
a sin offering; and the priest will make
atonement for him for the sin.
True confession is always of a
specific character, and acknowledges particular
sins. They may be of such nature as to be brought
before God only; they may be wrongs that should
be confessed to individuals who have suffered
injury through them; or they may be of a public
character, and then should be publicly confessed.
But all confession should be definite and to the
point, acknowledging the very sins of which you
to Christ, p. 43.
fully did Israel once acknowledge their
people all said to Samuel. Pray to the Lord
your God for your servants so that we will not
die, for we have added to all are other sins
the evil of asking for a king.
David confessed his sin, what did he say God did?
I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up
my iniquity. I said, I confess my
transgression to the Lord and you
forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm
Delight in Forgiving
is God ready to do for all who seek for
are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding
in love to all who call to you.
what did David rest his hope of forgiveness?
mercy on me, O God, according to your
unfailing love; according to your great
compassion blot out my transgressions.
is the measure of the greatness of Gods
as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is the love for those who fear
him. Psalm 103.11.
fully does the Lord pardon when one repents?
the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his
thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will
have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will
freely pardon. Isaiah 55:7.
reason is given for Gods readiness to
is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives
transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever but delight to
show mercy. Micah 7:18. (See Psalm
does God manifest such mercy and longsuffering
toward men who seem to be holding on to sin?
Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some
understand slowness. He is patient with you, not
wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to
come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9.
the prodigal son, in the parable, repented and
turned toward home, what did his father do?
So he got up and went to
his father. But while he was still a long
way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion
for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms
around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20.
did the father show joy at his sons return?
But the father said
to the servants, Quick! Bring the best
robe and put it on him. Put a ring on
his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the
fattened calf and kill it. Lets have a
feast and celebrate. For his son was dead and is
alive again; he was lost and is found. So
they began to celebrate. Verse 22-24.
is felt in heaven when a sinner repents?
In the same way, I
tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of
the angels of God over one sinner who
repents. Verse 10.
did Hezekiah say God had done with his sins?
it was for my benefit that I suffered such
anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of
destruction; you have put all my sins behind
your back. Isaiah 38:17.
completely does God wish to separate sin from us?
again have compassion on us; you will tread our
sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into
the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far he removed our transgressions from
us. Psalm 103: 12.
did the people respond to the preaching of John?
went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judah and
the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing
their sins, they were baptized by him in the
did some of the believers at Ephesus testify to
the sincerity of the confession of their sins?
of those who believed now came and openly
confessed their evil deeds. A number who had
practiced sorcery brought their scrolls
together and burned them publicly. When they
calculated the value of the scrolls, the total
came to fifty thousand drachmas.
what basis has Christ taught us to ask
Forgive our debts, as
we also forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12.
spirit must those cherish whom God forgives?
For if you forgive
men when they sin against you,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But
if you do not forgive men their sins, Your Father
will not forgive your sins. Verses 14, 15.
exhortation is based on the fact that God has
kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving
each other, just as in Christ God has forgave
you. Ephesians 4:32.
Blessed Giver and Receiver
whom are repentance and forgiveness granted?
God of our fathers raised Jesus from the
dead whom you had killed by hanging him on
a tree. God exalted him to his right hand as
Prince and Savior that he might give repentance
and forgiveness of sins to Israel. Acts
what condition will one be found whose sins are
is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose
sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin
the Lord does not count against him and in whose
spirit is no deceit.