Wednesday, November 13, 2013

God is Faithful - 1 John 1:8-10

v.8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

What is sin? Sin is when we do what we know we are not supposed to do in the eyes of God. What causes us to sin?  I John 2:16 tells us that it is the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Someone once said that the lust of the flesh is the consuming desire to do. The lust of the eyes is a compelling urge to have.  The pride of life is a constant thrust to be. 

The bottom line is that sin is ultimately caused by our desires. James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. It has been said, “God will lower the gate of warning, sound the bell, flash the red light, but He will not keep you from crossing the tracks!”

God is Faithful
v.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

But God is always faithful to forgive us, if we will only ask Him to do so. It doesn’t matter what type of sin you commit, God will still forgive you if you ask Him to with a sincere heart. Of course, the consequences will remain, but God will forgive. 

I find great comfort in versus like 2 Tim 2:11-13 which says, It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  (12)  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  (13)  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 

How does a worm get inside an apple? Perhaps you think the worm burrows in from the outside. No, scientists have discovered that the worm comes from inside. But how does he get in there? Simple! An insect lays an egg in the apple blossom. Sometime later, the worm hatches in the heart of the apple, then eats his way out. Sin, like the worm, begins in the heart and works out through a person's thoughts, words, and actions.

All Have Sinned
v.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 

Paul wrote in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. This means that no one can be saved until they admit that they are a sinner, period (i.e., no man can be found until they admit that they are lost).

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