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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
1:9 But if with a penitent and believing heart, we confess our sins, he is faithful - Because he had promised this blessing, by the unanimous voice of all his prophets. Just - Surely then he will punish: no; for this very reason he will pardon. This may seem strange; but upon the evangelical principle of atonement and redemption, it is undoubtedly true; because, when the debt is paid, or the purchase made, it is the part of equity to cancel the bond, and consign over the purchased possession. Both to forgive us our sins - To take away all the guilt of them. And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness - To purify our souls from every kind and every degree of it.
1Jo 1:9 If we confess our sins. Instead of affirming that we are sinless we should confess our sins. He is faithful and just. If we confess our sins the Lord will be "faithful" to his promise of mercy, and "just" in requiring us to have the atonement of Christ, "to forgive us our sins".
Michael's comment on 2014-02-24 07:37:04:
Arthur 12 3 13 is absolutely correct I too believe 1 Jn 1 is NOT written for the benefit of believers The Gnostics were unbelievers among the believers and needed to hear TRUTH about their sin s Either Christ died for all sin for all time or He did not If we still have to make effort to receive forgiveness as the Old Testament people Jews did as the Apostle Paul also states Christ s death was in vain My salvation is simply Him living His life in and through me and when I seek to do my will I say Thank you for having already forgiven me and for having cleansed me from unrighteousness I am continuing to understand Your deep love for me and I am so very grateful for Your love He desires for me to be conscious of HIM and HIS life and love for all others not a sin consciousness which would keep my focus on sin It is very freeing for my mind He truly lives and is truly madly in love with each of us
Simon P. Sanchez's comment on 2014-01-14 15:32:40:
This scripture, hits the nial right on the , " HEAD ", when, it comes to the story of my life, and most of all, because it does, involve, the most inportant, person here on earth, which everyone knows it Precious.
Arthurs Comment's comment on 2013-12-03 01:45:47:
1 John 1:9 was written to Gnostics teachers who had infiltrated their ranks and John was addressing them. It was not written to believers.
Consider this: In the old testament, the Hebrews confess their sins to have their sins covered for one full year under the old covenant when, under the New Covenant, many christians confess their sins daily? is not the blood of Jesus better than that of bulls and goats?
If confessing is vital to forgiveness why did not Paul, the man that God used to write thirteen different epistles, mention anything at all about confessing sins in any of them?
When you accepted The Lord Jesus Christ you were translated from darkness into the light and all your sins have been forgiven past, present and future. Alleluia thank you Jesus!!!
LEIGH's comment on 2013-11-20 10:13:05:
YES SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST IS OUR ONLY HOPE .. CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY... NO YE NOT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN BOUGHT WITH A PRICE .. . For the most part most of religion dose not understand that the scripture is alive today as much as it was in the early rain church ...Jesus is not dead ... Read First john ... and understand that The Gospel of salvation is just as alive today as it ws then ... and all scripture is given unto us to bring us UNTO .. salvation..
Sarah's comment on 2013-10-24 23:33:27:
If we truly have the conviction that we have sinned whether unbelief or behavioural we should tell God by confessing it to him which fulfills the purpose of his son Jesus then he promises that he is faithful and just to forgive us. I believe that your confession has to be felt for you to trully receive his forgiveness! This really brings so much joy. Halleluyah!
Deborah Smith's comment on 2013-10-19 08:49:47:
i think all should shape up and fly right. in other words, get your heart right with JESUS.. come clean with GOD.. he is waiting for us all...
Kimutai Ngeno's comment on 2013-08-17 23:09:44:
confession of our sins is what set our hearts free, we ought to confess our wickedness in order to be justified.
Charbel Z's comment on 2013-07-18 17:16:44:
This is my first time to write on any website or comment though I chose to do it now for I believe confession is not a statement of our sin , but it is a confession to Jesus that we love him and by his love we shall have forgiveness
Rob's comment on 2013-06-26 17:17:10:
Gods word is powerful I consider myself very lucky to have felt the salvation of Christ Jesus!
Dan's comment on 2013-05-10 04:08:11:
Are we to confess our sins simply by talking to God privately in prayer or rather, by confessing to a priest of God?
I believe that, confession in this context means both. Glory be to God for His Grace.
Jovy's comment on 2013-03-18 21:45:17:
This verse promises me/us that if we would be true to ourselves by acknowledging that we fall short of the glory of God, He is faithful to cleanse and free us from the bondage of sin. God wants to fulfil His promise, but not until we made our hearts right with God, that is to redeem us from eternal separation from Him.
Femi Ajakaye's comment on 2013-01-08 02:24:04:
It is the verse that delivered me from the spirit of condemnation. Thanks be to God.
Sandra's comment on 2013-01-04 21:43:58:
Of the promises of the Bible, this is one of my favorite that if we believe and confess our sins, He is true and just to forgive, because by receiving this gift, we are no less better than Jesus Christ to be able to forgive our debtors.
Nui O\'Malley's comment on 2012-09-08 14:53:25:
I love this verse it is our Christians bar of soap, now matter how dirty we get he is there too clean us. Our God is an awesome God.
Darrel Sharp's comment on 2012-08-09 13:30:49:
1 John 1:9
I have found that my knowledge of the English language has hindered my understanding of Scripture. When I look and the word sin and sins in the New Testament, I find very little difference. But Scripture does distinguish between the two.(English language DOES NOT)
When this verse is viewed in this light, one can find a different meaning.
In over 95% (my opinion) of the NT the word ‘sin refers to un-belief, not behavior.
(This thinking is out of Watchman Nee)
SheltonG's comment on 2012-07-16 03:21:31:
1John chapter 1 as well as the whole book is written to the church. The epistles of John are letters writtento the church. All epistles were letters written the church to admonish. Church folks on their wreckless lifestyle.
Charlie's comment on 2011-10-26 22:37:36:
I think 1st John 1:9 was written to non believers and is a salvation message. Then 1st John 2nd chapter is for believers
Thulani's comment on 2011-09-23 06:34:42:
that true every believer of the bible must says what the bible says when it's stop that where you must stop also do u believer that .
Moses's comment on 2011-07-09 10:22:25:
I Love my Daddy(Father, Jesus, Holy spirit) - Who forgave all my sin once for all and i am completely free............
W G F's comment on 2011-03-23 04:35:22:
The word if sets the condition for us to receive forgiveness not for God's faithfulness or justice. God is faithful and God is just. Whether we confess our sins or not. Those who choose to confess should know that they are forgiven, thus redeemed by the blood of Christ by grace through faith in His name. Those who do not believe by grace through faith in His name are not forgiven and therefore are condemned to eternal punishment. When we confess our sins do not simply mean to acknowledge that we have sinned but to repent of our sins. Confession is good for the soul. Thus, our conscience is pure before God because His word purifies us and the blood of Christ justifies our right standing with God.
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