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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
View Wesley's Notes for 1 John 1:9
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.
View People's Bible Notes for 1 John 1:9
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".
Dan's comment on 2013-05-10 05:08:11:
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 22:45:17:
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 03:24:04:
It is the verse that delivered me from the spirit of condemnation. Thanks be to God.
sandra's comment on 2013-01-04 22:43:58:
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 15:53:25:
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 14:30:49:
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 04:21:31:
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 23:37:36:
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 07:34:42:
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 11:22:25:
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 05:35:22:
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.
richard cook's comment on 2010-12-04 06:08:44:
With God being perfect and can not change and being full of mercy and goodness where he is no respector of any man and He rains on the just and the unjust what makes us different is we trust in Jesus who died for all who will confess there sin and He is our justification for eternal life with Him. God can not lie this is His promise to us who believes and trust in Christ.
breia's comment on 2010-05-17 18:28:55:
it is the truth my salvation through Jesus Christ
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