Is confession important for forgiveness based on 1 John 1:9?
This is what it says:
"If you confess your sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
--------1 John 1:9
- snapLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Yep!...we must admitt 3 things....
1. I am a sinner Romans 3:23 " All have sinned "
2. I am doomed to die Romans 6:23 " the wages of sin is death "
3. I cannot save myself John 15:5 " Without me ( JESUS ) ye can do nothing "
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Yes confessing your sins is important. But just remember, there is no scripture in the bible that states you must confess it to a priest. Confess it to God, he already knows that you have sinned, he's just waiting for you to confess so he can forgive you. It also shows that you know that you have done wrong in the sight of God, which shows spiritual growth, which means you will be able to bring forth more fruit.
- Will LLv 41 decade ago
The word confess here does not mean make a list of the things that you did wrong and share it with anyone. It means to come into agreement with God about the sin in your life or to acknowledge that you have been disobedient to the will of God. The verse in a closer translation to the original language would read more like this:
Come into agreement with God that you have disobeyed his will and he who never changes and always fulfills his promises and who will equate to you the fullness of his righteousness will no longer hold you accountable for sin and will work in your life to remove a moral defects.
What is is saying is that it is an ongoing process of when God reveals sin in your life come in agreement with him and he will always forgive you and accredit to your account his full righteousness and will work in your life to remove that defect of moral character. The next phrase in scripture reveals that if we do sin we are not left alone, but have a defense attorney to plead our case which is Jesus Christ.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The apostle Paul wrote, “To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” (Ephesians 1:6-8). This forgiveness is referring to salvation, in which God has taken our sins and removed them from us “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). This is the judicial forgiveness that God gives us upon receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. All our past, present, and future sins are forgiven on a judicial basis, meaning that we will not suffer eternal judgment for our sins. We still often suffer consequences of sin while we are here on earth, however, which brings us to the question at hand.
The difference between Ephesians 1:6-8 and 1 John 1:9 is that John is dealing with what we call “relational,” or “familial,” forgiveness—like that of a father and a son. For example, if a son does something wrong to his father—falling short of his expectations or rules—the son has hindered his fellowship with his father. He remains the son of his father, but the relationship suffers. Their fellowship will be hindered until the son admits to his father that he has done wrong. It works the same way with God; our fellowship with Him is hindered until we confess our sin. When we confess our sin to God, the fellowship is restored. This is relational forgiveness.
“Positional” forgiveness, or judicial forgiveness, is that which is obtained by every believer in Christ. In our position as members of the body of Christ, we have been forgiven of every sin we have ever committed or ever will commit. The price paid by Christ on the cross has satisfied God’s wrath against sin, and no further sacrifice or payment is necessary. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He meant it. Our positional forgiveness was obtained then and there.
Confession of sin will help to keep us from the discipline of the Lord. If we fail to confess sin, the discipline of the Lord is sure to come until we do confess it. As stated previously, our sins are forgiven at salvation (positional forgiveness), but our daily fellowship with God needs to stay in good standing (relational forgiveness). Proper fellowship with God cannot happen with unconfessed sin in our lives. Therefore, we need to confess our sins to God as soon as we are aware that we have sinned, in order to maintain close fellowship with God.
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- Christian SinnerLv 71 decade ago
Sure, if you are confessing to God. I think it's important for the life we are to have with God.
Yet those who just have to be legalistic, they are going to take that verse and ram it up everyone's rear end like a death sentence.
- Mama KateLv 61 decade ago
Yes and one could also argue that St.John 20:21 He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. 23 Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.
Is the full institution of the Sacrament of Confession.
Love and God bless you,
KateSource(s): drbo.org Pray the Rosary Catholics are Christians
- imrodLv 71 decade ago
If you take the statement to be true, then yes.