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I John 1:5-10

Some years ago I was asked to teach a class at the Baptist church in Monument, NM.

A statement that I have heard several times from some of my brethren in reference to committing a sin is, “If you commit a sin…in order to be forgiven of that sin you must confess that sin as soon as you can. If you are out in public when you commit the sin, then as soon as you can get home you need to pray to God and confess that sin…and then He will forgive you?

Are these ideas true?

The answer to these questions is found in these 6 verses so let’s go through them. Look at verse 5:

Now, some of these said that “Since man was made of flesh…and since all flesh is evil…there is no way that a Holy God could have anything to do with man.

But then, some of these Gnostics, like the Libertines, were saying that what you did in the flesh had no bearing on the spiritual…so they could live an immoral, ungodly, pagan life and still have fellowship with God.

5 And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

First of all, “God is light”…this refers to God’s moral quality.

Now, verse 6: If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;

To say that there is fellowship is to say that God doesn’t care about sin.

Now, I want you to notice the word “walk”…”and yet walk in darkness.”

What we are talking about here refers to a certain lifestyle.

Now, look at verse 7: …but (here is a contrast to the man in verse 6) if we walk(lifestyle) in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another(God, the apostles, and fellow Christians), and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

This verse sets the standard by which we are to walk.

Now, does this mean that your walk will have no sin in it?

Oh no! What do we do?

Well, look at the end of verse 7.

…we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Now, the word “cleanses”…that is present tense…which means it is continuous action.

When you were baptized into Christ the blood of Jesus washed away all of your sins.

Do you need to be baptized again?

When you sin fellowship with God is not broken.

Now, verse 8:  If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Now, verse 9; it is from this verse that we get the idea that we must confess our sins in order to be forgiven.

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Let me ask you this…who do we confess our sin to? Brothers? God?

That word “confess” is the Greek word “homologeo.”

What this word is talking about here is to say the same thing about yourself that God already knows about you…”God I am a sinner…and God says, “I know that.”

But the Gnostic doesn’t acknowledge that he is a sinner.

This passage is not talking about having to confess each and every sin for fear of losing fellowship.

Now, verse 10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

If you are walking in the light…that is the direction…the progression…the destination of your walk…when you sin…and you will…you do not need to be baptized again.

What if you change the direction of your walk…start walking in darkness?

And brethren, you do not have to confess your every sin like some teach and practice.