" True Confessions "
Intro: The focus of Johnís Epistle is on fellowship w/ God ! Real life is about knowing God / walking in fellowship w/ God
1) Seen in Where we walk / How we love / & What we believe
This morning we are going to continue looking at this theme of where we walk as we see that the person who knows God not only walks in the Light A) But he also walks in Reality: To put it another way he has a proper view of Himself ! A TRUE CONFESSION v.8,10 again
1) Sin = to miss the mark - archers - miss the bulls eye - perfection
Now as we look at V.8& 10 at 1st glance it is hard to believe that any person in his right mind would claim either of these things
B) Yet both of these ideas are actually very popular in our society, they may not be expressed exactly this way but there are those who are saying the same thing !
1st way very popular -also oldest way : Some say they have no sin by making excuses for their sin ! ( been going on since the beginning of mans History!
F)When I got there I walked up to the desk showed them my ticket explained it was late & said I gave it to my wife to mail & she forgot to send it in
Oh how we like to make excuses for our sin / Popular in court cases today
Perhaps you remember the story of the San Francisco city supervisor claimed he murdered a fellow supervisor and Mayor George Moscone because too much junk food-especially Hostess Twinkies-made him act irrationally. Thus the famous "Twinkie" defense was born. "The jury bought the line and produced a verdict of voluntary manslaughter rather than murder."' They ruled that the junk food resulted in "diminished mental capacity," which mitigated the killer's guilt. He was out of prison before the mayor's next term would have been complete. -
In two separate cases in England: a barmaid who stabbed another woman to death in a barroom brawl, and a woman who angrily drove her car into her lover were both acquitted of murder claiming that a heavy case of (PMS) caused them to act in ways they could not control. Both received therapy rather than punishment.'
Sad what is taking place court rooms today ! Excuses / Sad the excuses people are making today for their sin!
B) Every man is going to have to answer for his own sin ! Bible declares that the wages of sin is death ! Stand before the Lord - excuses are not going to fly -
This type of deception leads to another popular method of dealing w/ sin today - 2nd way not make excuses but Redefine it !
circles ( Radio Christian Psychologist - Sinner worst thing )
D)The American Psychiatric Association publishes a thick book to help therapists to diagnosis some of these new diseases.
∑ conduct Disorder - a persistent pattern of conduct in which the basic rights of others / norms or rules are violated.'
∑ Oppositional Defiant Disorder - "a pattern of negative hostile, and defiant behavior"
∑ Historic Personality Disorder - 'a pervasive pattern of excessive emotional behavior & and attention-seeking."
Read aboutA FBI agent was fired after he embezzled two thousand dollars then gambled it away in a single afternoon at a casino. Later he sued arguing that his gambling addiction was a disability, so his firing was an act of illegal discrimination. He won the case!
Moreover, the therapy he was ordered to under go for the gambling addiction had to be funded under his health-care insurance, just as if he had been suffering appendicitis or an ingrown toenail
A) Listen it is a lot easier to say I am sick than I am a sinner / But redefining my sin is only like sweeping dirt under the carpet / attempt to hide it
C) Guilt has become the " G " word - not supposed to ever feel guilty !
But really we feel guilty because we are guilty
Again the Person who seeks to say I have no sin - by seeking to redefine his/ her sin ! John says you are deceived truth is not in you
3rd way people try do deal w/ sin is by seeking to ignore it
Result they had become very wealthy -
The day of the funeral came - place was packed people wanted to see what this pastor was going to say about this guy !
1) Whom it says He was tempted in all ways as we are yet w/ out sin !
HE IS THE STANDARD ! COMPARED HIM I FAIL miserably
Drunkenness they say I havenít done those things / Iím ok
Dd) Usually very self righteous people / who donít see their own sin because they are so focused on the sins of others !
D) Jesus made it real clear in Matt.5 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.
"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.'
28 "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Person who seeks to ignore His sin / is not only deceived but even more serious because John says in v. 10 You make God a liar
You have been weighed in the balances & found wanting
D)So does that mean we are all doomed ! Since all sinned / all fallen short
since wages of sin is death ?
4th Response we see here in our passage : V.9 Confess
to call it what it is /
Now when I confess it - He is faithful & Just to forgive me & Cleanse me Ö
God has the ability to chose to put something out of our memory !
C) Puts it as far as the east is from the west ! ( So glad didnít say N. to So.)
Cc) Peter how much forgive 7 times ? 7x70 / 490? No limit to godís forgiveness
1) Let me give you a mental picture
Have you on the Lord believed? Still thereís more to follow.
Of His grace have you received? Still thereís more to follow.
Oh, the grace the Father shows, still thereís more to follow.
Freely He His grace bestows; still thereís more to follow.
More and more and more and more. Always more to follow.
Oh, His matchless, boundless love, still thereís more to follow.
Underneath his picture of Niagara Falls, Sam titled the picture with the appropriate words: "More to Follow!"
Does that mean we can just cruise / live however we want / because God is Gracious & merciful & I can always go running back to Him!
1) As I see sin the way God sees it I will not want any part of it !
Bb) 2nd Godís grace doesnít lead me to sin more/ but to love Him more
D) John says I am writing this to you so you may not sin
But then John says if anyone sins we have an advocate w/ the fatherÖ
Cc) Satan is the accuser of the brethren / when we fall he rushes in before the Lord says Look at him / her / demands the death penalty
1) He admits we are guilty: He says yes father true but look at me / my scars and on the basis of my shed blood - I paid for that sin in full
E) This is what is so radical we are totally guilty to be sent up the river but He paid the price in full !
Not only is Jesus our advocate but He is the Propitiation for our sins also the sins of the world !
Mercy Seat is same word here: propitiation = covering
1) Jesus propitiation / He is the mercy seat -by His blood my sins are covered
C) Because he is the propitiation for our sins, we can be forgiven when we sin and God will send our sins away from us.
A seventeen-year-old was arrested for reckless driving in a rural community. As he was brought into court, he was relieved to see that his father was the presiding judge. An hour later, the judge rendered his decision. 'Your reckless driving,' he said, 'has endangered the people of our community. Consequently, justice must be served, which will cost you $ 1, 000, or one year in jail.'
The bailiff approached, ready to take the boy to jail when the judge stood up, took off his robe, and left the bench to stand by his son. 'Behind the bench,' he said, 'I was your judge. But here beside you, I stand as your father,' as he took a checkbook from his pocket and paid the boy's fine.
That's precisely what the Lord did for us when He left the bench of heaven to come to earth as the Babe of Bethlehem - to write the check of redemption, to pay the price of propitiation. Covered our debt
Now, if the young man in the illustration, following his dad's offer to pay his fine said, 'Get out of here, Dad. Why did you have to pronounce such harsh judgment in the first place?
I'd rather take my chances in jail than to accept charity from you,' no one would feel sorry for him: no one would shed a tear on his behalf.
So too, no tears will be shed for those who fail to take a hold of the gift God gave in His Son
over His shed blood !