There are some who at times endeavour to excuse sin. This should not be. When Adam and Eve sinned they made a choice. We are free moral agents with the right of choice –we may chose right or me may choose wrong.
1. To be forgiven what is necessary?
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
2. To whom is sin to be confessed?
“I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah” Psalm 32:5
NOTE: Sins of a private or personal nature should be confessed to God in Christ’s name. Christ is the mediator between God and Man. “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1,last part. All sin is against God and should be confessed openly, and when a is wrong is done to a person, that wrong should be made right with the person offended.
3. What must accompany a true confession of sin?
“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13.
NOTE: When the Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptised of John he told them to “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.” Matthew 3:8
4. Whom did Jesus call to repentance?
“For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”Matthew 9:13, last part.
5. What leads a person to repentance?
“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4
6. What is God’s attitude towards the repentance of people?
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9. It appears that repentance and the acknowledging of truth go together (2 Timothy2:25). Read 2 Corinthians 6:2.
7. What accompanies repentance?
Paul says, “You were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance….For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation.” 2 Corinthians 7:9, 10.
NOTE: The original word for repentance here denotes a change of mind and produces a change of life. The godly sorrow leads to repentance and separation from sin and a firm determination to resist by God’s grace the temptation which led to sin in the first place.
8. Did Judas repent of his sin?
“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” Matthew 27:3, 4
NOTE: The word here only denotes a change of feeling. Judas had a desire that what had been done should be undone. He confessed his sin to his partners rather than to God. His was a sorrow that “works death”(2 Corinthians 7:10)
9. Did Esau ever repent of his sin?
“Lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.” Hebrews 12:16, 17
NOTE: Esau never repented of his sin. He regretted having sold the birthright. By his own choice his character was bent and he found no way toregain the birthright he had despised.
10. What will result in truerepentance?
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, sothat times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”Acts 3:19
NOTE: Aperson cannot be pardoned who continues unrepentant. If the personhas committed the unpardonable sin this has come about throughcontinued resistance to God so that the heart is hardened and thereis no longer any response to God’s voice. But if one is sorry forhis sins and desires to repent and confess them, this fact isevidence that the Holy Spirit is still appealing to his heart.
As aresult of genuine repentance there is joy in heaven (Luke 15:7, 10). When the dying thief confessed his sins and repented Jesus gave himthe assurance of salvation (Luke 23:43). When Zachaeus confessed hissins and repented Jesus said, “Today salvation has come tothis house.” Luke 19:9.