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December 18 - Evening

" If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we
have fellowship with one another, and the blood
of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
 If we
claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and
the truth is not in us.
 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify
us from all unrighteousness.
 If we claim we have
not sinned, we make him out to be a liar 
and his word is not in us.

- First John 1:7-10


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Confession of Sin    

In First John 1:7-10 the Apostle John writes about fellowship with the Lord, not about sonship. Sonship is based on being born again through faith in Jesus Christ. Fellowship is based on walking in the light as he is in the light. John focuses on maintaining this fellowship through obedience, or walking "in the light," and confession of our sins when we are not obedient, or "walk in the darkness."

Even as born again believers sin is a constant issue since we still deal with sin in our temporal lives even in as born again sons of God. And, everyone still is dealing with sin! John even says:

"If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us." - First John 1:10

So, the issue in these verses is NOT:

  1. Getting saved (born again);
  2. Losing salvation or losing sonship.

The issue that John is addressing concerns the believer who:

  1. is saved (born again);
  2. still has a sin nature (and, everyone does) in this mortal life;
  3. has learned the Truth of the Word of God;
  4. examines himself in the light of the Truth of the Word of God;
  5. finds himself committing some kind of sin which means he is living his Christian life in darkness and attempting to perform his Christian duties while in a state of broken fellowship with God the Father, who is his power source;
  6. confessing his sins so he can return to the Light and reestablish fellowship with God who is the Light, the Truth and the power to execute the Christian life
  7. receiving forgiveness and restoration to fellowship with the Light which then continues to reveal truth and empower the manifestation of the Spirit of God in the believer's life.

John says that if we continue to walk in the light the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us of our human sin. When we recognize sin in our lives we are to confess the sin to God then realize that God is "faithful" and "just" to forgive that sin and restore us to fellowship. God is "faithful" because he will forgive and restore the believer every time in agreement with the New Covenant based on Jesus' blood. God is "just" because forgiveness is the fair judicial response since Jesus has already paid for the sins of humanity. Our responsibility is to know the truth, live in the light of that truth and admit our sins when we have failed to live in the truth. Then we must know that God has restored us to fellowship with him, the truth, the light and the power of our salvation.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies."
- Tertullian




Something to Ponder??
The Plymouth Brethren (founded in 1820) church meetins are often unstructured with no distinctino between laity and clergy. Individuals who have recognized gifts miister, but have no authority over the congregation.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Pseudos (Gr) - Lying (Eng) - pseudos is Greek word that gives us the English word pseudo
which identifies something as false, a fraud or an fake imitation of originality such as a
pseudograph which is a false writing or a forgery. Pseudos means "a lie," "a conscious
and intentional falsehood," "whatever is not what it seems to be." In its ten appearances
in the GNT it is translated "false," "falsehood," "lie," and "lying."


An ostracon (pottery fragment with writing) found at Tel Qasile near Jaffa (Tel Aviv), Israel is inscribed with the Hebrew words that translate:

'Gold from Ophir for Beth-horon 30 Shekels' 

This supports 1 Kings 1:11-12 and 1 Chronicles 29:4 that says:

"Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir."


"three thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir) "

Josephus says that Ophir was associated with India. Interestingly, all the commodities listed in 1 Kings 10:11 and 22 are found in India, and 10:12 says it took three years to return to Israel.
Job mentions gold from Ophir in Job 22:24 and 28:16, as does Isaiah 13:12.

See details of the Gold of Ophir Ostracon here and here.
See image here.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
As a believer in Jesus Christ, do I confess my sins to God?
As a son of God has my fellowship been broken due to ignorance and sin?
I will often identify and confess my sin to God so that I can
return to the light to live a life of power and obedience in time.
  "A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
- Proverbs 18:24
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) First John 3 First Timothy 4-6
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
For desire to be productive Deacons and deaconesses President’s administration Vietnam -
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
(click on image for larger size) Details of the Church of the Nativity that honors the cave where it is traditionally believed that Jesus was born.
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