Text: “He/she that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Happy is the man (woman) that feareth always: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.”
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth (cleanses, and continues to cleanse) us from ALL sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins (to God alone!), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.”
1 John 1:7-10.
sin-prone Christian! Yes YOU, my friend, and ME! Every man/woman born of the God-Created Adam
and Eve – after their great FALL into sin in Eden’s Garden – are born sin-prone
creatures, with a fallen nature that will always want to sin; and sad to say,
always shall sin against a thrice Holy Lord God Almighty. (Read Genesis Chapter 2)
the total loss of Adam & Eve in the Genesis of mankind’s Creation. They
were Created perfect, holy, impeccably good, by our Lord God the Creator - Who
does not Create imperfect things, but does all things well and perfect and good
– yet from that terrible time of disobedience to God, ALL mankind has been born
body, soul, and a DEAD SPIRIT.
day of our progenitor’s disobedient sin in Eden, sin’s curse has blighted us
with a dead spirit! What was Created in
Adam Supernaturally, became merely natural – and all humankind born of woman
are born sin-prone ever since.
Note: We do not become sinners when we commit our first sin –
we commit our first sin because we are natural born sinners! Sin comes naturally to a fallen creature.
(look closely, examine, and fully understand!), I was shapen in iniquity; and
in sin did my mother conceive me.”
is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut
down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not…Who can bring a clean
thing out of an unclean? NOT ONE.” (Job
are born of woman under God’s Curse for sin; with a fallen human nature that is
always bent/prone to commit sin against God and our fellowman. Fact.
This is WHY the Lord Jesus teaches us, “Ye MUST be born again.” (John 3:3-8)
We must be
‘quickened’ by God the Holy Spirit, from a dead spirit - the fruit of God’s
Curse in Eden – to be a spirit that is alive again and able to communicate with
our Holy and Heavenly Father God. (Genesis 2:17
hath He (God the Spirit) quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;…Even
when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye
are saved).” (Ephesians 2:1;5)
“When God came to man to convert him, he found him a DEAD
man.” (John Bunyan, 1628-1688)
quickened soul yields to Christ in full repentance from sin to fully follow the
Lord Jesus, he/she is born again, made a member of God’s family – the church,
the Body of Christ – and the process of Christian conversion commences. That quickened soul is commanded to ‘…grow
in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ We are commanded to do so, that we might be
‘…transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (2 Peter 3:18) (Romans 12:1-2)
To be a genuine Christian, one must be actively seeking to
become more like Christ, and less like oneself, daily.
that has been Spiritually quickened and Spiritually regenerated to life in
Christ, immediately becomes very aware of personal failings, weaknesses,
faults, and the presence of continual SIN.
We do so because God the Holy Spirit takes up residence within us, and
is grieved by the very presence of our natural tendency to sin. The Spiritual Battle begins.
Verse 3. “Iniquities
prevail against me. This is the immediate
cry of a newly regenerated heart, we become appalled at the gross nature of our
tendency to sin, and yearn for a greater power against all sin and temptations
to sin against our Holy Lord God. His
grace is applied in all-sufficiency.
Praise His Name! (2 Corinthians
Verse 3. “Iniquities
prevail against me. Our sins would, but for
grace, prevail against us in the court of Divine justice, in the court of
conscience, and in the battle of life.
Unhappy is the man who despises these enemies, and worse still is he who
counts them his friends who slander and accuse him.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 280)
Verse 3. “…As for our
transgressions, Thou shalt purge them away. What a comfort that
iniquities that prevail against us do not prevail against God! They would keep us away from God, but He
sweeps them away from before Himself and us.
It is worthy of note that as the priest washed in the laver before he
sacrificed, so David leads us to obtain purification from sin before we enter
upon the service of song. When we have
washed our robes and made them white in His Blood, then shall we acceptably sing,
‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.’” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page
after we become born again Christians, causes a separation between us redeemed
sinners, and a Thrice Holy Lord God.
This separation is powerfully felt by the believer, and his/her prayers
and fellowship with God are hindered until sin is confessed and forsaken.
iniquities (sins) have separated between you and your God and your sins have
hid His face from you, that He will not hear.”
sinned against our Holy God alone, for He alone is Holy, it is to Him alone we
must humbly go in order to confess our sins and to be sanctified afresh in our
daily State. We must, as the Puritans
frequently taught, ‘keep short accounts of our sin with the Lord.’; we must
confess our sins, have our sins forgiven; forsake our sins, and be cleansed
anew, before we can offer worship and praise and service to a Lord God of
Verse 4. “Blessed is
the man whom Thou choosest, and causest to approach unto Thee. Christ, Whom God chose, and of Whom He said, ‘This is My
beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased,’ is indeed ‘over all, God blessed
forever’ but in Him His elect are blessed too.”
(From ‘A plain Commentary on the Book of Psalms)
Thought: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of
grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) Away sin, away!