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.
Good morning, 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)
Such was 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.
From the 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.
“Behold (look closely, examine, and fully understand!), I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51:5)
“Man that 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 14:1-4)
All mankind 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
“And you 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)
When the 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.
The soul 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 12:7-10)
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 281)
Sin, even 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.
“But your iniquities (sins) have separated between you and your God and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)
Having 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 absolute Holiness.
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!