Tuesday, June 11, 2013

He is faithful and just

My alarm clock is set to wake me up to KATB Christian Radio, and I was woke up to a message by the late preacher Adrian Rogers. What I heard was him quoting 1 John 1:9

1 John 1:9 KJV - [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

He then went on to break it down. I was so touched by it, it was a really encouraging start to the day. What an amazing verse.

He is faithful

If we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful to forgive them. Jesus is faithful. He won't freak out over how deep our sin is. He has seen it all. He will not decide we have somehow hit our sin limit for the day and pull the forgiveness offer off of the table. He won't forget. Jesus is not taking time off. Jesus forgives sin at 5:00 am, at 2:00 am, at high noon, at 9:00 pm. Jesus is available 365 days a year, and on leap year, too. Jesus is faithful! We might flake out on our friends and family, but Jesus will never flake out. Jesus is faithful.

He is just

And if it was not enough for Jesus to be faithful to forgive our sins, 1 John 1:9 tells us that Jesus is not only faithful, he is just to forgive our sins. Think about the meaning of that term "just". Think of "Justice", like that statue of the blindfolded lady holding the scales. Justice is based on the rule of law, not personal emotions. Justice is, or at least should be, meeted out to each man equally, with no favoritism. And, justice, true justice, must follow the law.

Now here is the beautiful part; Jesus is the law! If He said He will forgive us when we ask, He has chosen to make that commitment to us with the force of law. Not that He would ever turn away from us and somehow find Himself "forced" to obey His own promises, mind you. For our benefit alone, He tell us that His word is His bond, and if He says He will forgive our sins if we ask, it is as good as law. He said He will do it, therefore, He will do it.

He cleanses all our unrighteousness

He cleans us, too. If we confess our sins, He has promised to clean us from all unrighteousness. This takes care of any doubt as to how much or how bad of a sin He can forgive. You simply cannot shock Jesus with a sin He has not seen yet. He has forgiven worse than your worst. All unrighteousness. And what is unrighteousness? Sin. Unrighteousness is a fancy word for sin.

So just how much if is "if"?

You might think that since we can be forgiven for our sins by confessing them that it must therefore be okay to sin like crazy and clean up the mess afterwards with a "Jesus forgive me". Oh no. Read just a few verses before and check out 1 John 1:6

1 John 1:6 KJV - [6] If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

Jesus knows your heart. He knows your struggles. He knows your addiction. He can see somebody in bondage and wants to deliver you. But, if you want to stay in your sin, enjoy your sin, swim in it, walk in it, spend your life in it; you are fooling yourself.

Here is what the Book of Romans has to say about that:

Romans 6:1-2 KJV - [1] What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? [2] God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

You gotta choose who you will server

So do you want to walk in sin, or walk with Jesus?

Matthew 6:24a KJV - [24] No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other....

When all is said and done, you will find yourself standing among two distinct groups of people.

Matthew 25:31-34, 41 KJV - [31] When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: [32] And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: [33] And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. [34] Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: ... [41] Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Choose Jesus!

So what do I do?

Let's go back to 1 John 1:9 again.
1 John 1:9 KJV - [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This verse calls out to those who have never considered themselves to be a Christian. This verse calls out to those who consider themselves to be a once-Christian, and to those who consider themselves to be a lifelong Christian. Confess your sins! Start your walk today, right now. Have you never walked with Jesus before? Start now. Have you walked with Jesus and turned away? Start walking again now.

This is a walk. Walking isn't exciting but it gets you places. Start with a footstep. "Dear Jesus, I admit I am a sinner. I want to spend eternity with You, starting right now. You know my sins. Please forgive me for them and help me to not sin. I need You."

Start your walk today. Start walking now. Walk with Jesus. Confess your sins, and He will be faithful and just to forgive you of those sins, and He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Who else loves you that much?