Tuesday, August 22, 2017

THE POWER TO FORGIVE SINS


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1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


This Bible verse has met with a lot of denial amongst certain who want to be able to go on sinning without inhibition, for there is no other reason why anyone will deny this simple and lucid passage.

One of the elements of denial is that THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE where believers are told to confess their sins.

That is a falsehood.

James 5:16 CATEGORICALLY states that we should confess our trespasses to one another.

Now some say that it is not the same thing as confessing one's sins before GOD.

Well, IT IS!

How so?

1. While Jesus walked the earth, the power of God to forgive sins was exercised by the Father through the Son.

Mark 2:10
But THAT YOU MAY KNOW THAT THE SON OF MAN HAS POWER ON EARTH TO FORGIVE SINS"--He said to the paralytic.

2. Now, this POWER was DELEGATED to the CHURCH by the Lord Jesus.

John 20:21
So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! AS THE FATHER HAS SENT ME, I ALSO SEND YOU."

John 20:23
IF YOU FORGIVE THE SINS OF ANY, THEY ARE FORGIVEN THEM; IF YOU RETAIN THE SINS OF ANY, THEY ARE RETAINED."

This means that an erring brother in the church, who is living in sin or has committed a known sin, can be unrepentant and forfeit God's forgiveness or can be repentant and receive God's forgiveness.

Again, let's see how Christ delegates this authorit.

Matthew 18:15
Moreover, IF YOUR BROTHER SINS against you, go and TELL HIM HIS FAULT BETWEEN YOU AND HIM alone. IF HE HEARS YOU, you have gained your brother.
But IF HE WILL NOT HEAR, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.'
And IF HE REFUSES TO HEAR THEM, tell it to the CHURCH. But IF HE REFUSES EVEN TO HEAR THE CHURCH, let him be to you like a HEATHEN and a TAX COLLECTOR.
ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU, WHATEVER YOU BIND on earth will be bound in heaven, and WHATEVER YOU LOOSE on earth will be loosed in heaven.
To be continued.
-Dr. Ebele UzorPeters

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