Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-17
Psalm 32:1-5—if forgiveness is so great, shouldn’t we want it quickly?!
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Kept silence—about his sin. Waxed old—strength spent, decayed, physical tole over mental anguish over sin. Roaring—moaning, cry of distress. Thy Hand—God’s hand putting pressure on him, conviction. Acknowledge—recognize, admit, The iniquity of my sin—the guilt. Forgavest—lift, carry, bear take.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Have mercy—an admission of guilt. Blot out—as from a register, similar to not impute.
Wash me—purity as well as pardon, get rid of all filthy residue. Clear when thou judge—admits he deserves judgment. When God judges sin, it’s the sinner who looks bad, not God.
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Covereth—conceal, hide. God sees it anyway, won’t hide it from Him. Hardeneth heart—is insensible to sin, unrepentant.
Not confessing sin leads to hardness of heart and more sin.
1 John 1:8-10
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Have no sin—we are not acknowledging it. Deceive ourselves—we’re not deceiving God!
Confess—homologeo—say the same thing, admit the guilt that God says you have. Either you admit you’re a sinner or you don’t. If you don’t, you’re a liar!
Faithful—true to His word and character—He’s willing to forgive. Just—righteous, He found a just way to justify the ungodly thru the Gospel.
Word not in us—in no practical sense have we taken in God’s revelation. No faith.
1 John 2:1-4
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
That ye sin not—explaining Christian doctrine is not done so you can go sin! Advocate—paraclete, comforter, one who helps, aids, pleads your case.
Propitiation—sacrifice offered that deals with the sin of the sinner, changes the position of the sinner from judgment to mercy. God doesn’t change His mind about us; we are changed through what Christ did for us. Whole world—available for everyone if they would only take it, which only happens if they admit they need it.
Keep commandments—Love, this is how you know the Advocate, the one who propitiates.
2 Corinthians 7:8-10
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Godly manner—according to God, His work in convicting. Repentance—not regret, but moral change. Not repented of—a repentance that brings no regret, led to actual change.
Sorrow of the world—greief over consequences, punishment, not over the sin.
Worketh death—Leads to no moral change.