Confession Without Repentance: Just Not Enough

15th February 2012 by Bill Davis
The Bible teaches that we must confess our sins. Leviticus 5:5b; “He must confess in what way he has sinned.” 1 John 1:9a; “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.” Too often people sin-confess; sin-confess. This really is not what asking for forgiveness is. Along with confessing our sins, we need repentance. Repentance can be seen in a form of restitution or trying to make things right. Numbers 5:7 Paraphrased; “Confess the sin committed and make full restitution for the wrong.” Jesus said: Mark 1:15; “Repent and believe in the gospel.” “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.” John the Baptist spoke of a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Confession is just that…confessing your sins. Repentance is changing. It is so shallow, and easy, to confess without repentance. The writer, probably Luke, of Acts tells us that at one time God overlooked our ignorance with regard to confession and repentance. But now: Acts 17:30b; “Now He commands all people everywhere to repent. For He has set a day when He will judge.” As Luke says; “Don’t be ignorant!” God is commanding all people to repent. He is also setting a day when He, God, will judge us. Who is going to judge us? God says it is the man He raised from the dead. I didn’t say that…God said that. You may get away with questioning me…but do not question God! Jesus is, once again, the great; I AM. If you can’t feel His power, if you don’t have that fire inside; step back and evaluate your Christian walk. A fire burning so hot and brightly that others can’t help but see it in you. 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 Selected; “I care very little if I am judged by you or man. It is the Lord God who judges me.”
Whose judgment are you worried about?
 
Bill Davis

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