1st John 1:8 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.
I readily admit that I am a sinner, and that having repented My sins are forgiven.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (Vs 9)
So, this is how we acquire our own righteousness, through acknowledging our sin and repentance.
But to say that we do not sin is in itself a lie.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (Vs 10)
How is He made a liar, because of our lie?
Matthew 9:2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?
5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?
6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
7 And he arose and departed to his house.
Yahshua Christ spoke these words over This man who had been crippled because of His sin, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” He heals us by His power to cleanse us of our sin. and promises us that if we repent and turn to Him, we will be saved.
“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)
He tells us that this is how we enter life, to admit to our sin and to repent. Now, repent means to change direction, or turn to Him. We must come to Him desiring to change from our sinful ways. Here is where we make Him a liar, when we refuse to acknowledge our sin. For he knows our heart and our minds, and from His throne room He knows our intentions.
If He says we have sinned, we need to look for it, and repent of it, and change. There can be no argument with regard to this!
Here is where it pays to know and to meditate on the Commandments of YHWH God. For the definition of Sin is Lawlessness.
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. (1st John 3:4-6)
To know what sin is, is to know God’s ordinances!
So, here is a big problem. Many of us are calling on the name of Jesus / Yahshua, but don’t know even the basic Ten Commandments, much less the appointed times that God ordained as holy convocations, nor do we know what is clean or unclean.
For all intents and purposes, we are lawless and therefore, do not belong to Yahshua / Jesus Christ. Simply because we have no way to acknowledge our sin.
Hence, He says, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)
And “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)
And the Apostle John tells us this. “Whoever believes that Jesus / Yahshua is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.” (1st John 5:1-4)
Those who are saying that the commandments and ordinances of God were abolished at the cross are liars, and are doing the work of the Lawless one, the Anti-Christ. And in most cases, they draw a pay check in exchange for these lies, and the accompanying deception.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2nd Thessalonians 2:8-12)
To know the Commandments and ordinances of God is the key to following Jesus / Yahshua Christ the Messiah. And will help us to identify our sins and repent of them.
Come out from among them, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29, 30)
Shalom my Friends,