5a2b Introduction to the Doctrine of Confession
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Introduction to 5A 2B:
"The Doctrine of Confession"

The Passage Forgive Us Our Debts really embodies the Biblical Concept of Sanctification. It is our Second division (Section 2B) of the Fifth Prayer Principle, Confession -- 

The Process of Sanctification presupposes God's Conviction which is accomplished by the Holy Spirit.

 Sanctification is done through 6 steps we are calling the Doctrine of Confession

Elements 1-3 are Our Responsibilities, that is, We Must ... 

1. Make Confession 2. Practice Forsaking 3. Act Like We're Believing

*Elements 4-6 are actions God takes in response, that is we must believe that God really gives... 

*4. Forgiveness *5. Cleansing *6. Blessing

(These are simply part of our "Believing" Responsibility.)

Introductory Discussion to Principle 5A2B: 

Why should God include "forgive us" in a daily routine of prayer if we are 100% forgiven on the "day of salvation" [2Co 6:2 For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)] ?

Because salvation from sin is both a positional and a practical truth taught in the Bible. In the legal, positional sense God forgave all sin through the death of Christ on the cross. In the earthly, practical sense God will deal with the sinful nature that remains in man after the salvation of his soul but before the transformation of the body at the rapture of His Bride, the Church. This study is also called the Sanctification of the Believer. Sin impacts the rewards of the believer after physical life is over. These concepts will become clearer as the believer studies the depths of these doctrines later. For now we will discuss the basic verses given above to seek to approach this section of daily prayer.

1 JN 1.6; Walking in darkness – or sinning against God, and others including self – John here says is the opposite of having fellowship with Him.

PS 66.18; Regarding iniquity – sin – prevents God from responding to any of our prayers, so it is a very important part of regular prayer.

JA 1.15; James says that when we commit individual sins they begin a progressive cycle that ends up in death itself.

PS 19.12-13. David admits that sin in life is difficult to understand, and that even the best of men can have secret faults. Furthermore some sins grow to the point of "presumption" a very sober condition for which the Old Testament economy left no place for forgiveness (See the full context of Numbers 15.30 : `But the person who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one brings reproach on the LORD, and he shall be cut off from among his people. 31 `Because he has despised the word of the LORD, and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt shall be upon him.’") David feared greatly the dominion they brought to his soul. And we all know the depths of sin into which David sank.

Therefore we must pray for forgiveness and cleansing and restoration from the daily defiling aspects of sin in life. This prayer is called confession (Section 2B). If we have thought about beatitudes (Section 1B), we are sensitized about sin's awful impact on life, and thus are more than willing to see it removed from our habits of life so we will receive a full reward. We are then to make full confession and forsaking of the sin.


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