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Westside Care Center Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Prayer Principle 5A. Confession 2B. It’s Doctrine 5C. Cleansing



The Meaning of Forgiveness


Forgiveness results in justification -judicial removal from guilt, And similarly, sanctification -being set apart from the sinful life-style , its appearances and consequences


Last time we studied forgiveness– how sin affects the vertical aspect of our relationship with God, and how it’s connection is fully restored by confession and forsaking of sin.

We consider today the second of three significant things God does when we confess and forsake sin: Cleansing can be viewed as restoring the usefulness, at least in it’s greater part, of our Christian life. Some sins, after they are committed, irreparably (being unable to repair) affect our Christian life, and often even more– our body. There is no effective cleansing for sins such as drug abuse that permanently damages parts of our body.


From the Prayer Notebook:

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

5A. CONFESSION – As I have kept short sin-debts by immediate confession of sins You have revealed, I now pause to examine my heart further for wrong attitudes. As You convict, I will once again make confession of my sin and remember it's results. I will then show a forgiving spirit to others.

2B. The Doctrine of CONFESSION – Today I agree with You LORD that I have failed in the particular way(s) that You have revealed to me. Now I...

1C. CONFESS; 2C FORSAKE; 3C. BELIEVE – that this sin is now removed from me. I will continue to renounce it and trust your Word.

*RO 5.9 4C. *Am FORGIVEN – and thus my offense is removed completely.

*1 JN 1.7 5C. *Am CLEANSED – and thus my usefulness for service is restored also.

1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Jameson, Faucet, & Brown on 1 JN 1:9

cleanse__purify from all filthiness, so that henceforth we more and more become free from the presence of sin through the Spirit of sanctification

(compare Heb 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?;

JFB on "1JN 1:7"):

the blood of Jesus . . . cleanseth us from all sin--daily contracted through the sinful weakness of the flesh. and the power of Satan and the world. He is speaking not of justification through His blood once for all, but of the present sanctification ("cleanseth" is present tense) which the believer, walking in the light and having fellowship with God and the saints, enjoys as His privilege. Compare #Jo 13:10, Greek, " He that has been bathed, needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit." Compare #1Jo 1:9, "cleanse us from all unrighteousness, " a further step besides "forgiving us our sins." Christ's blood is the cleansing mean, whereby gradually, being already justified and in fellowship with God, we become clean from all sin which would mar our fellowship with God. Faith applies the cleansing, purifying blood. Some oldest manuscripts omit "Christ"; others retain it.

"Cleansed" means my usefulness is to a large degree restored like plates just washed from the dinner table. This is because of the effectiveness of Christ’s sacrificial death on our part.

Verses Affirming the Results of Cleansing:

Tit 3:4-6 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,

Tit 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

Tit 3:6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

Kindness, love and mercy comes by means of Christ’s cleansing act on Calvary.

Heb 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Cleansing gives us a new clean about our soul– the spiritual counterpart of our body.


How can I believe God has truly cleansed sins I have confessed and forsaken?

Your Application:

  1. His Word clearly states it! (1 John 1.7)
  2. He will answer prayer and otherwise give us favor (help from God alone, Himself ) that we had not before we sinned. There is no experience more exciting than the sense I am again being used of God in ministry to others!
  3. My conscience will no longer bother me since I am believing by faith He has cleansed me.


Other Notes:

There may be other comments/ reasons/ applications you may want to add below:






Give an example of how in the past you confessed a sin and then you saw your usefulness restored by God:







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