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05 5a2b5c cleansing
Tuesday Bible Study Notes
Westside Care CenterTuesday, 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.
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
JFB on "1JN 1:7"):
"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?
There may be other comments/ reasons/ applications you may want to add below:
Give an exampleof how in the past you confessed a sin and then you saw your usefulness restored by God:
Now see the Blessing Element Page 6 of 6 in this section
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