We are led to believe that we will not go to heaven. The new Jerusalem will come down to earth and God will live among us.
I do not just believe that it is about repentance of sins.
It is also about agreeing to give up everything the serpent gave Eve. Or if you like the fallen angels gave man. I believe that will be an actual happening if you agree. In return you will be given the tree of life. You cannot have both, God shows you that in the garden of Eden. This is where many will probably fall, they will refuse to give up things of the world.
Give up sin and be forgiven.
unless you are like a child, you will not enter. Suffer all the children to come unto me.
We were never meant to eat from the tree of knowledge.
---chris on 1/5/12|
From the introduction of sin in the Garden all the way through and including Paul's gospel, it is clear that man - all men - are sinners. Strong's notes that the word "confess" derives from "Kosmos" which means "to acknowledge". We confess our sins by acknowledging them (admitting we are sinners). Can one become a believer without acknowledging you're a sinner? Confessing sins in prayer every minute to the Father does not make sense when the Christ took away all sins. If you adhere to verbal confession for arriving at the Gate of Heaven versus the pit, if you covet a fancy car that drives by and you die before you are able to confess that sin, do you go to the pit? Coveting is a sin just as murder, etc.
---bill on 1/2/12|
Lord Jesus Christ finished everything at the cross for EVERY person. Finished it all, but man still wants to say His work fell short...we need to be baptized, confess sins every minute, etc. etc. Man wants to work, work, work, work for it. His work at the Cross was great, but I need to blah blah blah. This is the prideful nature of man, which is not something I would subscribe to. I'll stick with the finished work of the Cross because it was perfect, and it finished EVERYTHING. Peace.
---bill on 1/1/12|
I John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
When you analyze it, this is a salvation verse for the Kingdom Jewish believers to whom John is writing.
James and Peter and John are all writing to Jews. Gal 2:9 Paul rehearsing what had happened at the Jerusalem counsel of Acts 15. And for those who may not know, the Jerusalem counsel was held about 51 AD, which is about 21-22 years after Pentecost or after the cross.
---michael_e on 12/29/11|
Before anyone claims sinlessness, read the gospel. All Christian at any given moment, right now, are either Carnal or Spiritual, depending on whether you are functioning in the Spirit or in the flesh. If you are sitting there and the Spirit of God is teaching you, and you are enjoying what's happening, then the Spirit of God is at work, you're a Spiritual person.
Yet, if you are sitting there saying, "I don't like what his saying, I don't buy any of his stuff. I reject it, because it isn't true" and you have hostility in your heart, you may be dealing with sin, and don't like what I said, Your flesh is reacting, that's Carnality.
So when you are walking in the flesh, you do sin. Paul called it, "sin within"
---Mark_V. on 12/22/11|
duane...brother you are spot on. As believers our sins are forgiven. As scriptre says " If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.
Once you are cleansed you are cleansed, unless that piece of scripture is wrong.
Some people seem to think they have to keep getting cleansed?
---JIM on 12/20/11|
Duane, We are freed from sin, we live through faith that we are now dead to sin. Im now alive to God and ---Haz27 on 12/20/11
---Chria9396 on 12/20/11|
Mark_V you are correct, God sees us as saints.
And in Christ there "is no sin" (1John 3:5) and we are in Christ. There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those which ARE IN Christ (Rom 8:1)
I no longer live but Christ lives in me (Gal 2:20).
We are born of God and CANNOT sin (1John3:9).
And as Christan said, all our sin has been dealt with and forgiven. Confession is not required anymore.
---Haz27 on 12/20/11|
Christan, sorry my answer was not phrased correctly. I just wanted to make sure that any action of man, in no way brings salvation. And I phrased it incorretly. That is why I rephrased in Part 2. Any action man does, is only because of the conviction we have. My point to duane was that no one is sinless. But we are forgiven sinners. Though God looks at us as saints due to the imputed righteousness of Christ.
---Mark_V. on 12/19/11|
duane said: "Its repenting towards God.(turning to Christ)"
Heb 6:1 "leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of REPENTANCE from DEAD WORKS..."
Jesus was asked in John 6:29 what works should we do. He answered "...that ye believe on him whom he hath sent".
---Haz27 on 12/20/11|
//Christian on 7/11/06
"All of our sins, past, present, and future are already forgiven."
Amen and amen
why ask God to do someting He has already done
---michael_e on 12/17/11|
Duane Part2: Let me make something clear on what I said. I said that believers confess even after they are saved, but I don't mean they have to. It is an action of man. When God chooses us, there is no confession required in order to be saved. We repent because we feel a conviction when we fail. So as good sons, we tell our Father how sorry we are that we failed. I don't want you to think it is a requirement in order to be saved. God chose you from the foundation of the world. And those He chose will hear the word of God they will believe.
---Mark_V. on 12/17/11|
First, repenting and confessing of sin will not save anyone, Its repenting towards God.(turning to Christ)
Salvation is Christ in you.
We are freed from sin, we live through faith that we are now dead to sin. Im now alive to God but dead to people who look at my flesh and call me a sinner. You should not judge me or others as to sin for we have a new sinless life because of Christ. We are saints, NOT sinners anymore.
---duane on 12/19/11|
Christian: "All of our sins, past, present, and future are already forgiven."
The NT is full of warnings to christians about backsliding.
---Steveng on 12/17/11|
duane, for four years you are still teaching sinlessness. Nothing has change. If someone answers they still sin, you give some speech. Confession is required of all believers. When we first come to Christ we confess our rebellion against God. When we are saved, we confess when we fail and sin. No one but Jesus Christ is without sin. You can call your sins something else, but they are sins. And if you refuse to confess them, you are not obedying what God commands us to do when we do sin. You can cover yourself with the imputed righteousness of Christ, but underneath you are a person who stills sin. You should acknowledge you are not worthy of His mercy.
---Mark_V. on 12/16/11|
As a christian,If confession of sin took away sin and saved you, you would be in bad shape. Jesus Christ is the way, not confessing sin that Jesus already took away through HIS death.
Where and what is your faith in?
---duane on 12/14/11|
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Through Faith in Jesus we are made righteous. It is through this faith and trust that we receive forgiveness of sins. When God looks at believers He sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Confessing is just agreeing with God that you did wrong.Our spirit grieves for the wrong we did, but we are forgiven.
In the OT days the High Priest sacrificed once a year for their sins and the sins of the people. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for all sin once and for all. If you are a child of God than you are forgiven. You are a new creation.
---JIM on 12/8/11|
All the sinuous go to the caverns of hell, and all the righteous go to dwellings of heaven.
---Eloy on 12/8/11|
First we as Christians are too sin conscience. We think about sin when we should be thinking about Jesus. God doesn't have an issue with sin, because the blood of Jesus washed all sins away. Sin will harden our hearts against God, so refrain from it. (meaning not to live a sinful lifestyle). Confess means in 1John 1:9 to agree. Agree with God that the blood of Jesus washed away all of your sins. Jesus said "My Peace I Leave With You" where is peace if you are worrying about sin and losing your salvation. Read Rom 10:9, it said to confess that Jesus is Lord, not your sins. Repent means to change, in the bible it means to change you way of thinking from a negative way to a positive way. Study to show thy self approved unto God.
---Floyd358 on 12/7/11|
Amen, Amen, Amen,...finally, someone with wisdom.
---duane on 1/9/08|
The question answered itsself when you used the term Christians. But lets draw the string a little tighter and ask," can a person go to heaven with unconfessed sin on their souls"? What do you think?
---mima on 1/9/08|
Christian-confession is perhaps the most abused doctrine in Christianity today.
Christians in this age of grace are NOT required to confess their sins in order to be forgiven. All of our sins, past, present, and future are already forgiven. Additionally, 1 John 1:9 is written to gnostic unbelievers who denied they had sinned (1 John 1:8).
---Christian on 7/11/06|
Everyday,every hour, every minute, every second,all the time day and night.
---tom2 on 6/15/06|
We are to see through the eyes of Christ, and as he looks upon the heart, so are we to look upon the heart. Ex: if you see a man treating his car as he would a betrothed fiancee, that is wrong, and plainly his heart is not in the right place. Likewise, if you see a woman in bondage to her shoes, that is wrong, and plainly her heart is not right.
---Eloy on 6/15/06|
.donna, no, it is every single saved persons responsibility to share the gospel with those whom we know are going to hell. The Bible is very clear, we know them by their fruits whether or not a soul is saved or damned, and when you know they are lost you have a commission from Christ to witness to them so that they too can become saved as you yourself are saved. And if you do not keep the commission, then your faith is dead and in vain.
---Eloy on 6/15/06|
I think we're all forgetting that God looks upon the HEART of a person and if he sees the motives of their heart was not to sin, but they did, then HE'S the one making the judgement call. WE CANNOT and MUST STOP asking who's going to heaven or hell, ONLY GOD KNOWS THAT, amen? Plus, the blood of Jesus covers Christians sins, did we forget about that too? WHY WOULD any of us want to say whether or not a person is going to hell, that's GOD's job to to that, right?
---Donna9759 on 6/14/06|
.emcee, When we are born-again we are converted into the righteousness of Christ. "It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. For by one offering he has perfected for ever them that are sanctified." Matthew 10:25; Hebrews 10:14. And God would not command us to be perfect, be holy, and sin not, if it were not possible. Please read Matthew 5:48; I Thessalonians 5:23; Leviticus 19:2; 20:7,26; Psalms 4:4; John 5:14; 8:11; Romans 6:12; I Corinthians 15:34.
---Eloy on 6/14/06|
The word teaches us to confess our sins to one another.How about evryday,every hour,every minute,every second.ALL THE TIME.to God first then to each other.
---tom2 on 6/13/06|
Eloy::Real christians are HUMAN "to err is human", Jesus Christ on the other hand was God who is sinless from the beginning of Time. He is the creator.
---Emcee on 6/13/06|
Real Cristians are like Christ and do not sin, so they go to heaven as Christ promised.
---Eloy on 6/13/06|
To dust from which they came and their spirit goes back to the Father from which it came. Why? Because it is written.
---joseph on 6/13/06|
If a person has unconfessed sin in their lives, they will go to hell. God is looking for pure, clean hearts. This is why David asked God to searched his heart to see if there would be anything there that was hidden and that needed to come to the surface. True chrisitans know better than to have unconfessed sin in their lives. God can't forgive us if we don't ask.
---Rebecca_D on 6/12/06|
How in the world can a person say they are a "christian", (means christlike) and continue in sin, and never confess or repent?? The bible says, "What shall we say then? "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. Rom 6:1 We have "missed the mark" since we have been saved, but you cannot continue to sit under annointed preaching, and reading His Holy Word, without being "convicted", by the Holy Spirit! You must confess and repent. amen
---Sandria on 6/12/06|
No question - Hell! If you don't have a repentant heart, how can you expect to receive eternal life?
---melissa on 6/12/06|
if they are not repentant toward God then they will not be with God. It is up to God however for the final judgement.
---candice on 6/12/06|