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Commandments From Jesus
I will admit there are very few verses which use the phrase "confession of sin"... ---David on 7/27/17

I knew that 1 John 1:9 would be the only verse you would use. And you are reading into the verse, not out of it.

The verse does not say we must confess our sins before we are forgiven. No, read it again. The verse also does not say that if we do not confess our sins they will not be forgiven.

The context of the verse is 1 John 1:6 "If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth".

Again the emphasis of the passage is on fellowship, relationship.

What Is Vain Philosophy
And all "RELIGION " is actually a philosophy....and is vain...appealing to the old sin nature
---kathr4453 on 4/29/17

I agree.

Religion is about "what I am doing" to be righteous toward God.

I think the most religious people in history were the Pharisees. They devoted their life to a difficult and tedious practice of commandments, festivals, and sacrifices.

And yet, Jesus said to them in John 5: "You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form and You do not have His word abiding in you".

What a slap in the face!

But religion takes your focus off God, and places it on yourself. They did not know God, but they did know how hard they worked.

Commandments From Jesus
However, the NT uses the word "Repent" over 40 times, and confession of sin is inferred in these verses.
---David on 7/27/17

The word "repent" is a translation of the Greek word "metanoia" which means to change your mind or to change the direction of your thinking.

Metanoia does not have the concept of penitence in it. It does not infer confession. It does not infer regret, or sorrow, or contrition.

All these have been heaped on by a mistranslation of the word metanoia. Other words express these emotions, such as confession, contrition, and supplication.

The word Repent means "to pent again" or to be penitent again. Not to change your mind.

Commandments From Jesus
Only past sins are forgiven, and those only when repented of.
---Jerry6593 on 7/26/17

BCV please for your proof.

Here are some of mine:

Heb 9:26 "Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world, but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself"

Col 2:13-14 "When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us, and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross"

Commandments From Jesus
If God forgives your sin, you are under the Law. If there is no change, you are under Grace.
---David on 7/25/17

Do you ever read Romans 6?

Rom 6:14-15 " For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!"

It is plain that we are under grace and not under law. Period. No matter what the state of your confession is, we are under grace.

And God has already forgiven your sin way back at the cross. Confession of your sin is for you, not for God. If you don't believe that, then answer this. Why are you told to confess your sins one to another?

Commandments From Jesus
To be honest, I was completely ignorant that Protestants don't believe they can sin.
---David on 7/23/17

Sin is not the issue, relationship is.

As Jerry agrees, sin has been dealt with by Jesus death, burial, and resurrection. All sin has been forgiven by God as far as the east is from the west.

Why do you want to remember it?

Our relationship with Jesus is our primary focus. Our second focus is our relationship with all other humans.

It is that simple. Anything more complicated is religion, not relationship.

Commandments From Jesus
The only law that was erased by Christ's atoning sacrifice on the cross was the Levitical sacrificial law...
---Jerry6593 on 7/22/17

Funny. I do not see the Apostles telling us in their Epistles to continue to be circumcised, to continue to keep the dietary laws, to keep the festivals and Sabbath, to keep the agricultural laws, and to not mix fabrics.

All these are not the Sacrificial law.

Rather, the Epistles tell us we are called to liberty, not the letter of the Law.

If the law is still required, what is the Good news of the Gospel?

Commandments From Jesus
Isn't it true, sin must die so that we can live for Christ?
What did Paul use to make this happen in (Romans 7: 11)?
---David on 7/21/17

Why do you continually change the subject?

The subject was your previous post that contained "we gain freedom from sin when we obey the Law". Now you are onto sin and living for Christ.

I want to stay on your previous statement. You said in it that "I revealed the fact those who sin are under the Law".

Yet, Romans 7 says we who have died with Christ have been released from the Law, have been freed from the Law, have been made to die to the Law.

Our sin has been dealt with by the death of Jesus. So has the Law.

Commandments From Jesus
Because one gains freedom from sin, by obeying the Law (Romans 7:9)
---David on 7/20/17

How can you read Romans 7, quote it, and still think you are still joined to the Law? We are told:

Rom 7:4 "Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead..."

The whole cosmos died and rose again with Jesus. We are no longer mastered by sin and death. Remember your memory verse:

Rom 6:7 "For he who has died has been freed from sin"

Therefore, we are to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to Christ.

Not alive to the Law, alive to Christ.

What Is Apophtatic Theology
If you don't have an original Greek or Hebrew MSS, how do you know that what you call "my Bible" is accurate?
---Cluny on 7/18/17

What I find fascinating, is the reaction of KJV supporters when they find out that the Textus Receptus/LXX/Septuagint was derived from "copies" and not from an original MSS.

It nearly blows their mind.

What is also fascinating is when they learn that the reference of Jesus to a "jot or tittle" is about the practice of Scribes copying the Scrolls of the Tanakh to continue and preserve them and it is this practice that the church fathers patterned their copying of MSS after.

What Is Apophtatic Theology
Few things have caused more damage in churches than when pastors say things like:
---michael_e on 7/17/17

I must disagree.

The most damage has been caused by people not searching the Scriptures for themselves.

When I study the Scriptures, their truth form a protective screen around my brain that error cannot penetrate. No matter how nicely wrapped the error is, it hits the truth screen and it stops dead.

People without this screen can easily be influenced and persuaded by false teachers of all kinds.

Saying we have no definitive manuscripts is the start of the same dangerous path that led Bart Erhman into error.

What Is Apophtatic Theology
Seems pretty clear to me.
---Jerry6593 on 7/14/17

why in Greek is "Agio Pnevmati" neuter?
---Cluny on 7/13/17

First, Jerry. As Cluny can attest, the word "He" in John 16:13 denoting the Holy Spirit is not in the Greek text. A form of the pronoun "ekeinos" is included which refers to the noun "pneuma" which Cluny rightly says is neuter. Therefore, the pronoun could rightly be rendered "he" or "she".

Second, Cluny, the Greek language renders the HS as neuter. The Syriac versions render the HS as feminine. "Ruach" in Hebrew is feminine, and the HS in Latin, is definitely masculine. I believe our God is neither masculine or feminine but contains both.

What Is Apophtatic Theology
In Hebrew, ruach (wind or spirit) is ALWAYS feminine. ---StrongAxe on 7/11/17

Thank you for stating this.

We, the Body of Christ, have lost track of who our God is.

If God created them "male and female" and we were created in God's image, there MUST be femininity in our God. Why are we so shocked to see or admit it?

Femininity is in our God and His word confirms it.

Ruach Ha Kodesh is the third person in the trinity and the Holy Spirit is feminine.

The Holy Spirit is the creative force in our God. She is the creative force behind all music, all art, all beauty, every good thing that we think man has created, Our God is the originator.

How To Be Happy
I'm just always so sad scared and Afraid...
---Jennifer on 7/7/17

I understand your struggle. I am a recovering Drug Addict with 25 years of abstinence in NA. Emotional sobriety is difficult.

If I live in the past (in my head), I struggle with guilt and shame regarding my behavior and the people I have hurt. If I live in the future, I struggle with fear of the unknown and fear of loss.

I must live in the present and this is where I meet God.

You will not surrender to God if you do not trust God. We think we trust God but when it comes to actually depending on God (full surrender), many balk and do not trust. Many NAs lose their abstinence because of not trusting God.

Still Call Themselves Sinners
Why do you keep changing your name?
---David on 7/6/17

I do not change my name. I am not John9346.

I do not know why you have accused me of this, except that I do not agree with your dogma.

Go back and look at old blogs and you will see I have been on this site since 2009 using the same name.

I discuss with you and all people here to help me. I think you will see I have changed my understanding of many things and God continues to open the eye of my understanding. I pray he does the same for you.

Did Jesus Pay For Our Sins
You can't have it both ways. You are either Lawless, or you are under the law .
---David on 7/6/17

I am so sad. You quote one of my favorite verses, John 14:21 and yet you miss John 14:20, an even greater verse.

The answer to your question is John 14:23-24. If we love Jesus, we will trust and do His words and God will abide with us.

This is about relationship, not performance. God has already forgiven us of all our sin (at the cross). Yet when we have not trusted and changed our mind about Jesus, there can be no relationship with God. We are still hiding in the bushes.

Still Call Themselves Sinners
Stick to Scripture and we will have a common point of reference.
---Jerry6593 on 7/4/17

Lighten up and take a joke. Geesh!

Sure, here is your Scripture.

Col. 2:16 "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days"

Did Jesus Pay For Our Sins
teach me by using his words.
---David on 7/5/17

Already did, you missed it.

The law has been condensed into two commandments, love God and love others.

Everything else is moot.

Pretty simple, huh?

Why do you want to make it complicated?

Still Call Themselves Sinners
Isn't sin clearly defined as the breaking of Gods Law?
---David on 6/30/17

I gave you many verses that confirm that sin is more than breaking the law. I acknowledge that we became conscious of sin through the law.

However, Jesus points out our thoughts are evil because they are a reflection of our heart, which is where the problem starts.

Sin is rebellion, lawlessness, a desire to be independent without God.

You have said "sin lives in us" but how can breaking the law be living in us?

A single act may be breaking the law but sin is a disease living within us.

Did Jesus Pay For Our Sins
But unless we keep the Law, sin will not die, and we can not be saved...Understand?
---David on 7/3/17

No, David. But I do know this...

Paul says "Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?" in Galatians 3.

We are born again of the Spirit and grace and truth came by Jesus. We are not sanctified by keeping the Law. Jesus told us to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets"

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