TEXT: 1 John 1: 14-21
READ- Day: 2 Cor 7:8; Night: Num. 12-13
MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 1:9 “ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
The scripture is crystal-clear when it asserts: all unrighteousness is sin. In Matt. 7:21-23, Jesus makes it known that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Evildoers are wicked people, and any act of wickedness is sinful and condemnable. Jesus loves sinners but hates sin.How do we reconcile this statement to make it meaningful?
A sinner is expressly condemned if he fails to recognize, confess and repent of his/her sin. Jesus Christ, the life giver, came to the world to show man the way out of darkness (sin) he plunges himself into. Man claims to be self-righteous through his ego-centered acts. All these are to no effect. The fellowship lost in the Garden of Eden canot b regained by man’s self-righteousness because he cannot be an accuser and a judge at the same time. Jesus came to right man’s wrongs; redeem him instead of condemnation. The right can be obtained on the acceptance of the following that:
- Man is naturally wicked;
- He needs Jesus Christ as his advocate
- He must repent and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
We can only have a right relationship with God when we have taken all these steps in Christ.
Dear brothers ad sisters, you are called upon today to do away with your sinful nature and embrace Jesus Christ and his word of life so that eternal life will be for you.amen.