TRUTH FOR TODAY

Lesson 1: September 29-October 5
Lesson 2: October 6-12
Lesson 3: October 13-19
Lesson 4: October 20-26
Lesson 5: October 27-November 2
Lesson 6: November 3-9
Lesson 7: November 10-16
Lesson 8: November 17-23
Lesson 9: November 24-30
Lesson 10: December 1-7
Lesson 11: December 8-14
Lesson 12: December 15-21
Lesson 13: December 22-28

Lesson 2: October 6-12

‘I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ 1 John 1:9.

STUDY HELP:  Steps to Christ, pages 37-41.

LESSON SCRIPTURE: Psalm 32.

LESSON AIM: To study the importance of confession of sin and how it was taught in the sanctuary.

 

Introduction

 

‘Those who have not humbled their souls before God in acknowledging their guilt, have not yet fulfilled the first condition of acceptance. If we have not experienced that repentance which is not to be repented of, and have not with true humiliation of soul and brokenness of spirit confessed our sins, abhorring our iniquity, we have never truly sought for the forgiveness of sin; and if we have never sought, we have never found the peace of God. The only reason why we do not have remission of sins that are past is that we are not willing to humble our hearts and comply with the conditions of the word of truth.’ Steps to Christ, page 37.

 

‘I acknowledged my sin unto Thee’

 

  1. What fundamental truth regarding confession does the Bible teach? 1 John 2:1-2. 

NOTE: ‘Prayer and confession are to be offered only to Him who has entered once for all into the holy place. Christ has declared, “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1. He will save to the uttermost all who come to Him in faith. The Elder Brother of our race is by the eternal throne. He looks upon every soul who is turning his face toward Him as the Saviour. The heaviest burden that we bear is the burden of sin. He will take the load from our weary shoulders. He will give us rest. The burden of care and sorrow also He will bear. He invites us to cast all our care upon Him; for He carries us upon His heart.’ The Faith I Live By, page 105.

 

  1. What is involved in the work of confession? Consider what it means to acknowledge your sin. Psalm 32:5.

NOTE: ‘I hope that none will obtain the idea that they are earning the favour of God by confession of sins or that there is special virtue in confessing to human beings. The Lord would have us come to Him daily with all our troubles and confessions of sin, and He can give us rest. Confess your secret sins alone before your God. Acknowledge your heart wanderings to Him who knows perfectly how to treat your case. If you have wronged your neighbour, acknowledge to him your sin and show fruit of the same by making restitution. Then claim the blessing. Come to God just as you are, and let Him heal all your infirmities. Press your case to the throne of grace; let the work be thorough. Be sincere in dealing with God and your own soul. If you come to Him with a heart truly contrite, He will give you the victory. He will not misapprehend or misjudge you.’ God’s Amazing Grace, page 87.

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