Confession and Forgiveness
1. WHAT instruction is given concerning confession of
"Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman
shall commit any sin that men commit, to do a trespass against the Lord,
and that person be guilty; then shall they confess their sin which
they have done." Num.
2. How futile is it to attempt to hide sin from God?
"But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against
the Lord: and be sure your
sin will find you out." Num.
32:23. "Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in
the light of Thy countenance." Ps. 90:8. "All things are naked and
opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." Heb. 4:13.
3. What promise is made to those who confess their sins?
"If we confess our sins, He
is faithful and just to forgive us our
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9.
4. What different results attend the covering and the
confessing of sins?
"He that covereth his sins shall
not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall
have mercy." Prov. 28:13.
5. How definite should we be in confessing our sins?
"And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these
things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in
that thing." Lev. 5:5.
NOTE.-"True confession is always of a specific character,
and acknowledges particular sins. They may be of such a nature as to be
brought before God only; they may be wrongs that should be confessed to
individuals who have suffered injury through them; or they may be of a
public character, and should then be as publicly confessed. But all
confession should be definite and to the point, acknowledging the very
sins of which you are guilty."- "Steps
to Christ," page 43.
6. How fully did Israel once acknowledge their
"And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy
servants unto the Lord thy God, that we die not: for we
have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king." 1
7. When David confessed his sin, what did
he say God did?
"I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and
mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions
unto the Lord; and Thou
forgavest the iniquity of my sin." Ps.
8. Upon what did he rest his hope for forgiveness?
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy
unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot
out my transgressions." Ps. 51:1.
9. What is God ready to do for all who seek for
"For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready
to forgive; and plenteous
in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee." Ps. 86:5.
10. What is the measure of the greatness of God's mercy?
"For as the
heaven is high above the earth, so
great is His mercy toward them that fear Him." Ps. 103:11.
11. How fully does the Lord pardon when one repents?
"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord. and He will have mercy
upon him; and to our God. for He
will abundantly pardon." Isa.
12. What reason is given for
God's readiness to forgive sin?
"Who is a God like unto
Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and
passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He
retaineth not His anger forever,because He delighteth in mercy." Micah
7:18. See Ps. 78:38.
13. Why does God manifest such mercy and
long-suffering toward men?
"The Lord is not slack concerning His
promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us ward, not
willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9.
14. What prayer did Moses offer in behalf
"Pardon, I beseech Thee, the iniquity
of this people according
unto the greatness of Thy mercy, and as Thou hast forgiven this people,
from Egypt even until now." Num. 14:19.
15. What reply did the Lord immediately
"And the Lord said, I
have pardoned according to thy word." Verse
16. When the prodigal son, in the
parable, repented and turned toward home, what did his father do?
"When he was yet a great way off, his
father saw him, and had
compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Luke
17. How did the father show his joy at
his son's return?
"The father said to his servants, Bring
forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand,
and shoes on his feet: and bring
hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and
let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again;
he was lost, and is found." Verses 22-24.
18. What is felt in heaven when a sinner
"Likewise, I say unto you, there
is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that
repenteth." Verse 10.
19. What did Hezekiah say God had done
with his sins?
"Behold, for peace I had great
bitterness: but Thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit
of corruption: for Thou
hast cast all my sins behind Thy back." Isa.
20. How completely does God wish to
separate sin from us?
"Thou wilt cast all their sins into the
depths of the sea." Micah 7 :19. "As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath He removed our transgressions from us." Ps. 103:12.
21. How did the people respond to the
preaching of John?
"Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all
Judea. and all the region roundabout Jordan, and were baptized of him in
Jordan confessing their
sins." Matt. 3:5,6.
22. How did some of the believers at
Ephesus testify to the sincerity of the confession of their sins?
"And many that believed came, and confessed,
and showed their deeds. Many
of them also which used curious arts brought
their books together, and burned them before all men: and
they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of
silver." Acts 19:18,19.
23. Through whom are
repentance and forgiveness granted?
"The God of our fathers
raised up Jesus, whom
ye slew and hanged
on a tree. Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a
Saviour, for to give
repentance to Israel, and forgiveness
of sins." Acts 5:30,31.
24. What is the only
"Wherefore I say unto you,
All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the
blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall
not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son
of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the
Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither
in the world to come." Matt.
NOTE.-As the Holy Spirit is the agent that convicts of
sin, and brings the offer of pardon through the Word, the denial of the
Spirit's work is the refusal of pardon. In other words, the only
unpardonable sin is the sin which refuses to be pardoned.
25. Upon what basis has Christ taught us
to ask forgiveness?
"And forgive us our debts, as
we forgive our debtors." Matt.
26. What spirit must those cherish whom
ye forgive men their trespasses, your
Heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Verses
27. What exhortation is based on the fact
that God has forgiven us?
"And be ye kind one to another,
one another, even as God
for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph. 4:32.
28. In what condition is one whose sins
he whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered. Blessed is
the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit
there is no guile." Ps. 32:1,2.
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