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CONFESSION BIBLE STUDY

CONFESSION PROCEDURE

Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Confession Bible study on the confession procedure for effective confession prayers. We will be looking into that as well as all aspects of the Christian Walk. This SON-derful study brings forth understanding and peace.



CONFESSION BIBLE STUDY
CONFESSION PROCEDURE


Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Ministry Christian walk study program. This is our Confession Bible study on confession procedure. We will look into the New Covenant confession procedure of confession prayers and how this affects Christians today.

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OLD COVENANT CONFESSION BIBLE STUDY
CONFESSION PROCEDURE BACK IN THE DAY

Let us begin, shall we? Confession ... The act of confession is misunderstood by many Christians. Confession is the act of admitting your sins as to unburden your conscience. But, to whom do we make confession? What does the Bible say concerning confession? Let us seek within the Bible for the TRUTH ...

THE OLD WAY

In the Old Testament, according to the law, the children of Israel were to confess their sins and bring an offering to the priest, who in turn made an atonement (reconciliation or amends with God) for their sin.

Leviticus 5:5-6
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: And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.

Leviticus 16:21-22
And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

Leviticus 26:40-42
If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

Numbers 5:6-7
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 they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal thereof, and add unto it the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.

As shameful and embarrassing as it may be, our human nature compels us to want to confess our sins. Unless we confess, our conscience holds on to feelings of guilt, and who can serve the Lord effectively with a guilty conscience?

WHO ARE YOU APOLOGIZING TO?

King David, chosen by God, spoke of confessing ...

Psalms 32:5
I acknowledge 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. Selah.

Notice that David says that he confessed to the LORD and was forgiven. He doesn't mention confessing to a priest. Does that mean that David didn't follow the law of the Lord in the Old Testament concerning confession?

Well, being God's anointed and the apple of His eye, it's probably safe to assume that David also made confession to a priest, but the important thing to understand here, is that confession to a priest was a symbolic procedure and the priest was the only one allowed beyond the veil in the Holy of Holies (where the presence of God was in the Tabernacle of the congregation), but Jesus is now the mediator of the New Covenant and it is HE and HE alone that we must send our prayers through.

HE is the priest. The BRIDGE to God.

Hebrews 9:15
And for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Don't forget who you're apologizing to. When you're making a confession, which is actually part of an apology, doesn't it make sense that you would apologize to the One that you sinned against? (If you hurt your Father, you wouldn't go to your brother and confess, and never apologize to your Father.)

God knows everything we do, so when we think we're hiding sin from Him, we're only fooling ourselves. You'll find that as long as you think you're concealing something from the Lord, things won't go very smoothly in your life. Solomon confirms that there is no gain in hiding sin, and that confession is the door to Grace.

Proverbs 28:13
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.


NEW COVENANT CONFESSION BIBLE STUDY
CONFESSION PROCEDURE CHANGES


THE NEW WAY

The first mention of confession in the New Testament is when John the Baptist was preaching in Jerusalem, and people from all around came to the river Jordan confessing their sins and being baptized (being renewed in Spirit).

Matthew 3:4-6
And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all JudŠa, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

Keep in mind that this was before Jesus began His ministry, so people weren't aware of the New Testament yet. A Testament is not valid until the Testator is dead.

Hebrews 9:16-17
For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

In addition, there hadn't been a Prophet of the Lord around since Malachi, some 400 years earlier, so the people were elated to have communication from God once again. Just imagine how they must have felt for that long period of time ... probably like the Lord had turned His face from them and like mercy was far away. Confession would naturally be the first thing one would want to do, in hope that the Lord wouldn't keep silence anymore.


SPILLING YOUR HEART

In the New Testament, you'll find that we're still to confess our sins:

1 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.

But you'll find nothing in the New Testament that requires confessing to a specific HUMAN person of authority or priest. Unless you interpret this one incorrectly.

James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

This is a very interesting scripture. If you were to read the verses before and after this one, you'd find that James was speaking about people who are ill. So this speaks of bringing faults to light. Which is different from repenting and confession that is to be directed only to the Lord.

Don't wait to confess your sins to your Father. The very moment you come back into the light after you have sinned, reveal it to Him and ask His forgiveness and let the healing begin.

Always remember that God judges the heart of every matter.

For those who feel like there has to be a sting if you repent as to obtain Grace, first you must ask yourself if God would rather you wallow in punishment or sorrow for a time, or would He rather you sincerely repent, learn your lesson and get on with serving Him? In short, would God rather punish you, or forgive you? Maybe God deems your repentance as being sting enough.

Would you require more of your child?

God chose the Grace confession procedure and so should all Christians.

In the story of the Prodigal Son that Jesus told, the father represents God (Luke 15:11-32). Notice the father in the story knew that his son was sorry for what he had done, and before the son even confessed anything, just knowing that his son was repentant, the father forgave him.

Luke 15:20
And he arose, and came to his father. But 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.

He required no more sorrow or continued apology or anything, but was just elated that the lost soul of his son was found again, and from that moment, celebration was in order, not ridicule or punishment or severity or continuance. In Grace, we focus on the hope and resolve to change, not on doubt or mistrust. Look at the last thing the father said to the elder brother who was jealous of the freely given grace that his father had given to his younger brother:

Luke 15:32
It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.


CONFESSION BIBLE STUDY AND GRACE
CONFESSION PROCEDURE BLESSING


Sincere repentance brings Grace and life. Your father wants you to earnestly desire to change and forsake the sin that you're confessing because you love Him, not because you fear punishment.

2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to Salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Godly sorrow is being sincerely sorry for hurting God. Some folks just can't believe that God's Grace is so freely given.Is anything that YOU can do, the determining factor of whether you obtain Grace from your Father other than asking for forgiveness?

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Simply put ... You are forgiven because of your Faith, it is a gift.
A gift is not something that is earned, it is given freely.


THE MAIN THING

How do we look at confession? Is it a commandment of the New Testament? According to the Bible, well ... you decide:

Matthew 22:36-40
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.

In the New Testament, remember it says that we ARE to confess our sins ... It is something you must CHOOSE to do for yourself. Repentance means to be sorry for one's sins and faults. It is a humble realization of and regret for one's wrongdoing. Just as importantly, it is a resolve to change. When John the Baptist came preaching the new way, preparing THE WAY of the Lord, the importance of his message was in the confession of sins and repentance.

Matthew 3:8
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance ...

Jesus stressed the importance of repentance over and over again:

Luke 13:3
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Luke 15:7
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Luke 24:44-47
And He said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me. Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Peter rehearsed what he learned from the Lord to us about repentance:

Acts 3:19
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

What's the bottom line? God knows and judges your heart. All He requires is your sincere repentance, your belief in Jesus Christ, and a willingness to change so that you may be a better servant to Him.

Romans 14:11
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

In addition ... When you hear the word confession, do you primarily associate it with confessing sins? You probably do, as most do. However, do not forget to confess your Faith as well.

Romans 10:9-10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation.

Our Confession Bible study reveals that the confession procedure is simple and if one chooses to obey the confession instructions, they will have effective confession prayer and will be set free from the sin in question.

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