What About 1 John 1:9?

1 John 1:9One of the most asked questions on the radio that Bob George answered was, “What about 1 John 1:9?” The 1 John 1:9 question is still being asked today. So, how are we to understand 1 John 1:9 in light of the New Covenant?

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1 John 1:9

When we read the Bible, we need to look at the context in which each book was written. If we don’t do that, it’s easy to misinterpret what a particular book or chapter is really saying. When that happens, we can easily come to wrong conclusions, which can then cause a lot of misunderstanding about the work of Christ on our behalf.

One example of this is that many people believe that although their sins have been forgiven prior to salvation, after salvation it is up to them to obtain forgiveness through their confession. Others believe that all their sins have been forgiven at the cross, however, they cannot experience forgiveness unless they confess each time they sin. The verse both parties use to defend their belief is I John 1:9. Let’s read the first chapter of 1 John, and keep in mind two important questions: “Who was John’s audience?” and ‘What was he trying to accomplish in this letter?”

The audience was a confused church in Asia. The pastor there asked John to write a letter to help clear up some major doctrinal heresy called “Gnosticism.” Gnosticism comes from the Greek word “gnosis”, which means knowledge. The Gnostics were a group of people who believed they possessed superior spiritual knowledge. They believed that all flesh is evil and that only spirit is good. Because they believed that, they didn’t believe that Jesus really came in the flesh – they believed He was an illusion. They also believed that because sin had to do with our flesh, there really wasn’t sin – sin was also just an Illusion. (That’s similar to people today who believe sickness is an illusion.) The church in Ephesus was filled with people who not only didn’t believe Christ came in the flesh, they didn’t believe sin was real.

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life” (I John 1:1). In other words, John is establishing that he was an eyewitness to the fact that Jesus truly did come in the flesh. He did this to convince the Gnostics that Jesus was not an illusion.

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ” (verse 3). This verse says two things. First, John repeats the fact that he, the rest of the apostles and other people saw Christ in the flesh. He wanted the Gnostics to realize that there were many people who could testify to the reality of Christ. Second, he is saying that there are some people in the audience who were not in the fellowship with Christ.

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all” (verse 5). John’s message in this verse is clear: God is light and in Him there is no darkness. We are either in the light (saved) or in darkness (lost). Scriptures are full of this comparison between light (saved) vs. darkness (lost). On our next posting we look more in-depth to learn more about light and darkness in the scriptures.

“If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” (verse 6). In other words, if someone says he has fellowship with Christ, but is walking in darkness (lost), he is lying and not practicing the truth. The Gnostics claimed to be in fellowship with Christ (saved), and yet were actually living a lie and therefore weren’t practicing the truth.

“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin” (verse 7). In other words, if we walk in the light (are saved) we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin. To put it another way, once we are saved, we are permanently in the fellowship because the blood of Jesus continually cleanses us from all sin. Therefore, we aren’t forgiven because we confess our sins. We are forgiven because of what Christ did for us on the cross.

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (verse 8). John is now addressing the belief the Gnostics had regarding sin because they didn’t believe it was real and therefore believed they had no sin. The “we” John is using here doesn’t refer to believers. He is referring to the Gnostics, who believed they were without sin. Because they claimed to be without sin, then they were only deceiving themselves and the truth (Jesus) was not in them.

However, verse 9 says that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” In other words, if the Gnostics were to confess they had sins, then God, Who is faithful and righteous, would forgive and cleanse them from their unrighteousness. In the Greek language, the words “forgive” and “cleanse” mean past actions that have results today and will continue to have results in the future. Also, the word “all” used in these verses means all. It doesn’t mean that we are cleansed of our past sins and our past unrighteousness, it means we were cleansed of all our unrighteousness. And if God cleanses us from all unrighteousness, then we are cleansed forever!

“If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives” (verse 10). Basically this verse is a repeat of verse 8. To put it simply, it means that the Gnostics can’t claim to be without sin and yet be saved. John is saying that because the Gnostics claimed they had no sin, they were actually calling God a liar and therefore didn’t know the truth.

The purpose of the first chapter of 1 John was to compare the truth of God to the error of gnosticism. John was addressing the Gnostics, who were deceived by their own teaching. He wanted the Gnostics to understand that what they believed conflicted with what God said. He was not, however, addressing believers.

Today, there are people who believe that Christians must confess their sins in order to be forgiven. They believe that it is possible for us to be “in and out” of fellowship with God and that we must “keep short accounts” (or stay “fessed up”). The Bible doesn’t teach that we are “in and out” of fellowship with God. A person who is saved is in fellowship with God – eternally. “God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” (1 Corinthians 1:9). A person who is lost is not in fellowship with God. There is no bouncing back and forth. You are either in fellowship with God (saved, walking in the light) or you are not in fellowship with God (lost, walking in darkness).

Scripture also doesn’t teach the idea of “keeping short accounts” (being “fessed up”). Teaching that we are to “keep short accounts” with God causes very real and damaging problems because we miss the point of what confession really is. Such popular teaching makes confession a mindless cure-all, a “bar of soap” we use daily to clean up our flesh. A common scenario would be of a person privately confessing to God a bitter attitude towards another and then asking for forgiveness. Afterwards, he doesn’t think about it, feeling that he has adequately met the “spiritual” requirement.

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins” (Colossians 2:13) The fact is that while the sin issue is dead between you and God, it isn’t between the people with whom we come in contact daily. When we realize we’ve wronged another, we need to go to that person and take steps toward reconciling the relationship with that person.

It is easy to “confess” our sins and continue on, thinking we have met a spiritual” requirement. But has there really been a change in our attitude, and not just our action? That would be like the little boy whose father angrily tells him to sit down and be quiet in church. The little boy does so, but tells his father that “I may be sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside!” God is much more concerned with changed attitudes. As our attitudes change – through the truth of God’s Word – our actions will eventually change.

Teaching we must confess our sins in order to be forgiven doesn’t produce changed hearts. Why? Because we have placed ourselves under a “law” which demands that we confess every sin in order to be forgiven and stay in fellowship with God. However, there are no laws, Mosaic or man-made, that can free us from sin. The law was never meant to free us from sin because “the power of sin is the law” (1 Corinthians 15:56). Therefore, we usually end up repeating the same sin before the week (or even the day) is over and feel guilt and frustration over our inability to change.

This obsession with confession keeps us under the power of sin because we are consumed with thoughts of ourselves in a sincere desire to please God. As a result, though, we become so concerned about whether we are “in or out of fellowship” with God that we don’t have time for our relationships down here. We are too busy keeping “short accounts” to be able to serve our brothers in love. Compare and see how many times the Scriptures exhort us to love one another versus confessing our sins. The emphasis is overwhelmingly in favor of loving our brothers.

We need to focus on the fact that God has forever settled the sin issue. Before Christ, men’s sins separated them from God. Christ was the only solution to this dilemma. Then He hung on the cross and said “It is finished!”, He meant it is finished! God has bridged the gap between Himself and man through His Son. “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them… God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:18,19,21).

Since the Bible tells us that all of our sins are forgiven because of the grace of God, then what do we do when we do sin? Ignore it and say “I’m under grace, so it doesn’t make any difference if I sin?” Many believe that teaching the forgiveness of Christ will cause people to go out and sin more. Paul dealt with this argument over 2,000 years ago. He responded, “By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:2). He continues to tell us that “we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. . . In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. . . For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace” (Romans 6:6,7,11,14).

The more we understand our identification with Christ, the more we understand that we have been freed from the power of sin. We are freed from sin because of the work of Christ Jesus on our behalf, not because of our law keeping. Teaching the forgiveness we have in Christ is not a license to sin – we don’t need a license to sin. The only reason people often believe this is true is because they lack an understanding of God’s unconditional love, forgiveness and acceptance. They do not understand the motivating power of Christ’s love for them.

The Bible tells us “to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:23,24). Concerning lying, for instance, we are told “to put off falsehood and speak truthfully to our neighbor, for we are all members of one body” (verse 25). Or, concerning stealing, Ephesians 4:28 says that “he who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.” In other words, stop lying and start telling the truth. Quit stealing and go to work so you can share with others. These are not laws we are to keep. Because we are children of God, it doesn’t make sense for us to continue lying or stealing.

These are just a few verses that tell us what to do when we do sin. Not one verse says to confess our sins before we can go on with life. The motivation, instead, is found in Ephesians 4:32, which says we are to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” The only way we can ever love, forgive and accept others is because Christ has first loved, forgiven and accepted us. It is true that we will treat others the way we feel God is treating us. If we feel we have to perform for God and ask His forgiveness each time we sin, we expect the same performance from everyone else. If we believe God loves us only when we do the right things, then we tend to also love others when they, too, do the right things.

The opposite is also true. Only when we understand the unconditional love, forgiveness and acceptance of God will we ever be able to share that same love with those around us. It is impossible for us to love and forgive one another if we are constantly worrying about our own acceptance to God. The simple truth is that “we love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

If we believe we must continually confess our sins in order to be loved and forgiven by God, we are actually mocking God and telling Him that Christ’s work on our behalf was not sufficient. The damage caused by this belief is extensive. There are many who are in bondage to this “law” that was created and perpetuated by man. That’s why it is so important to understand what the bible says about Christ’s finished work on the cross and our identity in Him. As we understand these truths and keep our eyes on the Lord instead of ourselves, we will see our lives change.

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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.”

 

 

 

 

An Obsession with Confession

1 John 1:9 is the verse we use to negate the good news of Christ’s finished work on the cross. The following questions will help you probe our obsession with confession and conclude with Jesus, “It is finished”

What About ...? 1 John 1:9

A. Confession cannot obtain forgiveness:

What must be done in order to receive forgiveness of sins according to Hebrews 9:22?

Hebrews 9:22
“In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

What then are you asking God to do?

Is Christ going to come back and die again according to these verses? 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 9:24-28; Hebrews 10:10-14

I Peter 3:18
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,…”

Hebrews 9:24-28
“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.”

Hebrews 10:10-14
“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of  Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time He waits for His enemies to be made His footstool, because by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”

If you are in Christ, what do you have according to Ephesians 1:7-8?

Ephesians 1:7-8
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”

Does it make sense, then, to continually ask for something you already have?

Where is the forgiveness of sins found?

Are you in him?

Since you have forgiveness, is there a need for another sacrifice for the sins you commit today or in the future according to Hebrews 10:17-18?

Hebrews 10:17-18
“Then He adds; ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’ And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.”

Who alone has the power to forgive sins?

Mark 2:7
“Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Can your confession bring about forgiveness?

What have we been given as a result of Christ’s death according to the following verse?

2 Corinthians 5:21
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Where is righteousness found?

Are you in Him?

Do we make ourselves righteous or does God provide righteousness according to Romans 5:17?

Romans 5:17
“For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

How much unrighteousness does 1 John 1:9 say we are cleansed of?

If we are cleansed of all unrighteousness, do we need more cleansing?

B. Confession cannot restore fellowship:

With this mentality, what is it that breaks your fellowship with God?

If your sins caused you to be out of fellowship with God, what then keeps you in fellowship with God?

How much of your life can you live without sinning?

So, how much of your life would you be in fellowship with God?

What does God say is the wages of sin in Romans 6:23

Romans 6:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

If you think sin breaks your fellowship with God, what are you saying is the wages of sin?

Which one is right – the wages of sin is being out of fellowship or the wages of sin is death?

If God were going to deal with you according to your sins, what would He have to do when you sinned?

Do you know of any place in the Bible that discusses being in and out of fellowship?

According to 1 Corinthians 1:8-9, who has called you into fellowship and who is able to keep you in fellowship?

1 Corinthians 1:8-9
“He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”

The Bible is very clear. The wages of sin is death and the gift of God is eternal life. It is a black and white issue with no in-between. Somewhere, however, the issue has been clouded through the concept of being in and out of fellowship. Instead of the wages of sin being death, it is now being out of fellowship. Instead of the gift of God being eternal life, it is now being in fellowship. This has watered down the gospel and has robbed literally thousands of Christians the ability to experience the abundant life Jesus promised.

When Jesus said “It is finished,’ what do you think that means?

Colossians 2:13-14
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us, He took it away, nailing it to the cross.”

Acts 26:17-18
“I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
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Psalm 103:10-12
“… He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him,- as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Isaiah 38:17
“Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In Your love You kept me from the pit of destruction; You have put all my sins behind Your back.”

Colossians 1:13-14
“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Acts 10:43
“All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.”

Matthew 26:27-28
“Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, now drink from it, all of you. This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Luke 23:34
“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up His clothes by casting lots.”

Hebrews 9:12
“He [Christ] did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”

Revelation 1:5b-6
“To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father – to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”

When Christ went to the cross, He died for our sins “once for all.” He paid the penalty of death, which is what the law demanded, so that we could experience His life. Don’t complicate the simplicity of the gospel through the fellowship issue. Recognize that you are in the fellowship, that the blood of Christ purifies you from all sin and rejoice in God’s free gift of eternal life.

 

 

 


The New Covenant

Light & Darkness in the Scriptures

Being in the light is saved
Being in darkness is lost

Light of the World - John 8:12

Luke 11:33-36
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp, of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it is dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”

Luke 16:8
“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.”

John 3:19-21
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,  so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

John 8:12
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 12:35-36
“Then Jesus told them, ‘You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.”

Acts 26:17-18
(Jesus speaking to Paul on the Damascus Road)
“I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”

Romans 1:21-23
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”

Romans 13:12-14
“The night is nearly over, the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”

2 Corinthians 4:3-6
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

2 Corinthians 6:14-16
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and unrightsousness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.”

Ephesians 4:17-18
“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.”

Ephesians 5:8-14
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said. ‘Wake up, 0 sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 6:12
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Colossians 1:12-13
“…the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Thessalonians 5:4-9
“But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like the others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Timothy 6:15b-16
“God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To Him be honor and might forever. Amen.”

Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

I John 1:5-7
“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God Is light, In Him there Is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every sin.”

I John 2:8-11
“Yet I am writing you a new command, its truth is seen in Him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”

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Traditions & Truth

What is Malachi 3:16 really saying?

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Rene learns that Malachi was written to the descendants of Jacob, so was not intended for her. Tithing of food, etc. was done for the purpose of supporting the Levitical priesthood under the Old Covenant. The scroll of remembrance (3:16), written by the Jews, had the names of those people faithful to God.

 

Are the 10 Commandments Still in Effect Today?

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Andy wonders if we are still to obey the Ten Commandments. All Mosaic Law was given under the Old Covenant. We are now to live in the New Covenant, walking by faith in the love of Christ Jesus. The Law’s only purpose is to make lost people conscious of their sin and their need for a Savior.

 

The Meaning of “Sins You Forgive Will be Forgiven by God”

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Todd learns that scriptures are sometimes not translated correctly from the Greek. The incorrect tense used in John 20:23 is one example. Jesus was talking to His disciples after his resurrection. This verse should read: “If you forgive anyone his sins, they have already been forgiven…” (by Jesus).

 

Why is Forgiveness Described as Positional, Forensic or Judicial?

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Many are confused about positional, forensic and judicial forgiveness. These terms are not biblical, and there is no basis for their use. 1 John 1:9 also confuses many people. This passage about salvation was written to lost people. The original Greek reads, “ …to have forgiven us…” instead of “…will forgive us…”.

 

How do Small Children Get to Heaven When They Die?

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Mark wonders if small children go to heaven when they die. How do they get salvation? We are not told the answer to this question in the Scriptures. However, we can definitely trust God with His decision. Little children, as well as people who do not have full mental capacity, are in the hands of a perfectly loving and just God.

 

Does Hebrews 6 & 10 Teach You Can Lose Your Salvation?

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Hebrews 6:4-6 is frequently misunderstood. Many think it teaches that we can lose our salvation. The people mentioned are those who were enlightened for a time but had merely tasted God’s salvation. Then they returned to their false beliefs. They fell away without repenting from the sin of unbelief.

 

Contrast Water vs. Holy Spirit Baptism

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Edwin is confused about water and Holy Spirit baptism. Water baptism is done by man, and baptism by the Holy Spirit is done by God. The Holy Spirit then places the new believer in the body of Christ. Holy Spirit baptism saves you. Water baptism doesn’t save anyone. It testifies to the miracle that has already happened.

 

1996 P2P Broadcasts Continued…

August 20

Subjects: Gospel Baptism Forgiveness Prayer

      August 20 1996

 

September 24

Subjects: Evangelism Bible Study Law and Grace Word of God

      September 24 1996

 

September 26

Subjects: Homosexuality Salvation Resurrection

      September 26 1996

 

October 1

Subjects: Sin Righteousness

      October 1 1996

 

October 9

Subjects: Repentance 1 John 1:9 Politics Tithing

      October 9 1996

 

December 11

Subjects: Predestination Healing Joy

      December 11 1996

 

December 17

Subjects: Christmas New Covenant Family Law and Grace

      December 17 1996

 

More P2P Radio Broadcasts from 1996…

1995 P2P Broadcasts Continued…

May 16

Subjects: Blasphemy Eternal Security Forgiveness

      May 16 1995

 

July 12

Subjects: Abiding Lord's Supper Mormonism Confession

      July 12 1995

 

August 29

Subjects: Legalism 1 John 1:9 Prayer

      August 29 1995

 

August 30

Subjects: Depression Forgiveness Demons

      August 30 1995

 

November 28

Subjects: Marriage Worry Salvation

      November 28 1995

 

November 29

Subjects: Fear depression Acceptance Cults

      November 29 1995

 

More P2P Radio Broadcasts from 1995…

Bob George Quotes

Memorable Quotes from Bob George

“I experienced the greatest miracle anyone could ever witness. I found the deepest need of my heart satisfied by the Lord Jesus Christ. God took a man with an empty heart and He filled it with Himself.”

“Quite frankly, it’s a line that is split right down the middle of humanity as to whether we’re going to listen to Truth that comes from Jesus or whether we’re going to listen to error that comes from the world.”

“No one came out of their mother’s womb saying “Praise, Jesus”. We were born dead spiritually and that’s the problem of mankind, spiritual death.”

“I was thinking today, the world is spelled W-O-R-L-D and the Word is spelled W-O-R-D. The only difference is the “L”. You know what the “L” stands for? Lies. The lies of the world in comparison to the Truth of God.”

“He entered into my death with me so that I could enter into His resurrection with Him. He died for me then so that He can live in me now.”

“The finality of the cross is the key that unlocks the grace of God.”

“Trying to live the Christian life is like trying to crack a stone with a wet noodle….you can’t do it.”

“Many people come TO the cross but never go THROUGH the cross to the empty tomb to find the living Christ.”

“The cross cleared the deck for the divine action of the resurrection, raising you and me from the dead.”

“Some might have an enlightened mind, but an unregenerate spirit. People are often ‘professors’ of Christ but are not ‘possessors’ of Christ.”

“Do you follow Christ or are you led by His Spirit? They are two different things.”

“The most exciting thing about the Christian life is TODAY! Christ in you, your hope of glory.”

“The Law keeps your mind on what YOU are doing. Grace keeps your mind on Him and what He is doing.”

“Many Christians live a Dracula Christianity – dead today, alive tomorrow, dead today, alive tomorrow. They have no hope and don’t know they already HAVE eternal life.”

“Jesus gave His life FOR us; so He could give His life TO us; so that He could live His life THROUGH us.”

“Forgiven isn’t something we get – it’s something we are.”

“Religion makes you mean as a hornet.”

“Light shines brightest in darkness. As light dispels darkness, truth dispels error.”

“Truth sets you free. Error binds you.”

“Atonement covered sin. Christ took away sin!”

“Adam was created alive spiritually with the option to choose death. We are born dead spiritually with the option to choose life.”

“A person (natural man) cannot receive Christ’s provision until he understands his condition.”

“He died for us then so He could live in us now.”

“Jesus laid down His life for us, so He could give His life to us, so He could live His life through us.”

“1 John 1:9 has been used as a Christian bar of soap.”

“You’re not saved by your denominational affiliation.”

“Jesus proclaimed the New, but taught under the Old (Covenant).”

“Jesus Christ ‘died for my sins’ is the half-gospel. Jesus ‘died for my sins and rose to give me life’ is the Full Gospel.”

“When Christ died for your sins 2000 years ago, how many of them were in the future? ALL OF THEM.”

“The bible is uniquely a book written for the purpose of getting to know the author.”

“The reason church benches are called pews…is because so many ‘dead’ people sit there.”

“We’re not saved by the death of Christ…but by the LIFE of Christ.”

“The Moral Majority is neither.”

“The Church isn’t the building on the corner of ‘WALK’ and ‘DON’T WALK.'”

“Circumstances don’t cause your nature, they reveal your nature.”

“Your emotions predictably respond to what your mind is thinking.”

“Without Christ’s Life, you are a forgiven corpse. And a corpse stinketh.”

“Peter was a Compassionate Compromiser. Paul was a Terrifying Truth-Teller.”

“(People say Christianity is a crutch) Christ isn’t a crutch. He’s my legs!”

“We can’t isolate our kids from the world. We insulate them with Truth.”

“What we depend upon controls us.”

“You don’t become a Christian by sitting in a Church anymore than you become a Chicken by sitting in a Hen house.”

“Any lost person can do what we call Worship. We raise up our hands, but should be clutching our chest (because He lives in us).”

“The goal of the Christian Life is not to stop sinning…but to start loving.”

“There is no sin that you or I are incapable of committing, given the right set (mix, combination) of circumstances.”

“God doesn’t grade on the curve, where a lie gets a 2, stealing gets a 6, or adultery gets a 9.”

“We tend to judge those who commit the kind of sins that we don’t.”

Classic Teaching from Bob George

Classic Christianity Radio

Listen to Classic Christianity radio with Bob George daily, where Bob’s clear and timeless teachings on the complete forgiveness and unconditional love of Jesus Christ will transform your life as you learn about God’s amazing grace. Join Bob as he teaches us from God’s word. Some days also include special radio shows, featuring call in listeners from Bob’s original People to People daily radio program that was on the air for over 30 years, offering real answers for real life problems as he addresses common questions as well as the tough issues of today, directing callers to the centrality of Christ in you, the only hope of glory. Let’s now join Bob George as he offers practical biblical insights as he helps people experience faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ.

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What About …? 1 John 1:9

What About ...? 1 John 1:9
Order Today: What About …? 1 John 1:9

What About 1 John 1:9 continues to be asked countless times. This booklet will help many people know that Christ died for their sins once and for all and that they are forgiven forever!

This small pocket 25 page booklet is excellent for witnessing to others about God’s complete forgiveness for both the Christian and for sharing Christ with others that do not know Jesus, and are still stuck in their religion.

Free shipping on the single booklet.

Below is an excerpt from the book “What About …? 1 John 1:9”

“Any good theologian will tell you that it’s intellectual suicide to build an entire doctrine around one verse of scripture. But that’s exactly what we have done with 1 John 1:9. Nowhere else in the New Testament, from the cross on, is the concept of asking God’s forgiveness mentioned. The Apostle Paul never broached the subject. He didn’t have too. He stood firm in the fact that he was a forgiven person and that those to whom he wrote were forgiven people.

When God took away our sins, He took all of them—He bought us, knowing our past, present and future. Jesus paid the debt in full.”

Order “What About …? 1 John 1:9” Today!


My father went to be with the Lord June 1st, 2018. Our family misses him but we know that we will see him again. Please keep our family in your prayers. Dad loved Jesus and was one of the first people to ever teach the message of grace. Dad had a heart for people who struggled and needed to know that there is hope in Jesus. He helped so many people to have a deeper understanding of God’s unconditional love and complete acceptance..
– Debbie George Cannaday

Celebrate the life of Robert Franklyn George, leave a kind word or memory.

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Dallas Christian Radio KAAM 770-AM Announcement

Dallas Christian Radio KAAM 770-AM

Bob George Ministries is excited to announce the expansion of Classic Christianity Radio to the Dallas area! Listen weekday mornings at 10:30 AM – CT on KAAM 770-AM. We would like to extend a special thanks to Crawford Broadcasting for giving us this wonderful opportunity! Please pray along with us as we ask the Lord to bless this program and bring many people to Christ through the radio broadcasts.

Welcome – Feel Free to Browse, Listen and Learn about Jesus!

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Born Free Slide Show
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Born Free witnessing booklets are sold in packs of 25. Born Free is an excellent tool for sharing the truth about salvation with your family and friends. This 17-page booklet explains in detail the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and what is necessary to accept Jesus as Savior. It’s perfect for leading someone step-by-step into a saving relationship with Christ.

Purchase packets of Born Free today.

Radio Announcement for Colorado Area:

  • Bob George Ministries Presents
  • Classic Christianity Radio with Bob George
  • Listen on KLTT AM 670 Radio: Denver, Colorado
  • Weekdays at 11:00 am Mountain Time

Coverage – KLTT 670 AM, Denver, is a 50,000-watt radio station with one of the largest coverage areas (32,000 square miles) of any station in the nation! KLTT reaches a five state region, including most of Colorado, and well over 5-million people.

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We at Bob George Ministries are so thankful to God for each of you for your prayers and support of the ministry. Because of your prayers and support it has made this possible to be on the radio air waves in Colorado. We look forward to being able to be on more radio stations in the future.

Join Bob George Ministries and listen in:

  • Listen online with your computer at: www.670KLTT.com – Weekdays at 11:00 AM Mountain Time

Other ways to listen:

Download the free “TuneIn Radio” app for your smart phone, Android phone, iPhone, iPad and tablets. Download TuneIn Radio and add KLTT Radio to your list of favorites.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20,21

Grace and peace be with you in Jesus,

Bob and Amy George, Debbie George Cannaday and Jim Warholic

Bob George Ministries
3411 Preston Road, Suite C13166
Frisco, Texas 75034

Websites: BobGeorge.net and ClassicChristianity.com

Purchase teaching materials at: shop.bobgeorge.net
Purchase MP3 audio files at: store.bobgeorge.net

Goodbye Is Not Forever by Amy George

New CDs and MP3 CDs Available for Purchase

We now have a number of Bob George teaching on audio CDs available for purchase from the Bob George Ministries eCommerce store.

  • Experiencing the Forgiveness of God – Taking the double talk out of a single event.
  • The Heart of the Gospel
  • The New Covenant – Entering God’s Rest
  • Law and Grace
  • How to Have a Proper Self-Image
  • Our Eternal Inheritance
  • Marriage a Matter of Identification
  • Victory Over Depression
  • The Gospel of John (40 lessons MP3 discs – Info on MP3 Players)

Born Free (25 Pack)

Born FreeSold in packs of 25, Born Free is an excellent tool for sharing the truth about salvation with your family and friends. This 17-page booklet explains in detail the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and what is necessary to accept Jesus as Savior. It’s perfect for leading someone step-by-step into a saving relationship with Christ.

Purchase: Born Free (10 Packs) – Now Available!
Purchase: Bible Study Books – A Closer Look Series – Now Available!

All eight of the Closer Look Series of Studies by Bob George have now been added for listening pleasure. A closer look at Your Identity in Christ was just added on 05/22/2013. These teaching series, presented by Bob George in his down-to-earth style, are classic truths of Jesus Christ, that are key to understanding the things of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you on your life’s journey with Him.

Experience Victory Over Depression Today – Click to Purchase

Bob George Ministries eCommerce store shop.bobgeorge.net is now open for physical goods orders and listen to daily radio shows at store.bobgeorge.net

Remember, Jesus is the Message

The message that we are preaching is not about ourselves but about Jesus the Lord. Jesus is the reason and the message is Jesus.
[ref. 2 Corinthians 4: 5-6]


Bob George Ministries is now accepting tax-deductible donations.
With Three Ways of Donating: Check, PayPal, and Google Wallet

Miracle of a Lifetime

We invite you to listen to the last on-the-air radio message from Bob George.

Take a Closer Look at The Finality of The Cross

Listen to the bible study, a Closer Look at the Finality of the Cross. Follow along with Bob George as he teaches what the finality of the cross really means for us today. Gain a better understanding of how the Cross is the dividing line of human history.

Jesus Christ Has Risen! Truly, He Is Risen!

Jesus Has Risen! Indeed He Is Risen!Posted by Bob George: via Admin

The Empty Tomb – Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter … Continue reading and listen to message →

Listen to a Closer Look at: Law & Grace, Faith, Hope, and Love, and
The Reality of the Resurrection.

Jesus Changes EverythingJesus Changes Everything

It’s Time to Embrace God’s Unconditional Love

Grace changes everything because of one often-ignored foundation of the faith—the New Covenant.

Many Christians feel anything but new. They are told salvation is a free gift, but trying to live up to what they think God demands seems like anything but a gift. Feel free? They don’t. I explain how this results from basing Christianity in the Old Testament—making the faith a law-based religion.

But the New Covenant God has put in place, through Christ’s death, changes everything. Readers will see the joyful truth that:

  • effort, guilt, and fear from living under law give way to rest and peace from realizing their relationship with God doesn’t
    depend on their performance
  • motivation by punishment is replaced by inner motivation through God’s complete acceptance
  • the experience of distance from God gives way to the experience of His unconditional love.

Purchase the book: Jesus Changes Everything: It’s Time to Embrace God’s Unconditional Love


Classic ChristianityThe story of Classic Christianity is truly miraculous. Since its initial release in 1989, I have seen God use this book in ways I could never have planned, dreamed, or even remotely imagined.

My desire was that God would use it to call people back to “Classic Christianity”. Over these past 20 years, Classic Christianity, has found its way into the hands of world leaders, Christian missionaries, churches, pastors, and ministry leaders. Copies are circulating behind prison walls, are being passed around entire congregations, and are finding their way to individuals who are burned out and bogged down by religion.

I believe God is calling people back to the simplicity of the gospel…back to His grace, mercy, and truth…back to the person of Jesus Christ. Respond to His call, and experience the freedom that is yours in Him.

Read some of the life changing comments from readers of the book, Classic Christianity.

Purchase: Classic Christianity: Life’s Too Short to Miss the Real Thing

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