Way to Christ
1. WHAT instruction is given concerning confession of sin?
"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. 5:6,7.
2. How futile
is it to attempt to hide sin from God?
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.
promise is made to those who confess their sins?
"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.
different results attend the covering and the confessing of sins?
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso
forsaketh them shall have mercy." Prov. 28:13.
definite should we be in confessing our sins?
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 wrong-doing?
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 Sam. 12:19.
David confessed his sin, what did he say God did?
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. 32:5.
8. Upon what
did he rest his hope for forgiveness?
"Have mercy upon me, O God,
according to Thy loving-kindness: according 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 forgiveness?
"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
that fear Him." Ps. 103:11.
11. How fully does the Lord pardon when
"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.
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?
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.
prayer did Moses offer in behalf of Israel?
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.
reply did the Lord immediately make?
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?
was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and
ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Luke 15:20.
17. How did
the father show his joy at his son's return?
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."
18. What is
felt in heaven when a sinner repents?
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. 38:17.
completely does God wish to separate sin from us?
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?
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.
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 unpardonable sin?
"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. 12:31,32.
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. 6:12.
spirit must those cherish whom God forgives?
"For if 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 14,15.
exhortation is based on the fact that God has forgiven us?
ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even
as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph. 4:32.
28. In what
condition is one whose sins are forgiven?
"Blessed is 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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