Many people claim to follow Jesus, but John gives us a stark warning about claiming to be someone we are not. The result will be devastating. Self-deception is very serious. How do you know that you are not self deceived? The Scripture says that a person who has repented will show it by living it out.
The word “repentance” suggests a person who has turn from a life without God to one who lives for Him.
Who would Jesus see if He would stand in front of you looking into your eyes and seeing your soul? Will your soul reflect Jesus Christ, or just you? Your soul is a mirror, and when Jesus stands in front of you, He wants to see Himself in you. If He sees only you, then you don’t belong to Him, showing that you don’t live out who you say you are. But, if Jesus sees Himself, then you are living according to His Word and doing His will.
In verse 9, reality sinks in and states that if your life is not mirroring the life of Jesus, you will be condemned and cast into the Lake of Fire. Jesus wants you to repent and change your life of sin into a life of righteousness as found in the Scriptures. He wants to bless you and reward you for obeying Him. How can He do those things if you are living in rebellion and sin?
23″When he was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 When he saw one of them being mistreated, he came to his rescue and avenged the oppressed man by striking down the Egyptian.
Judgment against an Egyptian. When Moses was 40 Years old, he stroke down an Egyptian to rescue one of his people.
7 Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.
Moses lived 40 years in Midian (Exodus 3:1) when God called him to pronounce judgment against Pharaoh by way of God’s plagues.
32 But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. 33 Your children will be shepherds in the wilderness for forty years and bear the penalty for your acts of unfaithfulness until all your corpses lie scattered in the wilderness. 34 You will bear the consequences of your iniquities forty years based on the number of the forty days that you scouted the land, a year for each day. You will know my displeasure.
The judgment of 40 years. The judgment that was pronounced against the Israelites for not trusting in the LORD their God. They died in the wilderness without seeing the promised land.
7 Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his eyes were not weak, and his vitality had not left him.
After 40 years of freeing Israel from the bondage of slavery in Egypt, judgment was pronounced against Moses. He violated the LORD’s command by striking the rock (Numbers 20:6-12).
Most of the time in Scripture, the number 40 means judgment, as also seen in…
4 Seven days from now I will make it rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing I have made I will wipe off the face of the earth.”
Within 40 days and nights, God will judge, and destroy the an habitants of the earth with the animals because of their constant evil acts.
4 Jonah set out on the first day of his walk in the city and proclaimed, “In forty days Nineveh will be demolished!” 5 Then the people of Nineveh believed God. They proclaimed a fast and dressed in sackcloth—from the greatest of them to the least.
God gave the city of Nineveh 40 days to repent or else He was going to pour out His wrath on it. The people of Nineveh heeded the prophet Jonah’s warning and turned from their wickedness to repentance.
What is Scripture trying to tell us with the number 40? God has limits to a person’s continuous rejection of His calling for repentance. The consequences are very serious.
In all the verses mentioned, God give them time to repent, and to those that did, they didn’t receive God’s wrath. But to those that did not repent, God’s full wrath was poured out on them.
If the Holy Spirit is convicting you today of something that you did that God considers evil, repent. Remember, He is giving you time. Don’t let that time pass you by before judgment gets pronounced on you.
“For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.”
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you your wrongdoing.”
If you notice that forgiveness from the Father starts with your relationship with other people when it comes to showing them forgiveness.
The phrase “your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.” It assumes that the individual will ask [repent] for forgiveness when he falls into sin.
By forgiving those who wronged you, it shows a characteristic of God in you. When you go to the Lord to confess your sins, He will forgive you.
Also, in both Matthew 6 & Mark 11, the statement is future tense. The passage is not only referring to when it occurs at the moment but, when it happens in the future which means that repenting is an ongoing process as we are living in a sinful body on a sinful world.
1 John 1:8-10
8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
To say that we do not sin anymore is to claim that we do nothing wrong all the time. That is self-deception. A person who convinces himself to believe that and does not confess his sins to the Lord, his relationship with Jesus who is the truth starts to die according to the passage in verse 8.
By confessing our sins to Jesus, He will faithfully, all the time we repent, forgive us and put us in right standing with Him again. When a child of God is in disobedience, He will not use us as we are in sin and He is a holy God as Isaiah 59:2 reveals, “But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen.”
Sin is a wall that gets between you and God. The wall will separate you from the Lord which will hinder your prayers from reaching Him as sin keeps you away from His presence. We see this in Micah 3:4 which says, “Then they will cry out to the LORD, but He will not answer them. At that time He will hide His face from them because of the evil they have done.”
1 John 2:1
“My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One.”
Advocate-[an intercessor] When we sin and go to Jesus to confess our sins, He will support us and speak on our behalf to the Father in heaven.
God’s Word helps us from sinning against the Lord and keeps us in right standing by feeding our faith. We see this in Psalms 119:9 which says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word.”
In verse 11 of the same chapter, it says, “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.”
The Scriptures are very clear, confess your sins to Jesus so that your relationship with Him stays strong or else it will start to deteriorate.