willieH: Hi James...
Where do you think the IF factors in, i.e., "if we confess our sins.."? Perhaps that as believers we will do so as a result of Him working through us? But then again, it doesn't say when, it says if...
The Christian Bible translates as "If we are continually acknowledging the things that we have done that are wrong, He is going to be trustworthy and just to forgive us for our wrongdoings and make us clean from all injustice."
CLT has "If we should be avowing our sins, He is faithful and just that He may be pardoning us our sins and should be cleansing us from all injustice."
Also, anyone address the "what if I murdered my neighbor" scenario? Or if you murdered your neighbor, what would you do regarding that sin? And why, based on what scriptures?
OK, I'll get out of this discussion a bit and let folks kick it around. Thanks.
This is another of the "might" things... Like, John 3:17
-- that the world through Him, ..."MIGHT"... be saved.
Does this mean that the SAVING of the WORLD in "in question", because the word "MIGHT" appears in this verse? Or is the deal DONE, and the word "MIGHT" is a VEHICULAR designation of surety... as opposed to an unsurety?
When we INCORRECTLY observe this word "IF"... then it transposes the "cleansing" of SIN, as due to OUR deed of confessing, ...as opposed to HIS HOLY impression on us that TRULY brought forth that confession. Phil 2:10-11
--- EVERY knee shall bow, and tongue CONFESS... in the which is the "TAKING AWAY of SIN".
In the confession of CHRIST
is the cleansing, NOT due to us, but due to HIM, for He is the Lamb which has TAKEN it AWAY... John 1:29
-- and it is HE and HIS INFLUENCE upon our hearts, that causes that confession to come forth, that HE "might" take it away!