What About Our Relationship with the Lord – Are We Secure As Believers or Does God Stop Fellowshipping with Us – (Letters to a Friend Series)

1 John 1:9 – The Bible (KJV) – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Question Mark YellowSome teach that this verse is telling believers how to receive restoration of broken fellowship with God. This teaching puts the onus on us to keep our relationship with God in good standing. If this is the case, we are obliged to become introspective, always watching ourselves to be sure nothing we have thought, said, or done, or not done, could have caused God to stop fellowshipping with us.

ALTERNATIVELY…

Read the entire first chapter of 1 John with some knowledge of church history, and be freed from this unreasonable burden.

Gnostics had infiltrated the early church. They did not believe that salvation came by Jesus dying on the cross, and they did not believe that they had sin. John addressed the Gnostics, contending with them, and offering them the gospel in 1 John 1:9.

I found an article online that explains in depth the beliefs of the Gnostics and the result of our misunderstanding 1 John 1:9.

Why did the Gnostics claim to be “without sin”?

The following article has an interesting historical and biblical perspective:

1 John 1:9

 

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About Carol Ann Hoel

The new me - Carol Ann. More suitably said, the old me in new circumstances of life. Again. My history has developed in parts and chapters. In person, I am Wife, Mom, Grandma, Author, and Writer, in that order, more or less. Life is good because God is good.
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2 Responses to What About Our Relationship with the Lord – Are We Secure As Believers or Does God Stop Fellowshipping with Us – (Letters to a Friend Series)

  1. pattisj says:

    You bring up an interesting point here. Too often Scripture is taken out of context to fit someone’s doctrine.

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    • Yes, you are right, Patti. Some that know the truth may prefer error, as did the Pharisees.

      The teachers that taught me the losing-fellowship-with-God doctrine I now believe were wrong, but they taught me what they were taught. They accepted it themselves the same way I did.

      Thank God that we don’t have to be right about everything to be held safely in the arms of His unfailing love. We need to believe that Jesus died on the cross, paid for our sins, was raised from the dead, and has the power to save us, and keep us for Himself forever. Once saved by His grace, His child forever to be!

      Yet, it is a blessing to know here and now that we are secure in His abiding love. We need not fear his disfavor at every turn in life. We may boldly enter the secret place and commune with Him any time. Beholding His beauty, we will be conformed to His image, one day to be like Him completely. Thanks for your comment. You are so right! Blessings to you…

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