THREE 'IFS' IN BIBLE
I John 1:8-10
This is not to say there are only three 'ifs' in the Bible, but
we are only considering three in the verses of our text.
The first "if" we wish to consider is in vs.8: "If we say that
we have no sin,...". I can't imagine how anyone could possibly
say they have no sin; or in other words, 'that they have not sinned'.
The Bible clearly states: "For all have sinned, and come
short of the glory of God;" -- Romans 3:23. One is woefully deceived
if he says he has not sinned. It would be wonderful if
one did not err after initially being washed from their sins, as is
stated in Rev.1:5. The truth is that provision has been made for
those who do sin, in one for or another. Peter is an example of
such a one. Luke 5:5-11 shows Peter to be disobedient to the
bidding of the Lord. Hear his words in vs. 8.
Vs.9 reveals a means of solving our sin problem. We must
"confess our sins". Men have become confused as to how, and
to whom we "confess our sins" to. Historically, men have confessed
sin to 'men' (other persons). This is # 1, in our consideration.
This has been sorely abused by some; even to the point of
extortion. We should consider vs. 8 as directing us to confess our
sin to Him. He, it is, that can forgive our sins,for they are basicly,
if not wholly, against Him. This is not to say we should not
confess our sinned toward individuals whom we may have sinned
against. They may not forgive such a one, but He will.
'Sinless perfection' is a dream of ignorant mankind. It leads
to further depths of sin as vs. 10 reveals. "He is faithful", vs. 9. DDH