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1 John 1:8-10; James 5:16; Matthew 5:23

1 John 1:8-10; James 5:16; Matthew 5:23


I. There seems to have a direct link between sin and illnesses (cf. Psalm 38:3-4)

1. Sin (dishonorable practices) in believers’ life brings corruption and illness like toxins in the blood which needs dialysis
2. Healing from sin results in healing from illnesses

II. We use “confession” in three different ways

1. A private confession of sin by the believer in prayer to God (Psalm 51:3-5, 32:5)
2. A private confession of sin by the believer to another believer (James 5:16)
3. A public confession of sin by the believer before the Christian community, possibly in the context of a worship service (Ezra, Nehemiah, Daniel, and on the Day of Atonement, Zacchaeus [Luke 19:1-10])

III. What is confession not?

1. Believers do not confess in order to be born again, because they are already born-again, which is “one-time act”
2. Believers do not confess so that they can do more (it is not a license to indulge in sin)
3. It is not recollection of the past mistakes and boast about them
4. It is not a religious duty which believers do mechanically

IV. What is confession?

1. Confession is believer’s intentional act in which he acknowledges humbly his sinful act in/to himself or to others (which is ultimately committed against God) The Inventory

(a) Abusive towards a person who is passive or less socially/financially strong
(b) Selfish (inability to put off, dishonest, self-seeking)
(c) Compulsive behaviors
(d) Swollen instinct (sex, security, and social significance)
(e) Too demanding in your marriage relationship
(f) Involved in emotional affairs
(g) Exaggeration of one’s needs
(h) Authoritarian or power-mad, trying to control and command

(2) Confession is believer’s intentional act for the purpose of getting release from the offenses of the act

(a) Healed (James 5:16)
(b) Be forgiven so that one can have continuous fellowship with God who is light (1 John 1:8-10)
(c) Confession is equivalent to dialysis

V. What goes before “confession”?

1. See Psalm 51 & 32

VI. What goes after “confession”?

1. Restitution (Matthew 5:23; cf. Exodus 22:1, 3-6, 14; Leviticus 6:2-5) (it is not done to receive salvation, but it is an evidence of salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit)

(a) Wherever possible and as much as possible, ask forgiveness
(b) Wherever possible and as much as possible, fix that which you broke
(c) Wherever possible and as much as possible, give what you owe

VII. Take Away

Make an inventory with a contrite heart, confess your acts of offense to God and to the people offended, and make restitution wherever and as much as possible

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at