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Luke 15:18: Father I have Sinned

LUKE 15:18 - Charles Spurgeon Devotional

LUKE 15:18 – Charles Spurgeon Devotional

LUKE 15:18

Evening Devotional for February 18 by Charles Spurgeon

“Father, I have sinned.”
Luke 15:18

It is quite certain that those whom Christ has washed in His precious blood need not make a confession of sin, as culprits or criminals, before God the Judge, for Christ has for ever taken away all their sins in a legal sense, so that they no longer stand where they can be condemned, but are once for all accepted in the Beloved; but having become children, and offending as children, ought they not every day to go before their heavenly Father and confess their sin, and acknowledge their iniquity in that character? Nature teaches that it is the duty of erring children to make a confession to their earthly father, and the grace of God in the heart teaches us that we, as Christians, owe the same duty to our heavenly father. We daily offend, and ought not to rest without daily pardon. For, supposing that my trespasses against my Father are not at once taken to Him to be washed away by the cleansing power of the Lord Jesus, what will be the consequence? If I have not sought forgiveness and been washed from these offences against my Father, I shall feel at a distance from Him; I shall doubt His love to me; I shall tremble at Him; I shall be afraid to pray to Him: I shall grow like the prodigal, who, although still a child, was yet far off from his father. But if, with a child’s sorrow at offending so gracious and loving a Parent, I go to Him and tell Him all, and rest not till I realize that I am forgiven, then I shall feel a holy love to my Father, and shall go through my Christian career, not only as saved, but as one enjoying present peace in God through Jesus Christ my Lord. There is a wide distinction between confessing sin as a culprit, and confessing sin as a child. The Father’s bosom is the place for penitent confessions. We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.
–Charles Spurgeon

Who was Charles Spurgeon?

Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptistpreacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers”. He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day.

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  1. laura says:

    Can’t lose your salvation?! Huh?! Better actually read the Holy Bible, for it says repeatedly that you can. Don’t confess?! That’s heresy, also contradicts the Word.

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    • Laura,

      Thank you for taking the time to stop and leave a comment.

      This subject is one which should provoke study for anyone who loves the Word. This reply may be a bit lengthy.

      There are two camps–both composed of God-fearing people–who are so far apart on this issue. That should raise some eyebrows. But it doesn’t. It raises indignation, as in your comment, but really, what does the Bible say?

      “Don’t confess?! That’s heresy, also contradicts the Word.”

      Not sure where you got that idea from the above. I have reread it thinking that perhaps I missed something, but I don’t see that in the text.

      “Can’t lose your salvation?! Huh?! Better actually read the Holy Bible, for it says repeatedly that you can.”

      Yes. I held to this position for years because this is the position that I was raised with as a Catholic. When I became saved, this was still the position that was taught.

      Sounded reasonable. It was, after all, what I was used to.

      However, there has to be something said for the other side’s position.

      Unless we are willing to just dismiss scripture that doesn’t fit our doctrine–which all too many are willing to do these days. What are we to make of the following?

      “Ye [believers] are sealed for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30)

      I agree with you: I do not believe in “eternal security” for everyone who proclaims they are saved.

      However, the Bible is clear that the true believer has assurances of his salvation. The Catholic position is that one can NEVER be assured of salvation–that’s why the Catholic Church and it’s rituals and priests are so important. In fact, to believe one is saved in Catholicism makes one guilty of the sin of presumption. That is not biblical.

      The Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29b)

      Jesus said “I give them eternal life.” Can one accuse Jesus of being a liar? Does God or Jesus renege on their promises? Is God a man that He should lie?

      The Bible says that the names of the saved are written in the book of life before the foundations of the world. Is that true?

      “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
      –Revelation 17:8

      We are told we can lay our salvation down. But can a person who has truly experienced the life-changing new birth walk away? I have never been able to imagine that. I would NEVER go back to a life of willful sin. The entire concept is not only unthinkable, it is undo-able to me. And if you knew my former life, that is something truly amazing.

      I have heard it said “I know this person. They were saved. I know they were saved and they walked away.” Is that statement true? Can anyone truly know the heart of a human except for God?

      How do we reconcile the following with a true believer losing his salvation?

      “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
      Romans 8:38-39

      Are we not to believe Paul? Is he just waxing eloquent? What is the difference between one who feels they have a duty to repent every day or they will go to hell and the Catholic who is terrified of dying in between confessions?

      So, what do we do? We have many Bible verses which tell us to repent and confess our sins. We have many telling us that the true believer’s salvation is assured (the entire book of 1 John).

      We know the Bible does not contradict itself. So what do we do?

      Many ignore Bible verses which do not fit their doctrine. But are we to ignore any of God’s Word? Aren’t we supposed to listen to the “whole counsel of God?”

      There has to be something that earlier Christians knew that has been “wrung out” of the Church’s modern teachings. Otherwise, the Bible contradicts itself.

      This devotion by Spurgeon was one of the best I’d seen at reconciling those seemingly-disparate positions that I have come across. That is why it was posted.

      Thanks again for your comment.

      Like

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