“The importance of 1 John 1:9 for the ‘born again’ Christian” 9/24/2020 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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“The importance of 1 John 1:9 for the ‘born again’ Christian”

1 John 1:9 …  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (NKJV)

This is such a short piece of scripture, and yet it should be written on the hearts and minds of every “born again” Christian…

Once our sins have been confessed before God, repented of, and turned from…we are at that moment in time deemed righteous before a just and Holy God…  I am not speaking about our positional imputed righteousness, where we have been forgiven of our lifetime of sins and imputed with the righteousness of Christ… We as “born again” believers are always positionally righteous in God’s eyes…  I am speaking of our practical righteousness, which becomes unrighteousness, when we have unconfessed sins residing in our hearts…

There are several pieces of scripture explaining the imputed righteousness of Christ…  [See reference 1. Below for a link to 24 Bible Verses about imputed Righteousness]

1 John 1:9  [the confession of our sins before God] should be done after each and every sin the Holy Spirit convicts us that we have committed…  And we should be in sweet fellowship with the Lord, before we engage in any godly activities…  I can think of at least 5 things where 1 John 1:9 should be invoked…A) before we pray…B) before we read scripture…C) before we open our hearts and minds to hearing a sermon in church on Sunday… D) before we share our faith with someone who has not yet been saved by God’s grace alone…and E) before we take part in Communion at church…  But before I go into detail on each of these 5 important aspects of the Christians life…let me explain what confessing our sins before God does “to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”

When we have confessed our sins before God, we are at that moment in time as perfect in God’s eyes as we can be, until we sin again… Our walk with the Lord is a moment by moment endeavor… The Apostle Paul penned this for the Ephesians who were believers, (and us), in…

Ephesians 5:18…  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, (NKJV)

Being be filled with the Spirit, means we have humbled ourselves to being controlled by the Holy Spirit living within our heart, mind, and soul…  And when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, God gives us the supernatural power to Walk in the Spirit…  The Apostle Paul also penned this, in…

Galatians 5:16…   I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  (NKJV)

When we are walking in and by the FULL power of the Holy Spirit…we will listen to and obey His guidance…  My friends this is not always easy to do…because we must put aside our own wants and desires, and humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God…  Once we understand that God is sovereign, and that He doesn’t ever make any mistakes…it should be a no-brainer that we always listen to and obey the urging of the Holy Spirit…  But sadly…this process of being conformed into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29), doesn’t happen all at once…  It is a learned experience…  It is called “Progressive Sanctification”, and it is a lifelong process…  [See reference number 2. Below, for an excellent description of “Progressive Sanctification”]

It is the Holy Spirit that God has given to ALL of His redeemed children, that will guide them…teach them…and keep them on a path that God will see and bless abundantly, for every good work…   We see this penned by the Apostle Paul, in…

2 Corinthians 9:8…  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  (NKJV)

But any unconfessed sin in our lives will disrupt God’s plans for us living in His will…  You see, sin residing in our heart, hinders, and even breaks our fellowship we have with the Lord…  God’s Word tells us that God won’t hear our prayers if we have sin residing in our hearts… Here are 3 scripture verses that confirm this…Psalm 66:18, Isaiah 59:1-2, and 1 Peter 3:12

Isaiah 59:1-2…  Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will nothear(NKJV)

This brings me to the first of five reasons that 1 John 1:9 should be written on our hearts and minds, and prayed…

A) Before we pray:

We want God to hear our prayers, but so often we don’t even realize we have hidden sins residing in our hearts…  God’s Word tells us our hearts are deceitful above all things, in…

Jeremiah 17:9…  “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”  (NKJV)

King David knew this, which is why he asked God to show him any hidden sins, so that he could confess them, turn from them, and do what is right in God’s eyes…  We see David’s prayer to God to search his heart, in…

Psalm 139:23-24…  Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (NKJV)

I make this prayer virtually every time I am getting ready to pray my morning prayer to God to start my day, because I want God to hear my prayers… God tells us any prayer that is in His will He will hear, in…1 John 5:14…  Of course God will show us any hidden sins that we need to confess before Him if we ask Him…

As we go before the Lord in prayer with any and all sins confessed (1 John 1:9), God will hear our prayers and be free to answer them as He wills…   This is why 1 John 1:9 is so important before we pray to God…

And when we want to pray to God the Father, and just can’t find the right words, the Holy Spirit knows exactly what to pray to God for, even when we don’t…  You see this in the following scripture…

Romans 8:26-27…  Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for uswith groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  (NKJV)

With at least 4 more reasons for praying 1 John 1:9 before we engage in godly activities, I must stop for now, and continue this post at another time…

Gracious God and heavenly Father…I am so thankful that I can come before You after I confess my sins; and by doing so, You promise to hear my prayers…  I pray Father, that Your living and powerful Word (Hebrews 4:12) would cut right to the bone of those who have come before You in prayer in the past, without first confessing, repenting, and turning from their sins…  I pray Father, that You would etch 1 John 1:9 on the hearts and minds of all Your redeemed children…and that they would be right with You the next time they seek Your face in Prayer…  And Father, I pray that You would bless each and every reader today…so that they would KNOW they were in Your presence…  I pray for hearts and minds to be setON FIREby You, as the Holy Spirit is sought to take control of the lives of Your obedient children…   I pray for all of these blessings to be fulfilled, in the sweet name of Your Son Jesus, and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce


  1. Imputed righteousness-  https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Imputed-Righteousness

  2. Progressive Sanctification-  https://www.gotquestions.org/progressive-sanctification.html

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2 Responses to “The importance of 1 John 1:9 for the ‘born again’ Christian” 9/24/2020 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

  1. Sam Carver says:

    Am wondering. You have used the expression “before we engage in godly activities”. Could you explain what the circumstances would be or why a Christian would ever be “not” engaging in godly activity?


    • Hey Sam !! Good to hear from you !! You make a good point my friend !! Everything we say and do as “born again” Christians, should be in obedience to the Holy Spirit… But far too many Christians are not filled with the Spirit, as Christ is not first in their life… They fail to confess their sins before they pray, and the other 4 very important things we do, as I have written… I realize you don’t think 1 John 1:9 was written for believers…

      Blessings in Christ, bruce


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