Did your hand caused you to sin today? don’t confess your sins. Cut off your hands!
Very clearly. Jesus made an emphasis on this on two occasions.
Matthew 5:30 (LEB)
30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it from you! For it is better for you that one of your limbs be destroyed than your whole body go into hell.
Matthew 18:8 (LEB)
8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it from you! It is better for you to enter into life crippled or lame than, having two hands or two feet, to be thrown into the eternal fire!
But don’t cut it yet, rather continue reading.
If you need forgiveness of sins, then you need to forgive others first their sins against you. Or else you wont get forgiveness from God
Matthew 6:12 (NLT)
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us
Was it hard? What if you miss one sin? Indeed! It is impossible!
Jesus taught the Law as well
Did you know that Jesus was the real expert among the teachers of the Law. Well for that matter, He wrote the Law.
John 8:6 (LEB)
6 … But Jesus, bending down, began to write with his finger on the ground, taking no notice.
Jesus didn’t taught the practice of sin confession. He simply forgives. as He said “the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”
Matthew 9:6 (LEB)
6 But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins
but don’t come to Jesus saying “this i have done” or you get “you haven’t done enough”
Mark 10:20-22 (NLT)
20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Was it hard? can you sell all your possessions? Indeed it is impossible!
To forgive sins is easier than healing the sick
There was this paralyzed man brought to Jesus. Jesus saw the faith of the friends then forgave the sins of the paralytic
Matthew 9:2 (LEB)
2 And behold, they brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher, and when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, child, your sins are forgiven.”
The paralytic didn’t confess his sins, didn’t have faith. but on the friend’s account of Faith, the paralytic got forgiven and healed!
The friends were there to get their paralytic friend healed and not to get forgiveness of sins.
But Jesus makes it sure that all man knows “I came and have authority to forgive sins and to make it known to all man”, so He went to forgive first his sins, then healed the paralytic man.
But true forgiveness is by the blood of Jesus
The scripture says, without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.
Hebrews 9:22 (LEB)
22 Indeed, nearly everything is purified with blood according to the law, and apart from the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness
The sins of the paralytic man were temporarily forgiven on account of Jesus.
But the new covenant forgiveness of sin is not based on “confess your sins to be forgiven” or “forgive other or you will not be forgiven”
The new covenant forgiveness of sin is based on the shed blood of Jesus
How powerful is that? very powerful!
ALL our Past, Present and Future sins are washed away. Washed by the blood of the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.
John 1:29 (LEB)
29 On the next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
The scripture clearly states
Hosea 6:6 (LEB)
6 Because I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice …
To forgive sins is easier than healing the sick. That’s the message. In other words, we though God was out there with a rod, ready to hit and beat us every time we commit sin. But no, He desires Mercy and Grace.
My friend, God desires forgiveness for your sins unconditionally. No confession on your part, no sacrifice on your part. but only the blood of Jesus shed on your behalf. As if it was you on the cross.
Again, To forgive sins is easier than healing the sick
Maybe you are sick and in need of healing. you never fail to believe for healing but you have trouble believing ALL your sins were forgiven?
I say, start believing first, All your sins were forgiven, then healing will follow.
No need to cut your hands for Jesus was cut and bruised for you. No need to punish yourself for Jesus was punished for you.
Forgive, because you have been forgiven
The new covenant and the gospel is this
… Not to continue in sin, but to receive forgiveness for all sins so there is no sin left more to continue in sin.
– grace and peace