The Danger of Presumption
God’s blessing on each one of you this morning as we come to His Word. As we do so I’d invite you to turn to the book of 1 Corinthians and we’ll begin reading in chapter 9 and we’re going to be going into chapter 10. Just one verse here at the end of chapter 9 to draw a connection for us. In fact I’ll begin at verse 24. Paul writes to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9 verse 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
2 Corinthians 10 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, 2 and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things took place as an example for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7 Do not be idolators as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9 We must not put Christ to the test as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Now our society tells us that self-confidence, that’s the key to success. Well, I read about a jet airliner captain, I’m not saying this is a true story, I don’t know, but he was about to take off on a flight to London and he said, and I’m not going to try an English accent or anything, he just simply said, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.” Over the loud speaker system, he says “this is your captain speaking. We’ll be crossing over the Atlantic this evening at an altitude of 37,000 feet. Our estimated speed is 730 mph and we should reach London in approximately 5 hours.” And then after a moment of silence the captain continued, “We will take off as soon as I get enough nerve.” Well, self-confidence as the key to success, that’s being ingrained into people’s minds right from childhood. Your kids are probably getting this message already in school. You can be whatever or whoever you want to be.
Now I’m sure whoever came up with that saying first just did it as a joke, but people are actually living as though that were true. One mum who asked her kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And that’s typical, right? I’m sure most of you kids have been asked that, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And so her 10 year old say, “I want to be a teacher.” Her 8 year old chimed in, “I want to be a writer.” And then after thinking about it for a moment her six year old replied, “I want to run the machine that cuts the heads off the chickens.”
But seriously now, you know that our culture has bought too strongly into the lie that you can be anything that you want to be or anyone you want to be. When we start seeing the results of that thinking rubbing off on our society becoming more and more commonplace. We’re seeing reports in the news today of parents who’ll inform their public school at the start of the year, and say, “K, I know that last year, little Johnny, you had little Johnny, and this looks like little Johnny, but this year it’s little Gracey. Our 8 year old son wants to be seen as a girl, so, let her use the girl bathrooms because he/she likes to play with dolls and he sees himself inwardly as a girl despite all the biology and body parts to the contrary.” You can be anything or anyone you want to be.
Or there’s the recent case where a full-grown man wants to be accepted as a six year old girl. And we’re supposed to be ok with that. I mean you really can’t make this stuff up. Recently the news was reporting of a woman in Norway who apparently believed that you can be any thing you want to be. And so she decided that she is actually a cat trapped in a human body. Nano, as she likes to call herself, claims that she realized she was a cat when she was sixteen years old and has adopted feline mannerisms since. One interviewer reported that the now-twenty year old woman has opened up about her life as a cat describing how her superior sense of hearing and sight allow her to hunt mice in the dark. Nano claims to possess many feline characteristics including a hatred of water and the ability to communicate simply by meow-ing as well as hissing at dogs. Now, apparently, you and I are supposed to congratulate her, right? Celebrate her choice and she’s succeeded in becoming anything you want to be.
Well, the Bible by contrast, sets parameters of what you can and cannot actually be. And when it comes to the subject of self-confidence the Bible warns that confidence in urselves can actually be a path to disaster and I think we’re seeing that before our eyes in our culture.
Now instead, the Bible teaches specifically addressing Christians that we should be mindful of our frailty, of our human weaknesses. That we should learn from the examples that Scripture provides. We should avoid presumption; that we should flee temptation. That’s the essential message that we’ll be looking at in this passage this morning from 1Corinthians 10.
Well, we begin with this alarming statement from the Apostle Paul that we touched on last week from chapter 9 verse 27. Paul says but I discipline my body and I keep it under control lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Now, we’ve been working over the last couple of weeks through chapter 9 so I trust that if you’ve been with us over the last few weeks you know what’s going on here. Paul has been describing the Christian life as a race to be run. The Christian life isn’t for coasting; it’s not for drifting. The Christian life is a faith that runs in the strength that Christ supplies. The Christian runs the race of faith with his eyes fixed on the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus. The Christian, while delighting in Christ aims to be ever increasingly satisfied in Christ. The Christian while enjoying Christ wants more of Christ. The Christian finds his joy in the most ultimate prize of more of Christ. Paul says that he counted everything else as worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. And so he said that for his sake he had discarded everything else; counting everything else like garbage so that he could gain Christ. And we might say, but Paul, you are already a Christian, just chill, just relax. Do something you want to do for once. You’re already outdoing the rest of us in your devotion to gospel. You’re already making the rest of us look bad as it is. And Paul replies in Philippians 3 you don’t get it. I want to know Him more. I WANT to know Him more. This is not something I feel enslaved to do; this is something I want. He says in verse 9 I want to be found in Him not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law. It’s not about my righteousness, guys. That doesn’t have anything to do with it. I have no intrinsic righteousness. I want to cling to His righteousness. That’s my ground for acceptance before God. I want to cling to His righteousness that He has accomplished for me; I never want to lose sight of that. And then he goes on to say the righteousness that he clings to is that which comes through faith in Christ. The righteousness from God that depends on faith. Then he adds that love for Christ by faith produces tangible fruit of righteousness in himself. He says in verse 10 that I may know Him, that’s what he wants. That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and may share His sufferings; becoming like Him in His death. I want to be conformed to the image of Christ, he’s saying, in every respect I’m even willing to lay my life down, as he did. That by any means possible I may obtain the resurrection from the dead, not that I’ve already obtained this or am already perfect but I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me His own. What constrains me to run? he’s asking. What creates the drive within me to fight and to war against every sinful impulse in my being? It’s the fact that Christ Jesus sovereignly made me His own. Me, an unworthy rebel, His grace compels me on to bear the fruit of the new birth.
And so Paul does not want to presume upon the grace that he has received even for a second. And I wonder how many times do I presume upon grace. Coming back to 1Corinthians 9:27 Paul makes this alarming statement: but I discipline my body and keep it under control lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. And we look at the life of Paul and say, fat chance, Paul. You’re fine. You’re fine. You look like you’re doing just fine. Looks like the fruit of righteousness produced by grace is very evident in your life. I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Paul didn’t think that way. Paul wanted to live a fruit-bearing life, not just to somewhere near the finish line, but all the way. I don’t want to walk as an enemy of the cross of Christ, he says. I want to pursue victory over sin. The victory that Christ has purchased for me if I am truly His own. If I am truly His then I will do battle with sin until my dying breath. If I abandon Christ because of a mind set on earthly things and live in disregard of God’s Word that will be sure evidence that I was just a fake all along.
I love Matthew Henry’s commentary. He says this, a preacher of salvation may yet miss it. Hear that? A preacher of salvation may yet miss it. He may show others the way to Heaven and never get thither himself. To prevent this Paul took so much pains in subduing and keeping under bodily inclinations lest by any means he himself who had preached to others should yet miss the crown; be disapproved and rejected by His sovereign Judge. A holy fear of himself, writes Henry, was necessary to preserve the fidelity of an apostle; and how much more necessary is it to our preservation?
He concludes with this note, holy fear of ourselves. Listen to this, holy fear of ourselves and not presumptuous confidence is the best security against apostasy from God. You hear that? Holy fear of ourselves; fear of our own inclinations and not presumptuous confidence – everything is fine. That is, he says, the best security against apostasy from God and final rejection by Him. Oh that we would take this warning to heart and these words of the apostle.
Come now to chapter 10 verse 1. Paul says I do not want you to be unaware brothers. Paul says I don’t want you to be ignorant of this. Don’t turn your brain off, Corinthians. Don’t be influenced by mere emotion, Redeeming Grace Bible Church. Here’s some things you need to know about a ship-wrecked faith. Here’s an important history lesson for you, church. And so Paul begins to list some share privileges of the people of God in the Old Testament as contrasted and compared with believers in the New Testament. So he continues in verse 1, don’t be ignorant of this. What Paul? What don’t you want us to be ignorant about? That our fathers were all under the cloud; that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses and in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food. They all drank the same spiritual drink.
Now much of evangelical teaching today tends to almost over-emphasize the contrast between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Many times precisely where the New Testament actually draws parallels. Notice the parallels that Paul makes explicit in this passage. Now remember who Paul is writing to, the church at Corinth. What does Paul call the believers at the church at Corinth in verse 1? I do not want you to be unaware brothers. Paul, a Jew by ethnicity, is speaking to believers in a largely Gentile congregation at Corinth and he’s calling them brothers. And then notice what he does next; he joins Jew with Gentile, because all are one in Christ. And then what does he say? He speaks of our, our fathers. Our fathers. Who is he referring to when he says our fathers? He’s referring to the children of Israel. The children of Israel who were delivered out of Egypt into Canaan under the guidance of Moses and Joshua. Paul refers to the children of Israel as being the fathers to us, to believers, to New Testament believers.
Now secondly, I want you to notice another thing. Notice how Paul draws very strong parallels between the spiritual privileges that were enjoyed by the Jews in the Old Testament and the Corinthian believers in the New Testament. The cloud that travelled with the Israelites as they journeyed out of Egypt was evidence of God’s presence with them as it is with us.
The Red Sea crossing was a highway of redemption for the Israelites while at the same time it became a grave for the pursuing Egyptians. Notice he says that they were said to be baptized into Moses. Now this isn’t referring to a water baptism like you might be familiar with, like we do today, but he says that going through the cloud and the sea were types of baptism and those things pointed forward to the reality of baptism in Christ that we enjoy today as believers. The food that they ate was of spiritual benefit to them; and the drink that they enjoyed pointed forward to the life-giving water obtained by the sacrificial blood of Christ.
Paul continues to make links between Israel and the New Testament all throughout this text. Look at verse 5, in spite of all these blessings, God was displeased with them. And the implication here is that is He could just as easily be displeased with the Corinthians.
Thirdly I want you to notice what being baptized into Moses gave the Jews access to. It gave them access to Christ. You say, but Christ wasn’t around yet. Why is it talking about them partaking of Christ, they’re in the Old Testament, what’s this about? They drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. That’s what Paul says. Now there’s an important point I think, an important moment here to just point something out. We take the scriptures literally here at Redeeming Grace Bible Church, but when we say literally we mean according to their literary intent. What did the author mean to communicate when he wrote this? Some people want to take everything literalistically but I think there’s great danger if we do that here. If we do that at this point we’re going to obscure the intent of Paul’s words here. Are we supposed to imagine for a moment that Jesus was at one point a giant rock that the Israelites lugged around throughout the wilderness? No, of course not. Notice there’s many clues to safeguard us against something like that. They drank from the spiritual Rock. The spiritual Rock. Now Israel drank from the Rock in the wilderness, remember Moses was instructed to speak to the Rock one time and another time to strike the Rock. In anger, when he was told to speak to the Rock, he struck it. There’s at least two times in the Old Testament where we’re explicitly told they were granted water from the Rock and it was as though this Rock travelled with them. It was likely that this was two separate rocks and yet the idea of this is here’s this rock in the wilderness. An unlikely source of water that was a source of anchoring and a nourishment for them.
Let’s notice finally another point that Paul parallels between the Old Testament Jews and the New Testament believers. In the Old Testament Jews could be part of the company of God’s people while yet not truly being partakers of Christ. And in the same way Paul’s going to warn, someone can sit in the congregation, in the company of the gathered church today. They can have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. They may even have been baptized. They may partake of the Lord’s Supper with us, all while not truly being regenerate at all. Not a true child of God at all. Notice tragically that many of the people who had passed through the Sea on dry land. Many who had walked under the cloud of God’s guidance. Many who had eaten the manna in the wilderness and drank from the Rock are the very same people that God calls idolaters in verse 7. And let this serve, this morning, as a wake up call to us.
It is likely, it is very possible, that some of you who meet with us every week are actually unregenerate. You’re not saved. Some unbelievers may partake of the Lord’s Supper with us this Sunday, as much as we warn against it. There are people who have mingled among God’s people for years whose hearts are marked by idolatry and not true love for Christ.
In verse 5 Paul describes that in Israel there were many idolaters who blended in among God’s people, but just because they did it, doesn’t mean it’s ok. He writes, nevertheless, with most of them, God was not pleased. The inference is that with most of these Israelites God wasn’t pleased. They were among God’s people but they were not looking to Christ. They’re idolaters and my fear is that they are those who will spend eternity under God’s wrath. They were overthrown in the wilderness.
So let me say this as clearly and carefully as I know how, so I need everybody’s attention. I need heads that are looking at the floor to look forward. Let me say this as clearly as I can, being raised by Christian parents; going to church every week even from a baby onward; praying the sinner’s prayer or some other kind of prayer that somebody got you to repeat after them or any prayer for that matter; being baptized; joining a church; becoming a member; partaking of communion; reading your Bible daily; even all of those things combined is no guarantee of immunity from judgment of God.
Listen carefully, friend, this morning, you can fake it. You can fake it, but you won’t make it. Be anything you want to be, we’re told. That may be an idea our society applauds, but pretending you are a Christian, will never, ever, ever make you one in God’s universe, and His universe is all that matters.
The new birth is not something you can concoct. It’s not something you can fake. It’s not something you can produce. It is a sovereign gift of grace from God alone and so do not presume on this. Merely convincing yourself and others that you’re fine for a whole lifetime is not worth the cost of eternal torment under the just wrath of God. I hope you realize that. Faking it is not worth it. Making your parents think you’re fine doesn’t mean you’re fine. For that matter I’m speaking precisely there to younger people, older people. Pretending it, isn’t it. Paul says all the Israelites who journeyed out of Egypt towards the Promised Land were all under the cloud. They were all under the cloud. They were all going through the Sea, they all walked on dry land. They all ate the same food, manna was given to them. They all drank the same drink. They all got to drink from the Rock. Nevertheless with most of them God was not pleased for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Do not trifle with the Truth.
So why has Paul provided this history lesson for us? He tells us in verse 6, now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. The Israelites who fell in the wilderness under the displeasure of God had spiritual food and drink in the wilderness, just like the Corinthians and we have spiritual food and drink in the Lord’s Supper. But what happened to them was designed as a warning as an example to new covenant believers.
So let’s put the question in the simplest possible terms. Was it possible for an Old Testament Israelite to drink from the Rock of Christ, and subsequently fall under the displeasure of God in the wilderness? And the answer is, yes, it was possible. Is it possible that there are those among us who eat and drink at the Lord’s Table with us and enjoy the other blessings of common life among believers who’ll be lost eternally? And the sad answer is, yes.
Paul mentions four ways in which these fakers fell. Number one is idolatry, verse 7. Do not be idolaters as some of them were. As it is written, the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. This is a reference to Exodus 32:6 when Moses had gone up Mt. Sanai to receive the ten commandments from the Lord and meanwhile at the foot of the mountain the children of Israel were worshiping before a golden calf of their own making. An idol of their own concoction worshiping this calf as though it were their savior. There’s only one true God; there’s only one true Saviour and He alone deserves your worship.
Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are going to be confronted with the temptation to idolatry. Idolatry is rampant. Idolatry is placing any created thing in the spot that only the uncreated God must occupy. Notice that the rest of the sins in this list really flow out of an idolatrous heart. Immorality certainly comes from an idolatrous heart. Verse 8, we must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. Paul is referring to the plague at Baal Peor recorded in Numbers chapter 25 verse 9, many in Israel that day committed sexual immorality and were smitten by a plague and died. More than twenty-three thousand, in fact, Numbers records actually that there were about twenty-four thousand that died. What an important warning to the Corinthians. What an important warning for us. Sexual immorality was rampant in the city of Corinth. And we’ve already seen Paul raise the alarm bells in the Corinthian church over the immorality that had been taking place among them. Today, with the internet and all kinds of easy, we have all kinds of easy access to this form of idolatry. The opportunity of engaging in idolatry of pornography and the allurements of sexual lust has been raised to new heights. New means of easy access and how I fear for many who grow up in the church but whose hearts have made an idol out of immorality.
Thirdly, they tested God. Some tested God. We must not put Christ to the test, verse 9, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents. You say, was Jesus living then? Jesus is God. Jesus is eternal. Jesus is Creator, Lord of heaven and earth. He is one of the members of the trinity. We must not put Christ to the test as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents.
Now you’ll recall, I hope, that Israel complained about the blessings of God as they travelled throughout this wilderness and were being given free food by God, and drink from rocks and things. And they were complaining, come on, can’t we have something else? God was providing for them. They weren’t starving and because of their complaining, because they tested Christ, judgment of biting serpents was sent and some died.
Fourth way was by their grumbling, verse 10, nor grumble as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Paul likely here has the sons of Korah in mind who served in the tabernacle, but they were complaining about their job, really, we have to keep the veils and the, we have to keep all the fabric in good shape? Why can’t we do something more important like preach like you, Moses? And the sons of Korah were swallowed up by the earth.
These are examples that the Old Testament gives to warn us and say, don’t presume you’re in. The sins of God’s people in these incidents were licentious worship, fornication, tempting Christ by revolting against authority, murmuring. All of these sins, Paul warns, were well within the reach of the Corinthian church and they’re well within our reach as well. Verse 11, now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction on whom the end of the ages has come.
Now verse 12, therefore let anyone, let anyone, put your name in there because this could apply to you if you’re thinking you stand. If you think you stand, this morning, friend, take heed lest you fall. When you see someone else who has fallen to grievous sin, don’t be a smart-alec. Don’t say, how did that ever happen? What’s with him? How could he ever have done that? Realize that you are susceptible to the very same sins. The person who thinks he stands, you need to take extra heed. If you think you’re doing this, I’ve got this, take heed lest you fall. Paul says in Philippians 3 that we must glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. Your flesh is no help at all. Don’t put any confidence in you.
Proverbs 16:18 warns pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Don’t become complacent like many in Corinth had. By assuming they were regenerate while they lived in idolatry. They thought their liberty in Christ gave them freedom to do whatever they pleased. Put their feet up; presume upon grace. But Paul replies bluntly to them that they had nothing that the Israelites in the wilderness did not have as well. They had baptism too, Paul says. They had spiritual food, they had spiritual drink too. They even had Christ himself, and yet that did not keep the bodies of many of the Israelites from falling under the judgment of God.
So this caution that Paul gives us here is a caution for those who would use false theological assumptions to buttress their pride. Paul is addressing liberty here and as Christians we believe in liberty. We believe that God’s election is sure, we believe in that. We believe that it cannot be altered and that Christ will save someone all the way Home when He saves them. This is not here to make you say, I guess I need to try a little harder or I might lose my salvation. No. If that’s your conclusion, then you misunderstand. The issue is not that you might lose your salvation, the warning here is against believing yourself to be saved when you have never truly been saved at all. Presuming you are saved when you are not. Truly saved people have a growing hatred for sin, you see. Truly saved people groan over their sin. They repent over sin. Truly saved people desire to flee idolatry. They desire to fix their eyes on Christ. Friend, put no confidence in your flesh. Christ is your only Hope, quite faking it. Flee to Christ.
Paul concludes this section with a word of comfort and a word of warning. Verse 13, no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape that you may be able to endure it. Now when Paul says the temptation that you face is common to man, He might be saying here there’s not a temptation, there’s not a temptation, friend, that you can face as a Christian that others haven’t already faced as well. You can find strength in that, you know why? Because Christ carried them through it and if you are truly His then He will carry you through this as well. But I think Paul might actually have something else in mind here. He may be actually be saying that all temptation really boils down to one common human issue – idolatry. All sin boils down to idolatry. Putting something else in the place that God alone deserves to be.
Notice that right after this Paul says in verse 14, therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. Flee from idolatry. Idolatry is the root sin. It’s common to man. It’s the common denominator among all humanity, a proneness to idolatry. The psalmist David knew the temptations of idolatry in his own heart and he committed sins, many sins, grievous sins. He wrote in Psalms 73:25 Whom have I in Heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For behold, those who are far from you shall perish. You put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you but for me it is good to be near God. I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all of Your works.
Christian, when sin and idolatry begins to capture your soul’s imagination, and they will. When sin and idolatry begin to capture your soul’s imagination and affections, it’s time to flee. And where will you turn? Where will you run? Well, God will provide a way of escape, that’s what we find here. And what is that way ultimately? It’s not a what, it’s a Who. Run to Christ. This isn’t a time to weigh the pros and cons – should I do it should I not? This is the time to flee Christ. Again I’m going to quote from Matthew Henry here he says nothing in scripture is written in vein and it is our wisdom and duty to learn from it. Others have fallen and so may we. The Christian’s security against sin, is distrust of himself. He continues, we cannot fall by temptation if we cleave fast to Christ. Whether the world smiles or frowns, it is an enemy. The believer shall be strengthened to overcome it with all its terrors and enticements. The fear of the Lord put into their hearts will be a great means of safety. End quote. Find your safety, find your security in Christ.
Friend, the issue is this, is your heart captured by idolatry? Do you love idolatry? Then, take heed. Take heed while you fake it before others that Christ is your life, that Christ is your strength. As you gather in the collective body of believers and fellowship and enjoy the privileges and benefits, don’t presume for a moment that all is well when your heart is captivated by idols.
Let’s prepare our hearts now for communion. This morning through our celebration of the Lord’s Supper we proclaim the death of Christ. These elements which represent the body and blood of Christ are really a visible sermon to us. They are the gospel in tangible form we proclaim the Lord’s death through them until He come. They proclaim to us the great drama of redemption in Christ. We see salvation as its applied in the present. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup. Salvation in the past, you proclaim the Lord’s death and salvation in the future until He comes. This feast has the past, the present, the future all in view. And so in light of such a salvation, the apostle Paul warns us, whoever therefore eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the blood and body of the Lord. And for this reason we plead with all fakers, do not partake this morning. Do not partake if your heart is captivated by idolatry and not by Christ, you have no business partaking of this feast.
Before we partake of the Supper let’s examine ourselves this morning recognizing both the gravity of our sin and the weight of Christ’s glorious sacrifice. So let’s pray together. Heavenly Father, this bread and this cup before us are tangible, they’re visible reminders of our sin and of the supreme sacrifice of Christ to pay for that sin. His body broken and His blood shed for us and for our salvation and so Father your Word tells us that if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. But if we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. So now in these moments we silently confess our sins before you. In the strong name of Jesus we pray.
Here these words from 1 John chapter two as we come now to the Table. My little children, I’m writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous. Isn’t that good news for sinful Christians that we all are? We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous, He is the Propitiation for our sins. He is the wrath of zorber for the sins, for the wrath that you should rightfully be enduring. Praise be to God.