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Chapter 4 - Confession

Ellen p. 38: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13.

The conditions of obtaining mercy of God are simple and just and reasonable. The Lord does not require us to do some grievous thing in order that we may have the forgiveness of sin. We need not make long and wearisome pilgrimages, or perform painful penances, to commend our souls to the God of heaven or to expiate our transgression; but he that confesseth and forsaketh his sin shall have mercy.

Yashua 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

3 Therefore shall the land mourn,...(KJV)

Ellen White's 'Steps to Christ', begin speaking of our need to confess our sins unto the Lord, who will give us mercy. Jesus' 'Steps to Christ', begin with the sinning Israel does, and the need to confess is alluded to only here and there.

Ellen p. 39: "Those who have not humbled their souls before God in acknowledging their guilt, have not yet fulfilled the first condition of acceptance. If we have not experienced that repentance which is not to be repented of, and have not with true humiliation of soul and brokenness of spirit confessed our sins, abhorring our iniquity, we have never truly sought for the forgiveness of sin; and if we have never sought, we have never found the peace of God. The only reason why we do not have remission of sins that are past is that we are not willing to humble our hearts and comply with the conditions of the word of truth. Explicit instruction is given concerning this matter. Confession of sin, whether public or private, should be heartfelt and freely expressed. It is not to be urged from the sinner. It is not to be made in a flippant and careless way, or forced from those who have no realizing sense of the abhorrent character of sin. The confession that is the outpouring of the inmost soul finds its way to the God of infinite pity. The psalmist says, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18.

True confession is always of a specific character, and acknowledges particular sins. They may be of such a nature as to be brought before God only; they may be wrongs that should be confessed to individuals who have suffered injury through them; or they may be of a public character, and should then be as publicly confessed. But all confession should be definite and to the point, acknowledging the very sins of which you are guilty.

Ellen White's 'Steps to Christ', have messages for the sinner, as to what to do regarding their sinning, and the confession of specific sins we do wrong. The use of the word of truth is significant, found also in Jesus' 'Steps to Christ':-

Jesus 4:1 ...there is no truth (emeth) "no support of truth", nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

The support we give to GOD regarding our missing must be specific and of a broken heart, if you have no sorrow than you are not comforting Jesus, you are treating your missing as a trifle thing, like "cheap grace". However the cost of saving you was infinite to Your Saviour, why cannot you feel a little touched and support Jesus, Your Saviour back?

Yashua 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwellet h therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. (KJV)

All of nature is affected by Adam's original missing, all the DNA of Designed Design is running downhill, making mistakes and found missing out on God's original glory. The ten commandments do not show us, so much as, ten things we do wrong, but what powers of GOD, we are daily missing.

For more, see "chata", meaning to "miss".

Jesus 4:5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

The sinners and priests will fall in a day and a night, when GOD destroys thy mother. Some scholars say the "mother" refers to "a city called Jerusalem", but it also refers to the Holy Spirit who is the "administrative responder" to God's love of providing.

There are two broad powers people can choose as a result of missing, functionally more of God's power, or dysfunctionally less of God's power. Choosing less of God's power allows Satan to rule over your sinning, and hence becomes a "mother function" for the sinner. But the overall administration of your decision is empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil (ra) "dysfunction": I the LORD do all these things. (KJV)

1Sa 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil (ra) "dysfunctional" spirit from the LORD troubled him.

Jesus 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge , I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law (torah) "teachings" of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

The Holy Spirit is our 'administration responder' to Jesus' love, if we as children respond to Jesus. Notice these poetry similes:

Pr 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law (torah) "teachings" of thy mother:

If people reject their mother, not a city symbol, but the Holy Spirit who is our administration responder to Jesus and the Father's love of providing, what more can Jesus do but reject us?

Mt 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

If you despise the "administration responder", who treats you as a child like a mother teaching you about your Saviour from their teachings, you reject the mother comforter, so our Lord Jesus as a comforter also rejects you.

Jesus 4:7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

8 They eat up the sin (chataah) "sin-offering" of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity (avon) "guilt".

The pious people make sin-offerings and sacrifice for "cheap grace" thinking their hearts of guilt is atoned for by Jesus.

Jesus 4:9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.

And since the pious people do not su pport Jesus with specific confession of their sins, but follow GOD using their Baal master powers of self, Jesus "rewards them their doings".

They are pious people who feel holy, but never feel saved... they commit whoredom...other masters rule over them, Satan and Self, because they have not "supported the YHWH-Jesus".

Yashua 4:11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

Notice wine is a simile of doctrine, and new wine, new doctrine, so here is a prophecy that new doctrines and new practices will lead God's pious people astray.

Re 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

What new wine practices are these?

Yashua 4:13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains,...

Most modern hospitals and most modern churches are on tops of hills, so children are sacrificed to whoredom. The other scriptures are written in poetry and hard to fathom. The final conclusion to the mess of sinning, and running away from the Lord Jesus, is this very special scripture, spoiled by translation:

Yashua 4:19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices. (KJV)

Reader can't read the Hebrew behind the translation into English?

Isa 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

Here the original tongue says the words go to new tongues so people are refreshed... but you don't feel refreshed because of the fuzzy translation.

Jesus 4:19 The Holy Spirit hath bound her (Jerusalem) up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices. (Ancient Hebrew)

So from verses 5 to 19, the Holy Spirit is depicted as an administration responder, or "mother if you like Greek thinking", and now wishes to bind us up as God's children under her wings, but we are not wanting to.

Notice how broad this chapter on confession is in Jesus version of "Steps to Christ', and how specific Ellen White's version of 'Steps to Christ' are on the theme of confession.

This is the only special scriptures where the Holy Spirit is written with "her wings" in the entire Bible correctly. All other references are to "his wings" because in a community setting the masculine takes precedence over the feminine when both members of the Divine Family are together.

For more see:- "The Holy Spirit ..

(1) ..showing femaleness-love

(2) ..'under his wings'

(3) .. under her wings

(4) .. womb

(5) ..title: "God the Holy Spirit"

(6) ..her voice

So where in this version of Jesus 'Steps of Christ' do we find true 'confession'?

  • Jesus 4:1 "there is no support.. of Me"

  • Jesus 4:3 "the land mourns..for Me"

  • Jesus 4:5 "they despise "thy mother"

  • Jesus 4:6 "they rejected Me"

  • Jesus 4:8 "they eat sin-offerings"

  • Jesus 4:9 "they do works"

  • Jesus 4:12 "they follow a spirit of whoredoms"

  • Jesus 4:16 "they do backsliding"

  • Jesus 4:17 "they do idols"

  • Jesus 4:19 "they refuse 'her wings'

  • Jesus 4:19 "they do shameful sacrifices"

    So Jesus' version of His 'Steps to Christ' are about how to confess our sins shamefully, wrongly and falsely.While Ellen White's version of 'Steps to Christ' are about how to do true confession of our missing.

    But both follow similar themes of confession.

    Ellen p. 39: " Confession will not be acceptable to God without sincere repen tance and reformation. There must be decided changes in the life; everything offensive to God must be put away. This will be the result of genuine sorrow for sin. The work that we have to do on our part is plainly set before us: “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:16, 17. “If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.” Ezekiel 33:15.

    These things a person does comes from our walk in Jesus teachings, see and do and drink of His love and do as He did. These actions are a result of us "supporting Jesus" and His "promised prayers of power", we do not do pious powers in Human Powers of Self, but through the powers of Jesus, when we support Him correctly.

    Ellen p. 40: "When sin has deadened the moral perceptions, the wrongdoer [40] does not discern the defects of his character nor realize the enormity of the evil he has committed; and unless he yields to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit he remains in partial blindness to his sin. His confessions are not sincere and in earnest.

    This is also spelled out in Jesus' version of 'Steps to Christ', when Israel rejected "thy mother", and followed another "mother", the "spirit of whoredoms", they failed to fall under the Holy Spirit's convicting of our missing, we miss the covering of her wings.

    Ellen p. 40: "After Adam and Eve had eaten of the forbidden fruit, they were filled with a sense of shame and terror. At first their only thought was how to excuse their sin and escape the dreaded sentence of death. When the Lord inquired concerning their sin, Adam replied, laying the guilt partly upon God and partly upon his companion: “The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” The woman put the blame upon the serpent, saying, “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” Genesis 3:12, 13. Why did You make the serpent? Why did You suffer him to come into Eden? These were the questions implied in her excuse for her sin, thus charging God with the responsibility of their fall. The spirit of self-justification originated in the father of lies and has been exhibited by all the sons and daughters of Adam. Confessions of this order are not inspired by the divine Spirit and will not be acceptable to God. True repentance will lead a man to bear his guilt himself and acknowledge it without deception or hypocrisy.

    This is also spelled out in Jesus' version of 'Steps to Christ', when Israel "ate up their sin-offerings", but set their hearts on guilt. In other words, they falsely confessed and went back doing their pet sins as before.

    What does Jesus say concerning this sinning in the latter rain version of "Steps to Christ" ?

    Heb 10:26 For if we sin (chata) "miss" wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins (chataah) "sin-offerings",

    27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries (Satan) "self and or Satan".

    So if we continue doing confession of our sin-offerings, without really asking Jesus for ways to support Him, and thus overcome this specific pet missing, we may fail to discern how confession actually works, and lose our salvation in Jesus. And so we face the consequences of our actions.

    Ellen p. 41: "The humble and broken heart, subdued by genuine repentance, will appreciate something of the love of God and the cost of Calvary; and as a son confesses to a loving father, so will the truly penitent bring all his sins before God. And it is written, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

    Here Ellen White writes Hebrew in her English, we must allow Jesus to subdue us, humble us and break up our pride as we fall upon the Rock, which weathers us to soil, worthy to receive the Words-Personified that promise powers in the heart, we will support Jesus correctly. Shalom

    The next chapter of Steps To Christ, concerns consecration.

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