Memory Verse levels 1-2
Here’s an oldie but a goodie. Of course, you can say that about every Bible verse.
So here are three memory verses for your consumption. We went with the NKJV because it is more readily understandable for the average English speaking/reading Believer.
1st John 1:8-10 (NKJV)
Level -1 = just one or two verses below.
Level -2 = all three verses.
· 8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
· 9) If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
· 10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.
1st John 1:8-10 presents three short verses which are so critical to our relationships in Christ (Jesus).
If we have never confessed Jesus as Lord or believed in our heart that God raised Him from the dead for our salvation then this verse applies exactly as it sits.
However, for the long-time Believer these verses carry a different application.
If you remember from our book, “This Side of the Whirlwind” chapter 8, “Edicts of the Prophecy” (which just happens to be one of my favorite chapters) we are saved by the blood of the Lamb thru Christ’s fulfilling the first four Edicts of Daniel 9:24. When Jesus walked the days of His ministry; suffered and died on the cross and then was resurrected for our Salvation and Resurrection…
HE PAID FOR ALL OUR SIN IN FULL FOR ALL TIME!
IF WE CONFESSED JESUS AS LORD AND BELIEVED IN OUR HEARTS THAT GOD (The Father) RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD.
That’s why 1st John 3:9 can make this BOLD statement:
“Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for His (Jesus’) seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God (1st John 3:9 NKJV).
Wow! What a joy to be safely ensconced in our Lord!
Therefore, if because of Jesus’ sacrifice in blood, He has finished the transgression, made and end of sin, made reconciliation for OUR iniquity and created a perpetual state of harmony between US and our God…
THEN WHY would we still need to confess our sin so He (Jesus) can be faithful and just to forgive our sin? See the answer?
The answer stares us directly in the face once we catch it.
For Saved Believers the passage in 1st John 1:8-10 is about maintaining our relationship with our Savior and Lord and not about maintaining our Salvation.
Think about those times you have spoken harshly or done something hurtful to someone you love deeply. Generally, we feel horrible and are kept at a distance from that loved-one NOT because of their feelings of hurt; but rather, because we feel estranged from our loved-one knowing we have not repented yet, or apologized or done that something which makes things right and US approachable to them.
You see, 1st John 1:8-10 is more about restoring our relationship – from us to our Savior – than from our Savior to us. God was never far off nor did He abandon you because you were a jerk or sinful in your behavior.
That is right, 1st John 1:8-10 is about fixing our feelings of unworthiness or our feeling out of step with the Lord because WE stepped out of line.
God never abandoned us or forsook us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
If we are currently saved by grace thru faith and not of works – – – then confessing our sin on a perpetual basis for Salvation’s sake – makes zero sense.
In fact, Galatians 5:1-5 tells us that we are fallen from grace if we think we somehow earn our salvation by any other means than Christ and Him crucified! Wow! I know…
For the more ambitious, memorize all three verses which would be a level 2 MV.
If that’s too much for you at this time then just memorize one or two.
Either way, God bless you and yours and by all means have a wonderful day!