by Rick White

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Forgiveness and Confession (4 of 7)
Series: Freedom Of Forgiveness
Rick White
Luke 15:17-20; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9

Message Truth: When we confess our sin, we are saying the same thing about our sin that God says. The basis of our forgiveness is not conditional upon confession, repentance, or faith, though all three are absolutely essential to our experience of forgiveness. The basis of our forgiveness is the sacrificial, substitutionary death of Christ.

Introduction: This week in the city of Atlanta the word, confession, has been a part of the leading news stories night after night.
On Monday a young fifteen year old confessed to the shotgun slaying of his parents saying he had been influenced by a movie.
Tuesday night the leading news story was about a young man who confessed to the brutal slaying of a young mother and her two preschool children.
On Wednesday the news carried the story of a young man who was thought to have been kidnapped several days earlier. Earlier in the day he walked into a police station in Alabama and confessed he had stolen the night receipts from the place where he worked and simply ran away.
In all three stories the word confession was very significant.

• The prodigal's forgiveness was not based on his rehearsed speech.
Luke 15: 17 "But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18 'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19 "I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."
• The prodigal's forgiveness was not based on his return.
20 "And he got up and came to his father.
• The prodigal's forgiveness was not based on his confession.
21 "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to b ...

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