Summary: Confession of sin is an absolute necessity to restore fellowship between God and His children. However, many confess their sins, but receive no forgiveness. The message reveals different types of confessions.

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1 Samuel 15:24

A. Our text consists of three words: “I have sinned.”

1. This statement is found seven times in the Bible and they are arranged so as to cover, as nearly as possible, the whole field of sin.

2. The three sweetest words in the English language are “I love you”. The three hardest words are “I have sinned.”

B. Confession of sin is an absolute necessity to restore fellowship between God and His children.

1. Starting back to church, becoming active in church work will not satisfy God.

a. This is just a cover up.

b. Must confess that sin to God.

C. Many confess their sins to God, yet do not receive forgiveness because their confession is absent of certain marks required of God to prove the genuineness and sincerity of confession.

1. Results show that many confessions of the lost are not genuine.

2. Results show that many confessions of God’s children are insincere.

D. Let’s look at some insincere and some genuine confessions found in the Bible.


“And Pharoah sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time; the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.” (Exodus 9:27)

A. Pharoah confessed because he was scared.

1. Thunder, hail mingled with fire large enough to destroy man and beast, trees, everything it hit.

2. This kind of repentance is utterly worth less because as soon as the storm was over he forgot his promise - he refused to let them go.

3. He made the same confession the next day, when more trouble came - the locusts. 10:16

B. Pharaoh’s repentance is typical of multitudes of the same class.

1. They call for the preacher only when they get into trouble, when they can’t take care of themselves.

2. Fox-hole repentance. There are atheist in the fox-holes.

3. Repentance born in the storm will die in the calm.

C. God holds man accountable for the promises made when in trouble.

1. They are recorded in heaven, regardless of how rashly they were made.


“And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed, I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done.” (Joshua 7:20)

A. Achan knew what the consequences would be if he took anything from the city of Jericho.

1. God had forewarned them that if they took anything they would be accursed.

2. The penalty for this crime was death, so Achan and his family was taken out and stoned.

3. As he was led away he said, “I have sinned I have sinned.”

B. This is death-bed repentance.

1. Death-bed repentance is possible, but not provable.

2. One thief repented, but the other died like he lived.

3. A doctor kept record of 1000 death-bed repentances of people who recovered and only 3 turned out well.


“And Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, I have sinned. For I knew not that you stood in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease you, I will get me back again.” (Numbers 22:34)

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