Confession is for unbelievers

When we believe in Christ, then we receive the forgiveness of sins

Colossians 2 “13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,”

But what happens when we sin after we are saved?

  • Some Christians think that only our past sins were forgiven. They think that we have to keep confessing sins to receive forgiveness for present and future sins.
  • In that case we have to confess every known sin in heart, word and deed, in our thoughts – and that can quickly become a huge burden. What happens if we forget to confess? Are we doomed?

Surely the need for constant confession is wrong – because Jesus died once and for all to make us perfect and there is no more sacrifice because there are no more sins to be forgiven.

Hebrews 10 “10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…..14 For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified……“I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more.”……18 Now where forgiveness of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”

Other Christians think that all our sins are forgiven but only judicially/positionally. They say that when we sin, we drop out of fellowship with God and that we have to confess to experience the forgiveness again – to be in good relationship with God according to 1 John 1:9

1 John 1 “If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don’t tell the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we haven’t sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

But such ideas are not true – Let us understand who John is commanding this confession:

John was telling unbelievers to confess their sins to be forgiven ALL unrighteousness:

  • They were deceived because they claimed to not have sin
    • These were Jews (Pharisees, etc.) in those Churches who thought they were righteous by keeping the Law and they denied that Christ was the Messiah. They did not acknowledge their sins but said that they had no sin!
      • Luke 18 “11 The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men, extortionists, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. “
  • They were in the darkness (not saved) because they hated Jesus and the believers:
    • 1 John 2:10 “10 He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
    • John 15 “23 He who hates me, hates my Father also. 24 If I hadn’t done among them the works which no one else did, they wouldn’t have had sin. But now they have seen and also hated both me and my Father.
  • They don’t have fellowship with the body of Christ – they don’t belong to Christ.
    • 1 John 2 “18 Little children, these are the end times, and as you heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen. By this we know that it is the final hour. 19 They went out from us, but they didn’t belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have continued with us. But they left, that they might be revealed that none of them belong to us.”
  • They were liars and not belonging to the truth (unbelievers)
    • John 8:44 “You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn’t stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.”
    • 1 John 2 “22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

Now let us see that what the Bible says about Believers:

  • Believers do NOT claim to be without sin because we believe that Jesus died for our sins!.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 “that Christ died for our sins”
    • James 3 “For we all stumble in many things
  • The believer is no longer in darkness but now in the light
    • John 12 “46 whoever believes in me may NOT remain in the darkness.”
    • Ephesians 5 “For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord
  • The believer is in the truth
    • John 19 “35 He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, that you may believe.”
  • The believer is BLAMELESS, enriched with every gift in the PERMANENT FELLOWSHIP with God and Christ based on God’s GRACE and not our works:
    • 1 Corinthians 1 “I always thank my God concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesusthat in everything you were enriched in him, in all speech and all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ; who will also confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
    • The fellowship with God is salvation based on Christ’s finished work and NOT our good deeds. Therefore a believer cannot lose fellowship with God – it is only based on the blood of Christ and not our good or bad deeds.

The believer WAS a sinner but is NOW already WASHED of ALL unrighteousness:

  • 1 Corinthians 6 ” but you were washed. But you were sanctified. But you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in the Spirit of our God.”
  • Ephesians 5 ” Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it; 26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word, 27 that he might present the assembly to himself gloriously, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without defect.”

If we read the context of the epistle 1st John, we will see that he was writing to distinguish between the believer and the unbeliever.

  • He told the unbeliever to confess their sins, accepting Christ to be SAVED in 1 John 1:9
  • But then he told the believer that we are ALREADY FORGIVEN of sins

1 John 2 “12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.”

He tells believers not to sin but if we do sin, then Christ is our Righteousness!

1 John 2 “My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have a Counselor with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous”

The believer already has ETERNAL LIFE. Eternal means never-ending! We cannot die anymore! There is no judgment for the believer. We have eternal salvation.

1 John 5 “13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

John 5 “24 “Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

Therefore the confession of sins is NOT for believers because we are already forgiven. Does that mean we keep on sinning? No, let us live based on our identity as children of God.

Romans 6 “For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will also be part of his resurrection; knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be in bondage to sin. ….11 Thus consider yourselves also to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

There is no such thing called relational/experiential forgiveness based on our deeds -such things are not Biblical but based on man’s traditions.

There is only ONE forgiveness based on the BLOOD of Jesus Christ.

We are forgiven 100% by the blood of Jesus Christ and not our confessions/deeds.

Ephesians 1 “in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,”

Jesus died once and for all to forgive us past, present and future sins. The forgiveness of sins is a FREE GIFT not based on works but only on FAITH.

Every believer is forgiven all sins, has fellowship with God, is washed of all unrighteousness and is no longer in the darkness.

We can confidently share our struggles to God our Father through Jesus so that He gives us even more GRACE (help). This is not done to receive forgiveness but to receive assistance and counseling from our Father because we are already forgiven.

Hebrews 4 “15 For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. 16 Let’s therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need.”

In Romans 6:23 it says that the wages of sin is death.
Saying “sorry” to God cannot forgive our sins.
The only thing that can forgive our sins is the shedding of blood.
It’s because our sins are not merely bad behavior, etc.
Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
Therefore even a man’s righteousness is a “sin” that falls short of God’s perfect standard.
If we compare our behavior to GOD (Jesus) then we are nothing but dust.
So what point is there in constantly saying sorry and beating ourselves up?
So therefore we are made righteous by Christ’s blood and we have PEACE (Romans 5:1).

Under the Old Covenant, the Law condemned every single sin of the unbeliever.

That is why the first confession in the Bible was under the Law: Leviticus 5:5 “5 It shall be, when he is guilty of one of these, he shall confess that in which he has sinned;”

But when we believed in Christ, we were forgiven all sin and we are not under Law anymore. We are under grace according to Romans 6:15. God does not even account / remember our sins anymore.
We died to the law and we are now ALIVE in Christ, forgiven ALL sin (Colossians 2:13-14)
God does not account our sins anymore.

So then we can share our struggles with God, not to receive “forgiveness” but to receive “power” from the GRACE of God that we already have in Christ.
He has already forgiven us all sin in Christ when we believed.
Hebrews 10 “10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
“I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more.”
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”

God’s solution for sin is not “confession” and “keeping short accounts” but to LOOK to JESUS and be transformed ! Let us keep feeding on His LOVE on the cross and resurrection.

Hebrews 12 “looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,”

The Law makes us conscious of sin but Grace makes us conscious of Christ our Righteousness who transforms us.

2nd Corinthians 3 “17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

6 comments

  1. Thank you for spelling it out. to be honest when i began reading i was wondering what you were saying?. I thank the Spirit for pushing me to read to the end because I would have misunderstood what you meant. Indeed when we sin before God we ask for grace that he help us in our weakness.

    but i would like to understand something. do you mean I do not go before the Father and say God I am sorry when i do something wrong just because I am saved. or you mean it is no longer a matter of beating myself up because if i say to God I am sorry, he automatically forgives because i belong to Him.

    because sometimes we make mistakes how then do i ask for forgiveness when such happens?

    i would like to understand more

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    • Hello sister,
      Thanks for your honest question. I am glad that you have read it fully.
      In Romans 6 it says that the wages of sin is death.
      The truth is that saying “sorry” to God cannot forgive our sins.
      The only thing that can forgive our sins is the shedding of blood.
      It’s because our sins are not merely bad behavior, etc.
      Romans 3 says that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.
      Therefore even a man’s righteousness is a “sin” that falls short of God’s perfect standard.
      If we compare ourselves to GOD (Jesus) then we are nothing but dust.
      So what point is there in constantly saying sorry and beating ourselves up?
      I used to do that and it drove me into depression and confusion.
      So therefore we are made righteous by Christ’s blood and we have PEACE (Romans 5:1).
      What do we do when we sin?
      We can talk to God as our Father but knowing that we are already forgiven, gives us more boldness
      and confidence to talk to Him for help.
      The word “confession” is about unbelievers agreeing with the Law that they are sinners who
      need forgiveness by the blood of Jesus.
      For believers, there is not a single verse in scripture about “confession” in the entire new testament.
      Paul gives us the answer for sin in Romans 6 – look at the cross and resurrection – where we are dead to sin and alive to righteousness.
      The more we know God’s love in our failures, the more we know His freedom and power.

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    • We are already forgiven because we are not under law.
      Romans 6 says that we are under grace and not under law.
      The law condemns unbelievers judging every single sin.
      But we died to the law and we are now ALIVE in Christ, forgiven ALL sin (Colossians 2:13-14, Hebrews 10:1-17).
      God does not account our sins anymore.
      So then we can share our struggles with God, not to receive “forgiveness” but to receive “power” from the GRACE of God
      that we already have in Christ.
      He has already forgiven us all sin when we believed.
      Heb 10 “10 by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
      “I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more.”
      18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

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      • What is God’s solution to transformation?
        It is not “confession” and “keeping short accounts” but to LOOK to JESUS and be transformed. Let us keep feeding on His LOVE on the cross and resurrection.
        Hebrews 12 “looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,”
        2nd Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

        The Law makes us conscious of sin but Grace makes us conscious of Christ our Righteousness who transforms us.

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      • thank you so much. I loved how you explained it for me, that I now share my struggles with God to receive power to overcome my weaknesses. thank you and God bless. keep sharing

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