Confession of sins was under law but we are sinless under grace by faith

Many Churches all over the world practise the confession of sins. Some church-goers confess their sins to the Priests while others confess it to God based on 1 John 1:9.

But neither of them realize that confession of sins was only required under the law.

It was because law had commanded people to be righteous by obedience to commands.

Deuteronomy 6 “24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.””

When they broke the law, they had to repent and confess their sins with the animal sacrifices.

Leviticus 5:5 ” when anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned. As a penalty for the sin they have committed, they must bring to the Lord a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for them for their sin.”

They had to constantly confess their sins because their sins were never forgiven under the law that constantly commanded them to be righteous. They confessed sins all the time because they never had eternal forgiveness.

Hebrews 10 “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worshipOtherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sinsIt is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:…… “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are made holy.…. 18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”

But now in the New Covenant, by faith in the blood of Jesus, our sins are all forgiven and therefore there is no need for confession of sins. We are perfect and sinless by the blood of Jesus that removed the law.

We are not under the law of commands. We are righteous and sinless by faith in Jesus.

We are not under law but under grace. We are not sinners but righteous and perfect by faith and not our works!

But many Christians do not believe that they are perfect and sinless. They are still living under the law of commands.

The 12 Apostles and James believed in Jesus but also kept practising the law.

They believed in mixing Law and Grace because they did not understand what Jesus did on the cross.

James said that salvation was not by faith alone but also by the law.

James 2 “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism….If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. … 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? …….faith without deeds is useless….a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”

That is why James practised the confession of sins because they were trying to be righteous by the law.

James 5 “If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other “

John also believed in salvation by Faith AND the Law.

1 John 3 “23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. “

1 John 2 “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.”

John told believers to confess their sins (breaking the law) to be forgiven because they were required to obey the law of loving others for salvation.

1 John 1 “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 3 “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”

For the 12 Apostles, they were preaching to the 12 tribes of Israel and NOT the Gentiles.

Matthew 10 “These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. “

Matthew 19 “28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. “

James 1 ” James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:”

The reason James and the 12 Apostles required the confession of sins was because they were requiring faith AND the Law for salvation. They required “faith in Jesus AND loving others” to be saved.

But that is NOT the true Gospel. The 12 Apostles did not have the full revelation of the Cross where the law ended. The 12 Apostles still believed in the law for salvation.

They did not understand the Gospel that Paul received by revelation that salvation is by faith alone without the law.

Galatians 1 “11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”

Paul is the Apostle to the 12 Gentiles. He preached the true Gospel of Faith in Jesus without works of the law!

Romans 3 “21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”

We Gentiles were never under the law and the Jews never obeyed the law so that all were sinners.

But now we are righteous by faith in Jesus without the law.

The Law and ALL commands of works ended on the cross so that we are righteous by faith in Jesus.

Galatians 3 “23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian (law). 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,”

Ephesians 2 “15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations….through the cross,….For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Paul preached the Gospel to the Gentiles that we are Righteous by faith without doing a single work, without the law.

Romans 4 “Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those    whose transgressions are forgiven,    whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one    whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”……………………God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

We are not under law and therefore we do not sin. We died and the sinless Jesus lives in us.

Galatians 2 “19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. “

Romans 4 “where there is no law there is no transgression.”

There is no law or commands to us. Therefore the believer does not sin. We are sinless and perfect as Jesus Christ.

Colossians 2 ” For in Christ all the FULLNESS/PERFECTION of GOD lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to FULLNESS/PERFECTION…….Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

The unbeliever is dead in sin.

Everyone who believes in Jesus is made ALIVE forgiven all sins because we are not under law.

We cannot sin because even one sin brings death. Jesus already paid the wages of our sins by His death.

Romans 6:23 “the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ”

The believer is sinless because Christ rose from the dead and that is why we have eternal life in Christ because we were raised with Christ without sin!

Therefore the believer does not need to keep constantly confessing sins.

This is why Paul, our Apostle, never even ONCE asked believers to “confess” their sins but rather he constantly told us that we are forgiven all sins!

Ephesians 1 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ……to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,”

Therefore the believer is sinless and perfect as Jesus Christ.

Relax and enjoy your life in Christ.

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