New Covenant Confession
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
In my last post, I explained how 1 John 1:9 has been a widely misunderstood verse for a very long time. Confessing sins has become a major doctrine of the church yet it’s only mentioned once in the entire new covenant! If it was really as important as everyone makes it out to be, I would think that Paul would have mentioned it in every single epistle! We can’t dump everything we know to be true about God because of one verse. When we come across a verse that seems to contradict everything else the new covenant says about God, we probably aren’t understanding things accurately.
Does confession apply to the born again believer? Yes! Confession is an amazing tool that God has provided for us to see victory in the midst of every battle. We just need to use is correctly.
Agree With God
The reason we don’t see victory is because we aren’t confessing the right things. The Greek word for confess is homologeō and it means “to say the same thing as another” and ”to praise and celebrate.”
Simply confess, or agree with God, about your sins. He says that you are 100% forgiven (Colossians 3:13), He has removed them as far as east is from the west (Psalms 103:12), and our sins and lawless deeds are remembered no more (Hebrews 10:17). As you confess everything the Word says about your sins, it will soon turn to praise and celebration! Before you know it, you’ll be so consumed with the goodness of God that any sin you’re going through will soon be a distant memory.
When I got out of the Army in 2010, I had anger problems, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, an alcohol dependency, atrial fibrillation–the list goes on and on. I did everything in my power to get control, but nothing was working (I go into more detail in my testimony post). Nothing changed until I grew in my understanding of the goodness of God and my true identity in Christ.
I started to confess (agree with) what the Word says about me. I no longer accepted the things the world threw at me. Yes, I had been through some terrible situations, but I didn’t have to allow those things to control me. My past was no longer going to determine my future. As I was learning the truth, I was being set free (John 8:32).
One day, I realized I hadn’t had a drink in 3 days without even trying to quit! Then I was healed of atrial fibrillation. All the negative strongholds I was dealing with started to fall away effortlessly by agreeing with what the word says about me!
Clearing Your Conscience
People will say that confessing sins doesn’t change how God sees you, but it changes how you see God. Sometimes we are so ashamed with what we’ve done that we have to get it off our chest so we can approach God with confidence again.
I disagree with this logic. I see where they are coming from, but confessing the problems in your life will never produce victory. Agreeing with the truth is the only way to see freedom from the problems you are facing.
If you have done something that is hindering your relationship with God and you can’t seem to approach Him with confidence, just apologize and move on. Please understand that I am not telling you to ask for forgiveness and move on. Saying I’m sorry and asking for forgiveness are two very different things.
Asking for forgiveness is implying that He hasn’t already forgiven you which is simply untrue. Saying I’m sorry is acknowledging that you messed up but you’re not dwelling on it. An example would be, “Father, I’m sorry for doing that, but I thank you for loving me in the middle of my mess. Thank you for your amazing gift of grace and making me the righteousness of God in Christ. I know that you have given me power over this sin and I praise you for everything you have done and continue to do in my life.”
Taking your focus off your problems and on to God will cause those problems to take care of themselves. Magnifying the problem will never set you free. It’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance, not confessing sin (Romans 2:4). Just acknowledge the problem and confess His goodness and grace. It’s really that simple.