To “Profess” means to “declare” or “say.” To “Confess” means to “agree with” or “say with”. This may sound like nit-picking but I think it’s important. The Bible tells us “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Many think this is saying, “If we ask God for forgiveness” when the reality is we are to “say with” or “agree” with God. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is why we are forgiven. Since we are already forgiven, through the work of the cross, we don’t need to “ask” God to forgive us over and over again. Rather if there is a sin, in the believer, we simply agree with God about it. If it’s sin we agree with God that it’s sin and we thank Him for the blood. Do you see the difference? Jesus is the reason we are forgiven not our pleading for God to forgive us. Only the blood provides the forgiveness. We are called to simply believe the blood is enough.
One thing we don’t want to do is to commit yet another sin, the sin of unbelief. Once we “agree with” God about a particular sin, we must believe the forgiveness is there and continue walking in Him. If we don’t, we may find ourselves under condemnation for something that God has already taken care of and find ourselves walking in unbelief as if the blood wasn’t enough.
We are told “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Our role is to walk in the light and His blood will automatically cleanse us.
So, as a believer, I’m walking along and I find myself desiring something I know I’m not supposed to have. At first I realize it’s only temptation but then it goes a bit too far and I sin. My response is Oh no, that isn’t right. That’s sin. That is not who I am anymore. Thank you for my new identity in Christ. Thank you for forgiveness through the cross and Jesus’ blood. Thank you for never letting me get away with anything that ignores your sacrifice on my behalf. Thank you for your restoring and keeping power in me.
Thank God for His provision found only in Jesus Christ.