"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."
1 John 1:8-10 (NKJV)
I love the Word of God. It is in it that I find my only hope for life, love, and eternal existence. I love the bluntness of It. I love that it gives me clear parameters of His expectation and my responsibility. It calls me to a place of self- reflection and honesty. It refuses to allow me to live on the fringe seeking to find loopholes for my failures.
Verses 8-10 in 1 John couldn’t be more clear. John, being used of the HolySpirit, calls us out of our hypocrisy leaving us with no excuse. He says to me that if I claim to have “no” sin that I am a liar. He further states that if I will admit my sin that He is faithful and will mercifully forgive everyone. He calls me to a place of honest confession and confession matters. Why does it matter?
It matters because God is trying to get me to come to grips with my need for Him. When I refuse to confess my failure and need, I continue to trust myself for my wellbeing and salvation. But when I acknowledge my inabilities, it allows me to see His abilities. Confession is the key to our salvation. 1 John says that my confession cleanses me from ALL unrighteousness. Does that mean I stop sinning at the moment of my confession? Absolutely NOT! What it does mean is this: From that point forward, He will no longer see me as unrighteous. His perfection at the cross was a propitiation (gained favor) performed for all of humanity. Some will refuse the free gift of the cross. The ones that don’t refuse it are the ones who see themselves for who they really are; ones who recognize that they need saving.
Our confession of this truth is the door that leads to our rescue. In short, it's really not that hard. We only have to admit that we were wrong and that His goodness can make all our wrongs right. Confess that He is good and that we are not and that we ALL need the cleansing of the cross. At that moment, salva- tion becomes ours and He no longer looks upon us as sinners. At that moment, we are saved!