In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7
There are so many Christians that think they were only forgiven for their past sin. In other words, they were taught that they were forgiven from the day they were born until the day they were born again. And they think their future sins are not forgiven until they confess them and seek forgiveness.
Friends, when Jesus died on he cross, how many of your sins were future? Unless you are more than 2,000 years old, all your sins were future then. Jesus took them all upon Himself, nailed them to the cross and declared, “It is finished.” So if you are not forgiven of ALL, then you are not forgiven at ALL.
Now, someone may ask, “So, Jesus also died for the sin I just committed?” Yes, that’s true, He did. “And for the sins which I will commit?” Yes, that’s true. That’s the very reason He said, “It is finished.”
But so many Christians are inconsistent in their believing. One part of us says, “God has forgiven me of all my sins.” But another part says, “Yes, but I must confess my sins to be forgiven of them.” Has that been your thinking? It was mine for a good portion of my adult life.
But know this. You are forgiven not because of your work of confession. Your confession CANNOT wash away your sins. You are forgiven because of the blood of Jesus shed for you. His blood ALONE cleanses you. You cannot believe that you are forgiven of your past, present and future sins, and still think that there is something for you to do to make that forgiveness complete. If you do, then it becomes your work too, not Jesus’ ALONE. The Bible tells us in Titus 3:5-7 that,
“It’s not by (our own) WORKS of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; that being JUSTIFIED BY HIS GRACE, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
So, to the question, “Is there a place for confession of sin? If you have just sinned, you can always tell God about it without feeling condemned because you know that you ALREADY HAVE forgiveness and that Jesus was condemned in your place. But you don’t confess your sins to God in order to be forgiven. You ALREADY have total and complete forgiveness because of the blood of Jesus. Always remember, believe and confess that Jesus cleansed you once and for all (Hebrews 9:12, 26, 10:10).