The New Testament Stance on Confession

The New Testament Stance on Confession

“Am I in right standing with (acceptable to) the Father right now? If so, on what basis?” All born-again believers need to have solid answers to these two questions, as our answers to these questions form the bedrock of our faith.

Biblically, confession means, “to say the same thing as God.”  Therefore, when we sin, we should confess what God says about our sin.

So, what does the New Testament say about our sin?  It says God knew about it ALL, and He put ALL the punishment for ALL of it upon Jesus on the cross ONCE and for ALL; there is no more punishment for our sin left for us!

When Jesus was on the Cross, He cried “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus was separated from God on the Cross, but because Jesus experienced the separation from God caused by sin, there is no more separation from God’s end for us!  While sin has practical consequences in our life through the relational discord it causes between us and others, our relational position with the Father is completely secure from His perspective. Keep reading to find out how that can be.

It is hard for us as humans to understand how we would not need to “get right again” with the Father when we sin. After all, from our perspective, we had not committed this “new sin” before receiving the atoning work of Christ in our life. So, we logically reason that we must do something now to make ourselves right with God again. However, in so doing, we are forgetting that God exists outside of time. He made time. He sees time from one end to the other. A thousand years is as a day to Him and a day is as a thousand years. So, when, as believers, we sin, the sin is “news to us,” but it is not a surprise to God; He exists in eternity and saw all our victories and ALL OF OUR SINS before He even began time. It’s not that we don’t have choice about our future – we have a completely free will – but God has already seen every decision we will choose to make!

God’s eternal perspective is how He was able to offer ONE SACRIFICE for sins for ALL TIME. (Hebrews 10:12)

Obviously there have been many sins committed since Jesus hung on the cross and bore the wrath of God for all sin. God’s ability to deal with your and my sin 2000 years ago was based on the fact that God had already seen every one of our transgressions, gathered them all up, and put them all on Christ.

No sin you will ever commit went unnoticed by God when He punished sin in Christ.  Your most recent or “new sin” is NOT new to God, there is no need for Him to deal with it again.

Often, we feel pretty emotional when we sin – sad to have done what we did – especially in light of how much God loves us and gave us in His Son. That said, there is no need to offer our own sacrifice for sin because of our emotions. “Where there is remission of these (sin and lawless deeds), there is no longer an offering for sin.” (Hebrews 10:18). God is looking for a different type of sacrifice in the New Testament: our praise! (Hebrews 13:15)

So, when you are surprised by your sin, know that God is not. Remind yourself that God saw that sin before He punished Jesus for all sin for all time, and that He did not leave out the punishment for this sin either. Jesus bore it all! So, simply thank God for taking care of this sin as well. Fall on your face and worship Him for paying this debt off too!

Honor the work of Christ on the cross by thanking God for what He already accomplished. In so doing, we will be confessing what God says about our sin:

it HAS BEEN paid for – in full.

Hear more in Part 1 and Part 2 of Brad Ettore’s Sermon The New Testament Stance on Confession.

Scripture References on God’s perspective concerning time: Ps 139:16; Isa 57:15; Jer 1:5; Acts 15:18; Ps 90:2,4; 2 Pet 3:8.
Scripture References on our right standing with God through Christ: Heb 9:12; Heb 9:26; Heb 10:10; Heb 10:12; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; Jn 1:29; Rom 5:1; Rom 5:9; Rom 5:10; Rom 5:11.

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