In 1 john 1:9, he said “If we confess our sins (so…whatever follows… it is conditional), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleans us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and his word is not in us”..
So God will fully forgive us… cleans us even…completely remove the stain of sin….IF we confess it.
It all hinges on “confession”.
SO what is confession? What is it to “confess our sins”
Well, The Hebrew word for ‘confess’ means to ‘acknowledge’. In the NT, confess could be translated as “to agree with someone or to say the same thing as another”.
So to “confess” our sin, is essentially to say that you agree with God about your sin. It is to acknowledge sin for what it is, not make excuses for it, but to turn away from it.
If we confess our sin in that manor, then God will forgive us.
We can be absolutely certain of this because of the fact that God is faithful & just.
“Faithfull” - that means God will do what He has said he will do; and “just”, that is – completely fair.
Someone might argue that God isn’t being ‘just’ he effectively pardons and frees us from our sin free of charge!!
But the truth is, once you have confessed your sin to God, He can free you from the charge of your sin because He dished out the punishment for that sin on Jesus. Jesus died the death that you deserve because of your sin. Justice was paid by Jesus so that you could know God.
Therefore “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleans us from all unrighteousness.