If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
1. “If we confess our sins…” Here we must discern what the crux of the issue is. We confess sins we know about. We can only be in a state of condemnation for sins we have done because our conscience testifies to us that we have erred and ministers guilt to us.
Lucifer also takes advantage and whispers to us that we have erred and heaps guilt and a feeling of unworthiness upon us. This guilt has the power to trap the child of God in the condemnation of the sin committed and prevent him from doing what God’s will is; that is to get out of that consciousness of sin, receive forgiveness freely by the infinite power of Grace, allow your conscience to be washed with the power of the Blood and be truly at liberty to be all that God’s Word says you are. Selah.
It refers to sin consciousness as the problem. Not sin. But the consciousness of sin. For that same child of God will do so many things that are sin BUT will not be held in condemnation by the assaults of his conscience because he is not even aware of it as sin. He will sin “in ignorance” and “score” himself a hundred percent at the close of the day, and his conscience will agree with him. Lucifer can’t leverage that “ignorant sin” against the child of God because the child of God’s mind does not even reckon it. And note, that ignorant sin is forgiven by reason of the blood. So you see, the trouble is not really sin but the consciousness of sin.
In the book of Hebrews chapter 9, we find references devoted to tackling this problem- the “consciousness of sin”. And the highlight is placed at Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Selah See it… “purge your conscience!!!”
So we conclude that the reason I ask forgiveness is because of me. By asking I awaken to the action of the blood’s power to purge my conscience and rid me of that nagging guilt. So we see it stated… “faithful and just to forgive you and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness”