Confession and Forgiveness

Confessing our sins

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they sinned (Genesis 3).  The couple were aware of this transgression and its consequence – God had been very clear about that!  They attempted to hide their sin by covering their nakedness using fig leaves. What they did not understand and what is important for us, is to realize that only God can adequately provide a true covering for sin.

God wants us to know what is required of us and be aware of our sins: He does not want us to try to hide our sins from Him.  Rather, we are to take responsibility for our actions and confess our sins:  this takes self- examination, honesty and humility.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Forgiveness through Jesus’ sacrifice

God provided “skins” from animals to cover the sin (symbolized in nakedness) of Adam and Eve.  God had to shed the blood of an animal to provide the skin coverings. This action introduced the concept of the necessity of shedding blood to cover sin. The sinners were unable to provide their own covering and relied on God to provide it for them. This principle is stated in the book of Hebrews:

Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (Hebrews 9:22)

The covering of sin is ultimately seen in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ for all humanity. Sin entered the world by one man, the first Adam, but another man, Jesus Christ, the second Adam, will ultimately remove sin and death.  This will fufill a promise God made when speaking to Adam and Eve about sin (Genesis 3:15).

Summary

When Adam and Eve sinned, they attempted to hide their sin from God.  God knew the couple had disobeyed Him and sought them out.  He questioned them, but rather then confess, they blamed someone else for their trespass.

The LORD God made a promise that He would put sin to death, termed the “seed of the serpent” through a person, termed the “seed of the woman”.  The LORD God then killed an animal, shedding its blood and covering the sin (nakedness) of the couple.

The LORD God provided the forgiveness of our sins through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the shedding of his blood.  Forgiveness requires that we are in a promise relationship with God; that we are aware of our sins and believe in the forgiveness provided; and that we confess our sins.   When we do this we are cleansed from our unrighteousness.

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