Confession of sin is only mentioned in the Bible as being important in the context of becoming a Christian (1 John Chapter1:verses 8-10) and continuing sickness (James 5:14-16).
What we do, whether sin or not, is a result of what we believe, think and feel (Matthew 12:35; Romans 2:29).
The core of sin is unbelief, a failure to trust in God and His Word (Genesis 3:1; Matthew 4:3, 5, 9).
The problem with unbelief is that it makes sin look attractive and even good (Genesis 3:6; Romans 1:18-32).
When we sin our perception of our relationship with each other and God is broken so we hide in fear and shame (Genesis 3:7-8; Romans 1:18-32) even when God is still clearly seeking and talking to us (Genesis 3:9; 4:9-16).
God’s solution is to cleanse us from sin with Jesus’ blood (Hebrews 10:22) kill off our old broken sinful nature on the cross (Romans 6:6-7) and replace it with Jesus righteousness and powerful holy eternal life (Ezekiel 36:26; Ephesians 1:3-5) forgetting ALL our sins (Hebrews 8:12; 10:10, 17-18).
God credits us with Jesus righteousness effectively making us part of all the good things Jesus has done (1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:3).
God implants in us the power required to live like Jesus (Ephesians 1:18-20; 2 Peter 1:3).
But to learn to trust God in doing this we actually have to get to know Him personally and intimately (Jeremiah 4:22; 9:24; 31:34; Ezekiel 36:26-28).
Thus the main teaching of the New Testament is about renewing the heart/mind through repentance (repentance means changing your mind) and turning to God and receiving the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:2; Acts 2:38; 20:21).
The real solution to the unbelief which is at the root of sin is being with God, listening to Him and letting Him personally transform our inner person and thinking (Exodus 33:13; Ezekiel 36:26-28; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 3:6-19).
Our response to God’s offer in Jesus:
Lord Jesus, I praise and thank You that You died on the cross to pay for all the things I have ever done and will ever do wrong. I thank You for that and accept now Your free forgiveness for all my rejection of You and God and cleansing from my sin. Thank You that You took that old me on to the cross and it died with You. Fill me now with Your Holy Spirit, raising me from the dead to eternal life now with God and You. Thank you for the new heart and new spirit You have placed within me that is founded on the character of God and physically joined to Your Holy Spirit. I praise and thank You that in You I am made totally new, whole and Holy, a full and complete child of God. Amen.
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As a Christian we are new creations (John 3:5-6; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Colossians 3:9-10; Ephesians 2:10; 4:24). The old person that was sinful by nature died on the cross with Jesus (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:24; 6:14; Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:1, 3, 9-10; 1Peter 1:23) because it was too damaged to renovate (Matt. 5:13-48).
You and I have been given a new identity which results from Jesus Personal Presence in us and our presence in Him, the Holy Spirit’s Presence in and around us, the physical union of our spirit with the Holy Spirit, and the gift of a new heart (mind, emotions, will, imagination) that has God’s laws of love as it core (Jeremiah 31:33; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Luke 15:31; John 3:5-6, 16; 4:9; 5:11-12, 21; 17:3, 20-23; Acts 11:15-18; 15:9; Romans 2:29; 5:2, 5, 21; 6:4-5, 22; 8:2, 10-17, 30, 32; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 3:17, 21-23; 6:11, 14; 2 Corinthians 3:3, 6, 17-18; 4:16; 8:9; 10:4; 12:9; Galatians 4:7; 5:22-23; 6:8; Ephesians 1:3-4, 11, 13-14, 19-20, 23; 2:5, 22; 3:6, 8, 19; 4:23-24; Philippians 3:12-14; 4:19; Colossians 1:27; 2:12; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; Hebrews 2:6-7; 6:19; 8:10; 9:15; 10:10; James 1:3-4; 1 Peter 1:2, 4; 2:24; 5:10; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 2:20, 27; 4:4)
That nature is sinless because it is Jesus own eternal life and He is sinless. But we still have the choice of which nature we identify with and live from (Romans 8:13; 13:14; Ephesians 4). And because the world around us is based on rebellion against God, we actually have to choose to immerse ourselves in the nature and culture of God and heaven (Eph. 1; Col. 3:1-2) so we can see and learn how to live God’s way, so we can see Jesus and be transformed by the experience (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18; Ephesians 1:18).
If identify myself as a sinner I am only seeing the old dead nature and living in that. If I identify myself with my new sinless nature in Christ I will be looking at Jesus and being transformed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18).