The confession of sin is the integral and necessary component that determines whether your spiritual life will function properly or not. Taught in the third and fourth Levitical offerings, and explained in the parable of the prodigal son, Lk. 15:18, and then described in 1 Jn. 1:9, and of course the mechanics are explained here in this verse. This is the very first principle of Christianity that everyone should learn and understand, but unfortunately most Christians do not take the time to learn it, and even if they do have an inkling, they get it all mixed up. So, here is the explanation and why you need to know it.
When Adam was in the Garden, he committed the first sin of cognizance of humanity. Eve committed the first sin, but she did so from deception due to her not listening to the teaching and warning of Christ, who walked with them in the Garden.
Her error was that she thought that even touching the fruit was forbidden, when touching was not even mentioned. Next she failed to recognize that an animal, the serpent, was having a conversation with her, rather than mimicking words as a parrot would. She simply was not paying attention.
Adam, on the other hand, saw that Eve ate the fruit and he made a decision right then and there to eat it as well, fully knowing what he was doing.
Thus the fall of humanity was on Adam, and thus it is stated, through Adam all have sinned. And so the sin nature in mankind, is passed down through every generation through the male, not the female.
Now comes Mary, and then Jesus.
Joseph was not involved in her conception, and therefore Jesus was born without a sin nature. Adam was created perfect, but failed, and Jesus was born perfect and of course succeeded all the way through the Cross.
No man has ever lived their entire life fulfilling the Mosaic Laws. Man is not capable of that. The purpose of those Laws was to teach that man needed something else, someone else to save him. No man is capable of living the perfect live and thereby satisfying God. But Jesus did, thus fulfilling the Law, proving His perfect qualification for the Cross, and then of course He went to the Cross to fulfil the requirements of salvation for us all.
Salvation is necessary in order to eliminate the barrier that, that first sin placed between man and God. Without a way back to God, which is through faith in Christ, then our destiny would be permanent separation from God, which is nothing more than oblivion, which we call the Lake of Fire.
In the work of the Cross, the penalty of sin was paid in full, however forgiveness was not fulfilled, because even after salvation, or that moment when you believed in Christ, you still have your life before you and you will inevitably commit sins.
The characteristic of sin is that it is compared to filth or dirt. And when we get dirty, we have to wash it away in order to cleanse ourselves and make ourselves presentable. We do this regularly and repetitiously, like washing our hands, or taking showers and so forth.
In the spiritual life we likewise have to cleanse ourselves in order to be in the presence of God. No one can approach a king, when filthy. You must be cleaned and properly attired.
Therefore, confession is necessary in order to cleanse the sin from our life. This is symbolic, but is the process that God has decreed. Ours is to obey and abide by His procedure and not attempt to do something else of our own invention.
Spiritual growth, or the spiritual life, functions when you are clean, not when you are dirty. We call being clean, being in fellowship, and being dirty, being out of fellowship.
The mechanics of confession is this.
You name your sins to God the Father, and not to anyone else. And that is it. ‘Father I did this and that and this and that, etc.’ This is nothing more than a list of your current sins.
Then, God forgives you of your sins, and of all unrighteousness (forgotten or unknown sins), and restores you back into fellowship.
Commit another sin and you are out of fellowship immediately and thus the need to confess the new sin, etc. The cycle repeats itself depending on how obnoxious you happen to be.
Sooner or later, you will either give up confessing and live your life out of fellowship, and not have a functioning or meaningful spiritual life, or, you will develop some self-discipline, realize that your next responsibility is to pursue a daily bible study, also mandated by God, and thus learn and begin to grow up and develop your spiritual life. Spiritual growth to spiritual maturity is the objective for your life, and your preparation for eternity, for reward, and so forth.
This then is when everything in your life will change for the better.
This is why the spiritual lives of most people, fail.
They never learn the purpose of confession, never use it, and never get on track with their daily study. They just coast along in the fog of life and eventually complete their life as a wasted life, being nothing more than historical filler.
So, now you have to make the daily decision to dedicate your life, and study daily as required, or not.
Your entire future is in your hands. God will not build His temple in filth. Your believing that or pretending that, makes you the fool.
Every day, a study is written and provided online. It is easily accessible to everyone in the entire world.
A few will decide to pursue that study as they would valuable treasure. Most will have an excuse not to.
Which are you? Which are you going to be?
If you want something bad enough, you will stop at nothing to seek it out, to find it, and to possess it.
Those who pretend usually just complain or whine or expect someone else to do things for them, or they are simply all talk and nothing more.
Your spiritual life is yours and yours alone. No one else can grow it or do it for you.
So, what now?
Perhaps you should go to the prayer wall, which is likewise convenient and say a prayer. Humm!
Perhaps you should go find another lesson and read it, and another, and another. Humm!
What exactly is your life and your future worth to you?