I was readings Psalms 132 and came across verse 9 which states, “Let the priests wear robes of righteousness and the saints shout for joy.” The thought came to mind that as Christians we are the priests of God,
In the Pentateuch, God’s people went to the High Priest to confess their sins. This was done every year, but many years later, Jesus became our High Priest in the order of Melchezidek (See Psalm 110 and Hebrews 5) when he died on the cross. He bore ALL our sins ( past sins, present sins and future sins). It is also written in the book of Hebrews that once and for all, he forgave us all of our sins! ONCE AND FOR ALL! We have no further need to keep asking God to forgive us our sins– It has been done. So what do we do if we sin? We repent. WE still agree with God that it was wrong, but asking for forgiveness and confessing our sins is not the same thing. Confess means to agree with. You agree with God that sin is wrong.
After Jesus went to the cross, we believers became priests of God, We are the priests that wears robes of righteousness. We have made right with God because was made sin for us. Now it is our responsibility to be a priest.
Nowhere in the Letters of he New Testament do you read, “Ask God to forgive you of your sin.” Instead you will read In James 5 and Ephesians 4. it says to “Confess your trespasses to another one” and “forgiving on another as in Christ God forgave you. (See! He already forgave us! WE just have to forgive each other!)
“Hey, brother! Sorry, man but I took your lawnmower. Forgive me?”
“Yes, of course, but next time ask.”
And of course you learn from your mistake. You know stealing is wrong so you repent and the next time you ask to borrow it. That goes for any sin– Confess then repent, but don’t ask Jesus to forgive you because he already went to the cross. In fact, I think that was Jesus meant when he said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
We all have been tempted to sin and unfortunately, we cave in and sin. In fact, Paul wrote, “We all have sinned and fall short the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 I believe).
I am so thankful that Jesus died for my sins on the cross, but I am glad he also rose again too because then we have eternal life. We have a relationship that has been restored. We have been reconciled with God all because God loved us so much that He sent His son as a sacrifice.
If you do not know Jesus, why not start now? If you would like to ask him to your heart, all you have to say, “Jesus, I believe in you. Come into my heart.” Once you say that, he is there in your heart and the great news is all your sins are forgiven! Paul puts it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away;behold, all things have become new.” We get a new start in life. How great is that?