READ: Joshua 7-9, Psalm 67, Luke 23, 2 Corinthians 7
When Achan sinned, Moses strangely exhorted him to “give glory to the Lord God and make confession” (Joshua 7:19). Achan had grievously sinned and would die for his sin (because his disobedience brought disaster on the congregation), yet there was still a place to glorify God by admitting his sin. God is glorified in many ways, one of which is when we confess our sins. When we confess our sins, we bring them into the light – and light (truth) is the exclusive domain of God. Truth honors God; it can do no other.
Jesus’ self-confession of deity and authority likewise was glorious. Pilate asks Jesus: “Are you the King of the Jews?” And Jesus confesses: “It is as you say” (Luke 23:3). Jesus continually and progressively bears witness to Himself. There is no shame in God declaring Himself to be God. We need not wince when we read the text when Jesus bears witness of Himself. This is the right of Deity. Man looks foolish when he self-exalts; God is diminished when He does not. It is glory for God to declare His own name.
Our glory is in confessing that we are not God. When we, criminals that we are, admit that we are justly condemned (Luke 23:40-43), we glorify God by participating in His truth. There is no shame in accepting and proclaiming the true nature of man. This, too, is our glory. Likewise, when fallen man confesses that Jesus is God [“Certainly this was a righteous man.” (Luke 23:47)], God is glorified.
Second Corinthians 7:9-11 explains the benefit of confession. Confession brings our weakness and depravity and sin into the light. There is an appropriate sorrow both for us and those who are affected by our sin. When we sorrow in a godly manner, we repent. Repentance leads to redemption and redemption to relief. Verse 11 is a bolt from heaven: “For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner. What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves.”
Sin breeds sorrow. When that sorrow leads us to confession it is godly. Confession results in clearing. How glorious it is to be free from guilt and shame. The lie of the devil is that the hiding of sin holds shame at bay. The truth is that unconfessed sin is raging sin and it destroys us from the inside. Confessed sin opens the portals of heaven into our darkness, and light and glory overwhelm shame. Confession is our glory for it lifts our heads and eradicates shame.
To confess sin is glorious. To confess who Jesus is, is glorious. For Jesus to bear witness of Himself is glorious. Let us not miss out on the glorious lifestyle of confession.