1 Jhn 1:8 - If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 Jhn 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 Jhn 1:10 - If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us. 1 Jhn 2:1 - My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Hey brothers, I am having a hard time understanding these verses. It seems like they say that we have to confess our sins to receive forgiveness. How does this fit with the truths taught in 2:2 , that Christ is our propitiation? If he atoned for us believers, why do we need to receive forgiveness through confession?