Why Do We Confess Our Sins If We’re Already Forgiven?

1 John 1:9 Psalm 51
Joel Webbon

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” In this text, it appears as though confession is a “condition” for forgiveness. So how do we reconcile this text with the idea that Christians are completely forgiven of all their sins (including future sins) from the moment of conversion?