But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. Hebrews 9:7
Under the old covenant, God made provision for sins committed in ignorance. Later in the same chapter, the writer goes on to speak about the greater provision of Christ saying, “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ … cleanse our consciences” (verse 14).
God goes to extraordinary lengthens to ensure that our conscience can be cleansed even from those sins we commit in ignorance. God forgives us of things we’re often not aware of and sometimes he doesn’t even point them out to us.
We can constantly live in a state of being forgiven because in Christ we have up to the minute forgiveness. We don’t need to wait until the end of the day and make a mental list of all our wrongdoings in order for God to forgive us. God is constantly forgiving us. John writes, “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light … the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). If we’ve committed our lives to God we have committed ourselves to walking in the light, therefore we are continually being purified from sin.
Certainly, we need to confess and repent of those sins God brings to our attention but God has given us such incredible freedom. Not only has he paid for all our sins past, present and future. He frees us from the need to keep track of our sins. God has dealt with our sins so completely that we are free to live abundant lives.