Step 3 - Confession
So far, we have covered in the gospel
plan of salvation Faith and
fully believing in what God’s word says (faith), and resolving to turn
away from all that is contrary to what His word teaches (repentance),
Confession of the name of Christ before others is commanded.
To confess means “to own, acknowledge,
or to avow.” Why would God have us confess that Jesus Christ is His Son?
Because one cannot be anything of value secretly. There is no such thing
as a “closet Christian.” Notice in Jn. 19:38 that Joseph of
Arimathea, who at first was a secret disciple of Christ because he
feared the Jews, eventually comes out into the open to render service to
the Lord. God needs us to openly & publicly confess our allegiance to
Him; that is how we become "salt" and "light" for the Lord and His kingdom
(Mt. 5:13-16). More importantly, we
need to openly and publicly confess Jesus as the Christ. One
will never fully embrace what he only avows secretly. Others need to know
where our allegiance lies. Only then can we serve God faithfully.
Consider the following Biblical
reasons for confessing Jesus Christ as Lord:
To be confessed (acknowledged) by
Christ, we must confess Him.
In Mt. 10:32-33, Jesus
plainly teaches that He will deny knowing us before God the Father if we
deny, or do not confess, His name before others. If we think about it,
this is only fair...the Lord will go as far we go in confession.
Confessing Christ shows we want God’s
praise more than man’s.
In Jn. 12:42-43, some Jewish
rulers believed (had faith) that Christ was the Son of God. Yet,
because of fear of losing status among the Jews, they would not publicly
acknowledge it. Notice the text states they believed in Christ (v.
42). Would those who claim to be saved by faith only be
willing to state that these men, though not confessing Christ as Lord,
were saved because of their faith? Again, faith only will not save.
Confessing Christ leads to our salvation.
In Rom. 10:9-10, Paul
states that confession works with our faith. Are we saved at the point
of confession only? Some would say “Yes”, based upon v. 9. Yet
v. 10 states that confession is made “to” or towards salvation. Just like repentance (previous article),
confession is "to" or "towards" salvation.
We have an example in Acts 8:26-39
of a conversion of a sinner where confession was made. The evangelist
Philip preached Jesus to an Ethiopian (v. 35). Judging from
the man’s question regarding baptism, we must conclude that Philip
obviously taught about it (v. 36). Philip tells him he can
be baptized if he believes Jesus is Christ the Lord. Upon that, the
Ethiopian makes his confession of Christ (v. 37). Was he
saved at the point when he made his confession? No...he had to do
something else. After doing all that was commanded of him (submitting to N.T. water baptism), only then could he go on his way rejoicing in his new
found freedom from sin (v. 39). His confession of Christ
put him one step closer to salvation. Our confession will do the same for
not you confess Jesus as the Christ, He still will be just that... the
Messiah. Your confession or failure to do so will not change who He
really is. He came as the Christ (Jn. 1:1-2, 14; Phil. 2:6-7), and
God the Father has enthroned Him as the Christ (Acts 2:36; Eph.
1:18-23). So, as you can see, the real benefit
to openly acknowledging what is already the truth will be for your soul's
salvation. For your eternal sake, have you confessed the name of the Lord
- Jeff Smith
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