Confession is an important part of Christianity, but it is often misunderstood. It’s time to learn the positive side of confession and how to base your confession on the solid foundation of the Word of God.
Last week I spent some time discussing how some people have gotten in the ditch on one side or the other on the subject of confession, saying, “I don’t believe in that confession business.”
However, I took the time to discuss the differences between the confession for salvation which is found in Romans Chapter 10, and the confession believers make for the forgiveness of sins, which is found in First John Chapter One.
1 JOHN 1: 9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
First John 1:9 wasn’t written to sinners. The Apostle John wrote this letter to the Christians (1 John 2: 1-2). Christians know when they sin, but the whole life of a sinner is, in effect, sin. A sinner couldn’t confess everything he ever did wrong, because almost everything he has ever done is wrong.
If I had to confess all of my sins in order to be saved, then I wouldn’t be saved yet! But I’ve been saved for almost 38 years. Praise God! Yet every once in a while, even after 38 years of living a saved life, something will pop up in my mind that I did way back before I ever got saved. It wasn’t confessed 38 years ago, because I didn’t need to confess that sin in order to be saved. All I had to do was accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and obey Romans 10: 9 – 10. Now the man who committed that sin is gone. I am a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When Christians do something wrong, they know it immediately in their spirit. They’ve got a “monitor,” so-to-speak, right on the inside of them, and they can stop right there and then confess their sin according to 1John 1: 9, and He is faithful and just to forgive sin.
When a Christian confesses that he missed it – confessing his mistake or his sin – is not a confession unto salvation, because he is already saved. According to 1 John 1: 9, confession for a Christian is to keep him in fellowship with God.
In talking about people who are lost, notice again what the Bible says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth THE LORD JESUS…” (Rom. 10: 9). Confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord is the confession that saves.
There is repentance in the Romans 10: 9 confession. When you confess the Lord Jesus, it means you have changed your mind. You are not serving the devilanymore; you’re coming to Jesus. The confession unto salvation also includes a change of purpose. You’re changing Lords. Remember, it says, “…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth THE LORD JESUS…”
This is a very important point - I will elaborate next week.
Word for Today: "The Invisible Shield of Favor"
How would you like to find goodwill, acceptance, and consideration everywhere you go? The Bible calls that “favor.” For some people, the doors of opportunity always seem to swing wide open, the Bible calls that favor. In Psalms 5: 12 says, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (NIV). Imagine carrying around an invisible shield of goodwill where ever you go.