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.
Welcome to Part III of this very timely lesson on Understanding the Importance of Confession.
Last week, we got into some details about the confession the person that is lost needs to make in order to be saved. We can find that confession in Romans 10: “…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth THE LORD JESUS…”
We also discussed how the lost person must repent in order to be saved. Now, I am going to go ahead and explain this point a little further. Some people have confused repentance with doing penance. The Bible does not teach “doing penance.” The Bible teaches “repentance.” Romans 10: 9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Now, why is a person saved when he does this? Verse 10 gives us the answer. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and WITH THE MOUTH CONFESSION is made unto salvation.”
Now, what gives man the right to believe he’s righteous or right with God? According to the Scripture, Jesus died for our sins (Gal. 1: 4). He was raised from the dead for our justification (Rom. 4: 25). The same Greek word that’s translated “justification” is also translated “righteousness.” Therefore, we can say it like this: Jesus was raised from the dead that we might be made right with God.
Notice what Romans 10: 10 says, “…With the MOUTH CONFESSION is made unto salvation.” With his heart man believes that he is right with God, and because he believes he’s right with God, he confesses he is saved!
Several years ago, while I was the pastor of another congregation, I would visit some of my parishioners. On one particular visit, the man of the house was home, but his wife, who was the one who came to church, wasn’t there. The husband wasn’t a Christian, and he never came to church. So I took the opportunity to talk to him.
We talked about natural things for a while, and then we started to talk about things of God. He said, “Brother Prescod, don’t you think that if I live a good life as you do that I stand a good chance of going to heaven as you do?”
I said, “No, sir. You certainly don’t. Because, I’m not taking any “chances” at all about it. You’re the one who is taking the chance. I’ve been born again, and I’m a new creature in Christ Jesus.”
He went on to say, “I believe that Jesus was a good man and a prophet. I’ve read history books, and I believe in George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I believe in Jesus the same way.”
In other words, to this man, Jesus was just a historical character. But that belief won’t save anybody. I am out of time today; we will pick this up next week.
Word for Today: "When you Ask"
Don’t ask amiss; James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” When we try to tell God how to do it we are trying to consume our answer upon our own lust. Our part is to ask in faith and let God answer His way, He knows how to get the answer to us and all glory goes to him. Remember we never tell God how to do it, we will hinder the answer ever time.