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 IV of this timely lesson on “Understanding the Importance of Confession.”
As I closed last week, I was discussing my visit with a gentleman who was not saved and had the wrong perception about Jesus Christ. Let me go back and recap what he said.
“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. The Bible did not say if you believe that Jesus Christ is a historical figure like George Washington or Abraham Lincoln you shall be saved.
No, it says in 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.”
When you believe in your heart that Jesus died for your iniquities, your offenses, and your sins, and that He was raised from the dead for your justification and righteousness, then you are saved.
This man continued to say, “I know that he died, but I don’t know about His being raised from the dead.” He went on to say, “Let me tell you what I believe…”
That’s the thing that defeats most people and even Christians many a times. The reason they don’t get healed is, they go by what they believe and not what the Bible says. The reason why many Christians are not filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues is their beliefs over what the Bible says.
As far as I know, this man died and went to hell. It’s sad if he did, but you can’t make people get saved. And God is not going to make people get saved, either. Some people get in the ditch on the issue of confession in regards to getting other people saved. They start believing that God will just make people get saved. No, when God made us, He gave us a free will of our own.
In the Old Testament God said, “Choose you this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). But some people get in the ditch and just keep confessing that everyone is going to get saved. No, my friend, that’s not what the Bible says.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
This is how it’s done. We have to invite Him in with our confession. Will you make that decision today?
Word for Today: "Be a Winner"
The Apostle Paul believes in playing to win. In 1Corinthians 9: 24, Paul asks this question, know you not that they which runs in a race run all, but one receive the prize? So run that ye may obtain (win). To win in life means to prosper spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially.