1. The word "confession" comes from the Greek word "Homologeo".
A. This word is made up of two words: "Homo"=like, and "Logos"=to speak.
2. So then, to confess Christ is to speak like He has spoken. 1 Pet. 4:11.
3. It means, to declare openly by way of speaking out freely, such confession being the effect of deep conviction of facts.
I. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONFESSION MENTIONED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
A. Confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God with all authority: Matt. 16:13-18; 10:32,33; Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:9,10.
B. Confession of faults, one to another: Jas. 5:16.
C. Confession of sins unto God: 1 Jno. 1:9; 2:1,2.
D. Confession by "every tongue" when "every knee" shall bow: Rom. 14:11; Phil. 2: 11.
II. OBJECTS OF THESE CONFESSIONS.
A. Confession that Christ is God's Son, by the alien sinner, unto salvation: Rom. 10: 9,10; Acts 8:37.
B. Mutual confession of faults and praying, "that ye may be healed". Jas. 5:16.
C. Confession of sins by erring child of God, in order to God's forgiveness and cleansing. 1 Jno. 1:5; 2:2.
D. A continural confessing by Christians, that God might abide in them. 1 Jno. 4:15.
E. Confession by "every tongue" that God might be glorified. Phil. 2:11.
III. HOW SHOULD CONFESSION BE MADE?
A. With the mouth, or by the tongue. Acts 8:37; Rom. 14:11; Phil. 2:10,11.
B. Before men. Matt. 10:32,33; 1 Tim. 6:12,13; Matt. 27:40-43; Acts 8:37.
C. With one's life. Col. 3:17.
1. Even though the word "confession" has to do with speaking, we need to realize that our "actions" can belie our words many times.
2. Therefore in that sense, we need to "confess" Christ in our words and life.
3. God confessed Christ to be His Son. Why shouldn't we?
4. Christ confessed Himself to be the Son of God.
A. This confession cost Him His life.
B. Are we willing to confess Him even in the face of persecution and possibly death? Jno. 12:42,43.
5. John said, "Behold the lamb of God." Why shouldn't we?
6. The demons said, "We know thee, thou Son of David." Why shouldn't we?
7. Peter said, "Thou are the Christ, the Son of God." Why shouldn't we?
8. The Samaritans confess Him. Why shouldn't we?
9. Thomas said, "My Lord and my God." Why shouldn't we?
10. The eunuch said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Why shouldn't we?
1. All shall confess one day. We cannot escape.
12. Why call Him, Lord, Lord, and do not do His will?
13 We must confess with our mouth what we believe in our heart, before we can be saved.
14. We must show our belief in Him in both word and deed.
15. Why not confess Him now?
16. Tomorrow might be too late!
By Jim Sasser
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