The Power Of Confession

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The Power Of Confession

 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

 

32 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32-33 NKJV).

 

The word "therefore" is a conclusion of the thought prior to the current statement made by Christ. Five verses before Christ was talking about the fear of God and He concluded His thought in verse thirty-two by saying, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven." This is a promise made by Christ Himself that He will not cast out anyone who confesses Him before men but rather him He will also confess before His Father who is in heaven. Christ did not give any promise that was based on deeds but rather about confession that was based on faith.

 

Another way of saying it, we are accepted by His Father through faith alone and none of our deeds. Our faith is shown through our confession. Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV) says the same thing, "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." What is it that we should confess with our mouth and believe with our heart about Jesus? We should confess with our mouth and believe with our heart that Jesus is the Lord and that God has raised Him from the dead.

 

This promise is made for everyone who confesses with his mouth what he believes in his heart before men that Jesus is the Lord. But whoever denies Him before men, him He will also deny before His Father in heaven. Jesus gave both a promise to live with Him forever in heaven for those who confess Him before men or to be separated from Him forever for those who deny Him before men. The choice is ours to make while we are still alive on this earth because once we are dead, we cannot make any choice, neither can we confess nor believe. It is too late by then.

 

This warning comes from Christ directly and He gives us a choice between denying Him and die (separated from Him) or believing Him and live (forever with Him), the choice is ours. What is the purpose of this warning? What is so important about this warning that Christ Himself has the urge to let all the people know about the consequence of denying Him before men? How should we respond to this warning? Could it be that the only reason why He warns us because He loves us so much and He does not want us to be perished (2 Peter 3:9)? The promise is for today because we do not know tomorrow (we do not know when our time on this earth is up).

 

The choice that we have is to "deny Him and die" or "believe Him and live". The Bible in Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV) offers us a solution, which is to choose life and live. 19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live". May we all choose to believe Him and live. Amen.

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org