Books of Bible
By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
A. Importance of confessing Jesus as the Christ of Jehovah.
1. "Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life
eternal, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the
good confession in the sight of many witnesses" (1 Tim.
2. "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. For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation" (Rom. 10:9-10).
(a) The church is built upon the solid-rock-truth that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matt.
(b) It is clear that in the absence of a confession of
Jesus as Lord there can be no forgiveness of sins and
no hope of eternal reward.
II. Meaning Of The Good Confession.
A. Expresses faith in the sublime truth that Jesus is both Lord
and Christ and that he died to save us.
1. "And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified
in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the
nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory"
(1 Tim 3:16).
2. "Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly,
that God hath made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus
whom ye crucified" (Acts 2:36).
B. The confession acknowledges that Jesus is Priest and King.
1. The Hebrew word "Messiah" and the Greek word "Christ"
both mean "anointed."
(a) If Jesus is Christ, he is anointed of God (the
Christ of God, or the Messiah of God).
(b) Jehovah appointed (anointed) his beloved Son to be
head of the church and ruler of the universe.
Priests and Kings, under the old law, were anointed
to their positions. The King ruled over secular
matters, and the Priest ruled over sacred things.
Jesus rules over all things, but his kingdom is not
(c) Aaron and his sons were anointed and sanctified to
be high priests (Ex. 30:30; Lev. 8:12).
(d) Samuel anointed Saul and David to their kingships
(1 Sam. 10:1; 1 Sam. 16:13).
2. Jesus is Christ (anointed) to be King of kings and Lord
of lords, and high priest forever after the order of
Melchizedek (1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 17:14; Psa. 110:4; Heb.
5:6,10; 6:20; 7:17).
(a) He is to have absolute rule over us on earth and is
our advocate in heaven: "And why call ye me, Lord,
Lord, and do not the things which I say? Every one
that cometh unto me, and heareth my words, and doeth
them, I will show you to whom he is like: he is like
a man building a house, who digged and went deep,
and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a
flood arose, the stream brake against that house,
and could not shake it: because it had been well
builded. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is
like a man that built a house upon the earth without
a foundation; against which the stream brake, and
straightway it fell in; and the ruin of that house
was great" (Luke 6:46-49).
(b) Having confessed him as Master of our life, we will
not hesitate to obey his command to be baptized in
order to have our sins washed away (Acts 2:38;
22:16). We will be faithful to him at all cost,
even to death (Rev. 2:10).
(c) He loves us and intercedes for us: "Wherefore it
behooved him in all things to be made like unto his
brethren, that he might become a merciful and
faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to
make propitiation for the sins of the people" (Heb.
C. The confession is the creed of the church.
1. The Bible is not our creed; Jesus is our only creed.
(a) The word "creed" means what one believes.
(b) Christians confess, "I believe that Jesus Christ is
the Son of God." That is our creed!
(c) Christians have no creed but Christ, and no
doctrine but the New Testament. (See 1 Cor. 3:11;
1 Pet. 2:3-8).
2. There is a supreme dignity in the good confession.
3. Those who have made the good confession before us.
(a) Jehovah made the confession (Matt. 3:17; 17:5).
(b) Jesus made the confession (Matt. 26:63-64, 1 Tim.
(c) Peter made the confession (Matt. 16:16).
(d) Martha made the confession (John 11:27).
(e) Stephen made the confession (Acts 7:55-56).
(f) Timothy made the confession (1 Tim. 6:12).
D. Made with the mouth (Rom. 10:9-10).
E. If we confess him, he will confess us.
1. "Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him
will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also
deny before my Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 10:32-33).
2. "But thou hast a few names in Sardis that did not defile
their garments: and they shall walk with me in white; for
they are worthy. He that overcometh shall thus be
arrayed in white garments; and I will in no wise blot his
name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name
before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an
ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches"