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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Confession

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs

I.  Introduction.
    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. 
            6:12).
        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. 
                 16:16-18).
            (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 
                  political.
             (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. 
                  2:17).
     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. 
                  3:16).
             (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" 
             (Rev. 3:4-6).

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: [email protected]
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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