Confession of Christ Is A Blessing.
[Preached at Community Bible Chapel. Hico, Texas-4/2000]
Matt 10:32-33 says, "Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven. But, whosoever shall deny me before men ,him also will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven".
Everyone who comes face to face with Christ must do one of two things concerning Him. They must either confess Him or deny Him. There is no neutral ground.
It is foolish to say "I do not confess Him, but neither do I deny Him". By not confessing Him when we should is to deny Him. Matt 12:30,say, "He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad".
What does it mean to confess Him before others?
It means to identify, announce, and advertise ourselves with Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord by openly acknowledging by life and lip.
Notice the object of our confession: We do not confess our church affiliation, we are to confess the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
In Acts 1:8, the resurrected Lord said," Ye shall be witnesses unto me". We do not witness about, "the One upstairs", or "Providence", or any other scriptural name given some deity.
We are to confess The LORD JESUS CHRIST.
There Are Five Reasons Believers Should Confess Christ Openly.
1. The After-Salvation Plan Includes It.
Rom 10:8-10 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
"Believe in thine heart", saves and "confession", is made to that fact that we are saved. Confession supports faith. We receive imputed righteousness by faith and that salvation is confessed by mouth. Confession is about a personal experience of salvation by faith in Christ.
2. The Word of God Assumes It
Wherever we e read the promises in the Bible which relates to salvation, the assumption is that the one who is saved will tell others about this experience.
Psalms.107:2, says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy".
Psalms. 40:16, says, "Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified."
The Bible does not approve of a secret and silent believer.
John 9:22-25, says, "These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he (Jesus) be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see."
3. The Lord Of The Harvest Expects It.
The spread of the gospel depends upon the individual believer confessing Christ, continually, for this is the divine plan for world evangelization.
Matt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
4. The Day of Judgment Requires It.
Matt 10:32-33, Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Rom 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
The greatest honor which can come to anyone of us is to be this object of Christ's confession in that day, and, the most terrible disgrace is to be denied by Him. To the unbeliever this would mean to be banished from His presence at the final White Throne Judgment as written in .Rev. 20:11-15.
The believer who has failed in the matter of confession, will mean, "loss", at the Bema, (judgment seat of Christ) judgement.
2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
1 Cor 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
5. The Sacrifice of Calvary Demands It.
When our Lord died for us, He died openly. He was not ashamed of His act for us. He suffered the great humiliation for us, for all to see.
Heb 2:11, says, " For both He that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren".
There Are Five Ways Believers Confess Him Openly.
1. Believers Should Start the Christian Life by Open Confession.
This is important, an open public confession will strengthen their faith. Look again at the words of Rom.10:9-10.
Rom 10:9-10 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Consider the experience of the healed man.
Mark 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
Jesus told him to OPENLY CONFESS and HE DID.
Mark 5:20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
2. Every Believer Should Discretely And Constantly Confess Christ Openly Before Others By Mouth.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek
3. Every Believer Should Confess Christ Before Others By Baptism
Baptism is not a denominational matter. It is a Scriptural matter. In Acts they first believed and then confessed Christ by water baptism.Act.2:37-41 // 9:17-18 //10:44-48.
Acts 2:37-41 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Acts 9:17-18 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
Acts 10:44-48 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
4. Every Believer Should Confess Christ By A Godly Life
We make Him known by what we are and what we do. Our lives reflect on Him. Our reaction to the trials, and sufferings are an opportunity to confess our faith in Him.
5. Every Believer Should Confess Christ By Church Affiliation
Speaking of Peter and John
Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
A story is told of a great surgeon who performed a delicate and skillful operation on a patient who had been thought incurable. Afterward the patient told the surgeon, "As long as I have a tongue in my mouth folks shall hear of you and what you have done for me".
When a believer confesses Christ before others there is a deep indescribable joy within that makes known a love for Him.
Look around you at work and at play and notice if those whom you know to be Christian, or think to be Christian, are a witness to Christ. How many times do you hear them mention His Name? Do they regularly, or even occasionally mention His Name? Do they mention His Name ONLY AFTER you brought it up? Do they ONLY talk about spiritual things AFTER you opened the conversion to that subject.
How many supposedly "children of God" do you know that fits this description? It is disheartening to see folks such as this.