Confess Jesus

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

When we tell someone to confess, what all we mean is to say something, or to mention it. But, confess is to tell or admit the truth to others, but it not just to make a statement. When preachers tell people to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, they Just say that Jesus Christ is Lord. Then the preacher proclaims that the person is saved because of the confession. But, if confession is to tell the real truth, which it is, we must be treating Jesus Christ as the Master of our life (that is what ‘Lord’ means), before we make the confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. "Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" What is the reason behind this deliberate misrepresentation? Is it on purpose to lead the souls of Christians to eternal death?  Simply believing that he will take us to heaven, and calling out him by his first name 'Lord' does not make him our Master; neither will it bring us to salvation. Until we obey him as he is our Master, the word 'Lord' means as if it is his first name. Only our obedience makes him Lord and our confession valid.

Romans 10:9 says: "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." Preachers say that in order to be saved, all we have to do is mention the name of Jesus Christ and believe that God has resurrected him from death. It is so simple. If it is true, every Christian will go to heaven. But it is to confess the truth that Jesus Christ is their Lord, and it must be true. Let us look at the next verse. Romans 10:12 says: "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him." The context refers to salvation for both Jews and Greeks (Non-Jews or gentiles). In today's vocabulary the same thing can be said as Christians and non-Christians. Paul tells them to accept the resurrected Jesus Christ as their Lord for their eternal salvation. The term 'Lord' means 'Master.' They do not know Jesus of Nazareth personally. But the emphasis is that the resurrected Jesus Christ, who is God in the Spirit, must be accepted as their Lord (Master) in their life. After accepting him as their Lord, they must openly CONFESS that Jesus Christ is Lord of their life. This is the implication of "confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus". But, this supreme dedication of life has reduced to "repeat after me, Jesus Christ is Lord." They just say that Jesus Christ is Lord, and it is announced that they are saved. It is a shame that salvation of Jesus Christ is reduced to a simple ritual or ceremony, not the way of life. If you like, please look at a video on this thought by a click on the link. Link is: "believe, confess, saved." One more point is this. Even when they accept Jesus Christ as lord and confess it, scripture says that they shall be (in the future) saved. But these preachers say that they are already saved, which is another lie. Salvation is not instant. The "shalt be saved" means that if they truly confess and continue in that life, then they will be saved.  

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