that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
Romans 10:9,10 NASB
Today's subject is confession. We are not looking at confession of sins. We are looking at confessing Jesus as the Son of God as Peter did in Matthew 16:16. Some folks get this confused when studying about coming to Christ. They are afraid of the confession part, they don't want to have to confess their sins before the entire congregation. If that is what we had to do to come to Christ, how may of us would be in Christ today? I would dare say not too many. Fortunately God already knows all those gritty details and He wants to get rid of them for us in Jesus.
Paul says that if we proclaim Jesus as the Lord and believe in His resurrection we will be saved. Confessing Jesus aloud is part of God's plan for our salvation. We also see this early on in the book Acts when the Ethiopian eunuch is converted to Christ in Acts chapter eight. As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Acts 8:36,37 NASB Philip had been studying with the ethiopian eunuch and when the man decided he was ready to come to Christ he asked Philip about being baptized. Philip said "If you believe with all your heart, you may." The man then confessed Jesus; "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Following his confession Philip baptized him.
So we see the eunuch after hearing about Jesus came to believe in Him. He then repented and decided he wanted to follow Jesus. He decided he wanted to be baptized, after Philip received his confession he baptized him. The ethiopian eunuch received salvation.
Next week we will look at the final subject in this series, baptism. What is it and what is its significance in the salvation plan?
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman