What Does The Bible Teach About #10

    CONFESSION

    The Bible Teaches That …
    1. WE MUST CONFESS CHRIST BEFORE MEN. Jesus taught us that we must be willing to confess Him before men. In Matthew 10:32, Jesus said, “whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.”

    We should have courage to confess Christ, not only by mouth but also by the life that we live. Perhaps Jesus included this in this statement.

    The majority of the world has denied Christ. They have refused to believe in him as the Son of God, and many, though they believe He is the Son of God, are not willing to confess Him before men and follow His will.

    The Bible Teaches That …
    2. ALL WILL SOME DAY CONFESS CHRIST. In Romans 14:11, we read: “For it is written, as I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” Some day we shall have to acknowledge to God that Jesus is His son. Whether we do so in this life or not, we still will have to face it. Certainly the time to do so is now in this life since it will profit us when we stand before him in judgement for we will not be ashamed or afraid.

    The Bible Teaches That …
    3. THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CONFESSION. Those who are alien sinners (that is, people who have not yet been Christians), must confess that Christ is the Son of God.

    1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Here John was speaking to Christians.

    These are different types of confession. What we want to study especially in this lesson is the confession that we must make in obeying the gospel so that we can become Christians.

    The Bible Teaches That …
    4. WE ARE TO CONFESS THAT CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. Some teach that we must confess that god for Christ’s sake has pardoned our sins, before we are baptized. However, the Bible teaches that confession is unto salvation. Romans 10:10 – “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

    We have an example of conversion in Acts chapter 8. This is the conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch mentioned in verses 26-40. In this example of conversion Philip the Evangelist was directed by the Spirit to go and join himself to the chariot in which the eunuch was riding. The eunuch was reading the prophecy of Isaiah and about Jesus. Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch answered, “How can I except some man should guide me?”

    Philip began at the same Scripture and preached unto him Jesus. As they journeyed along they came to a certain water and the eunuch said: “See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?”

    Philip said: “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.”

    The eunuch answered: “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

    Upon this confession, the chariot was stopped, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and he baptized him. In this example we see that the man who wanted to be saved confessed that he believed that Christ is the Son of God. He did not confess that God for Christ’s sake had pardoned his sins because he had to be baptized for remission of sins. (Acts 2:38).

    So it is with you and me. If we want to a child of God, we must be willing to confess Christ as the Son of God.

    CONCLUSION:

    Notice that the confession of Christ was before the man was baptized into Christ. This is the position that it should occupy in the plan of salvation. When people are willing to stand before men and acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, and to be His disciple, they show that they are willing to submit to His commands and do His bidding.

    Confession is in the plan of salvation. Thus far in these lessons we have found that we must:

    HEAR THE GOSPEL : Romans 10:17

    BELIEVE THE GOSPEL : Hebrews 11:6

    REPENT OF OUR SINS : Acts 17:30

    CONFESS CHRIST TO BE THE SON OF GOD : Acts 8:37

    We also learned that all of the acts are steps toward salvation and remission of sins. We will study in the next lesson that there is yet one more thing to do before we can become a Christian to walk in newness of life. We must be baptized.

    If you should decide to become a Christian, in the event that you have not already done so, then by all means, contact us and we will assist you in your obedience to the gospel. Let’s all work together to build up the kingdom of God here upon the earth.

    Section 1 - Fill in the correct scripture reference.

    Question 1 “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess before My Father which is in heaven.”

    Question 2 “For it is written, as I live, saith the Lord every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

    Question 3 “See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?”

    Question 4 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    Question 5 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

    Section 2 - Fill in the blanks.

    Question 1 The Bible teaches that we must ______ Christ before men.

    Question 2 The Bible teaches that ______ will some day confess Christ.

    Question 3 The Bible teaches that every ______ shall confess to God.

    Question 4 If we ______ our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    Question 5 The eunuch said: “I believe that ______is the Son of God.”

    Section 3 - Right or Wrong

    Question 1 We must confess Christ before men if we want Him to confess us before His Father in heaven.
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    Question 2 Only Christians will confess to God.
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    Question 3 We must confess to a Priest.
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    Question 4 There are different kinds of confession.
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    Question 5 We must confess that God for Christ’s sake has pardoned our sins, before baptism.
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    Question 6 The eunuch confessed Christ before he was baptized.
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    Question 7 The eunuch was baptized for the remission of sins.
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    Question 8 We must hear the gospel.
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    Question 9 We must believe the gospel.
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    Question 10 It isn’t necessary to confess Christ to be saved.
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    Question 11 There is nothing else to do besides hearing, believing, repenting, and confessing, in order to be saved.
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