Confession

Do you, by the life you are living, confess that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God? Note, that this confession is to be made as part of the plan of salvation ((Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 8:36-38), but once this confession is made and you are baptized into Christ for the remission of sins, you must, by the life you live, continue to confess Christ to the world.We do this by continuing to keep the commandments of Christ and thus do God’s will in our lives.

We can do this by sharing the gospel with those around us and confessing to them the belief in Christ that is in our hearts. In that way we truly confess Christ before men (Matthew 10:32). We can also do this by the very life we live. Others should see Christ in us and glorify God (Matthew 5:26). This is how we may confess Christ in our lives by living the life God would have us live as shown to us in the scriptures.

James said: “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18). When we show the world our faith by doing good, we show that we believe in Christ and the Father who sent Him. Jesus, during His ministry on earth, went everywhere doing good (Acts 10:38) and in order to be like Him we should do the same. It is not enough to attend church services three or more times a week and then live after the world or godless lives the rest of the time.

We must live Christ in our day-to-day lives and so let our lights shine in an otherwise dark and forbidding world. In our work place or anywhere we go in public are we behaving in such a way that confesses to the world and shows others that we believe in Jesus. Or do we attempt to be one of the crowd and only do or say things that the crowd would want us to do or say. For example, do we use bad language or even curse God and Jesus before others because we want to fit in or not be thought of a “goody two-shoes” and the like?

Instead we should be eager to be thought of as good and righteous and our actions should reflect this attitude in everything we do. We should stand out from the crowd as an odd ball, perhaps, because we reflect the values of Christ and do not seek the approval of the crowd, but, rather, the approval of our Father in heaven. If we do not reflect a Christlike attitude in our approach to everyday life we are denying Christ instead of confessing Christ as we should.

So, this idea of confessing Christ before men permeates every aspect of our lives and cannot be met by just confessing belief in Him once when we follow the plan of salvation. True, this confession is important and must be made to be saved (Romans 10:10), but we must continue thereafter to confess Christ in our lives, not just verbally when the opportunity arises (which we should also do) but by living our lives in such a way that shows the world that Christ is ours and we are His: we must live according to His commandments and show that Christ is in us. This is confessing Christ as much as is a verbal confession of faith. We must do both.

May God bless and keep you until next time.

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