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By J. A. Shodeinde
28 November 2021   |   3:05 am
Confession of Christ is an evidence of a union with God. “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God” (1John 4:15). Confession of Christ is necessary for salvation. Those who confess Jesus is Lord with their mouths, believing in their hearts that He died on…

J. A. Shodeinde

Confession of Christ is an evidence of a union with God. “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God” (1John 4:15). Confession of Christ is necessary for salvation. Those who confess Jesus is Lord with their mouths, believing in their hearts that He died on the cross, and was raised from the dead by God, will be saved. It is the Will of God that we should confess Him before all men. Jesus says in Matthew 10:32, that “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.” Many are ashamed when people refer to them as born-again Christians, because they want to continue with their wayward lifestyles. They would rather prefer to associate with unbelievers than to associate with believers. Some people find it shameful to show their allegiance or commitment to Christ in public, as they feel that they will be hated or looked down upon. This set of people wants to gain the acceptance of men, but ignore God’s acceptance. Your character must confess Jesus. How will it feel, when you leave this world, you get to heaven’s gate, hoping to have an easy passage, and you are denied, due to your deeds on earth? Do you defend Christ and the church by trying to correct unbelievers, when they have a wrong perception about the church, or do you join them to castigate, and pull down the church? The Lord is watching you, and you shall be rewarded accordingly.

You are disassociating yourself from the body of Christ, when you always look for faults in real men of God, instead of praying for God to uphold, and prevent them from falling. 

Persecution should not prevent us from confessing Christ. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:35). God knows about our sufferings and tribulations. We will be compensated in Paradise, and we will also reign with Him forever. 

Confession of our sin is required by God. If you are guilty of any form of sin, it is mandatory that you confess with a heartfelt remorse, ask for forgiveness, and God will forgive you, and will make His light shine in your life. If you do not acknowledge your sin, it will cause you affliction, until you seek God’s face. God regards the confession of sin. “If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land” (Leviticus  26:40-42).

Confession of sin comes with submission to punishment. But the punishment of those who confess their sins is far less than those who have decided to continue in iniquity. Forgiveness is followed by pardon. God shows mercy to those who admit, and forsake their sins, because He is a compassionate God, but those who cover their sins will not prosper. God’s forgiveness brings deliverance and peace that knows no bounds.

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