The Bible teaches us that there are two basic kinds of confession, two ways in which we are to “confess”. First, God tells us that we are to confess our sins (some examples – Lev. 5:5; Psalm 32:5; Matt. 3:5-6; James 5:16a; 1 John 1:9). It is very important and very necessary to confess our sins, both to God and to those we have sinned against. But today’s focus is on the other kind of confession that all Christians are to engage in as we live for Jesus.
I. Every follower of God MUST confess Jesus as Lord! – Rom. 10:8-10
A. The word “confess” in these verses literally means “to speak the same thing, to acknowledge something fully, openly and joyfully.” – Matt. 16:16-17; 10:27
B. Every Christian who confesses Christ by their lips and their life will have as a result…SALVATION. – Rom. 10:10
II. Some reasons why we hesitate to confess Jesus as Lord.
A. A lack of total commitment – Matt. 13:45-46; 16:24-25
B. A fear of rejection by others – John 9:22; 12:42; Titus 1:16a; Rom. 1:16; Matt. 10:28
III. The consequences of NOT confessing Jesus as Lord. – Matt. 10:32-33
A. A feeling of shame – Mark 8:38
B. Those whose lives say, in effect say, “I never knew you, Jesus” will hear Him say in the end, “I never knew YOU.” – Matt. 10:33
The Bible says in Rom 14:11-12, “For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise (or confess) to God.’ 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.” When was the last time you confessed to someone that… “Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life?” If you’ve never done it, make today your day of surrender! Make today the day that you say to Jesus, “I want YOU as my Lord and Savior!”