Plan of Salvation:
Obeying the Gospel Involves
Confession Is Essential
New Testament repeatedly shows necessity
of confessing Christ if we are to be saved
Matt 10:32f Must confess Christ before men
Luke 12:8-9 To be confessed in heaven
1 John 2:23 To have the Father & Son
Phil. 2:9-11 All will one day confess Christ
Those who fail to confess Christ before men
can have no assurance of salvation
Am I ashamed to confess Christ?
Learning Confession from Denial
May learn from contrast with denials
Principles regarding confession of Christ are
exactly opposite cases of denial
Denial involves being ashamed (Mk. 8:38)
Ashamed of Christ himself
Ashamed of the message of Christ
Put to test by contrast with evil world around us
Denial of Peter at trial (Lk. 22:54-62)
Denied knowing Christ
Denied affiliation with Christ
Resulted in great sorrow
What Is Involved In Confession?
New Testament confession involves...
More than mere words (Matt 7:21-23)
Action of the heart & mouth (Rom 10:8-10)
the word is… in thy mouth and in thy heart
confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord
with mouth, confession is made unto salvation
Confessing Jesus is the Christ (1 Jn 2:20-24)
Confessing Jesus is Son of God (1 Jn 4:12-15)
All elements are part of confession required
Examples of Confessing Christ
Confession of Simon Peter (Matt. 16:13-17)
Thou art the Christ, Son of the living God
Second confession of Peter (Jn. 6:66-69)
Believed & know that thou art the Holy One
Confession of Martha (Jn. 11:23-27)
Lord… thou art the Christ, the Son of God
Confession of Thomas (Jn. 20:24-29)
My Lord and my God
Confession of Ethiopian (Acts 8:30-39)
Will You Now Confess...
Because the word is in your heart (mind)?
Because you believe with all your heart?
Christ with your mouth unto salvation?
That Jesus is Lord (ruler)?
That Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) of Old
Testament prophecy & promise?
That Jesus is the Son of God (divine)?
If you will confess Jesus Christ as the
Son of God, why not be baptized?