“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” – Colossians 1:14
LIGHT FOR NOW: A man receives forgiveness of sins at salvation by confessing Christ and not individual sin.
The redemptive work of Christ made forgiveness of sins available. Forgiveness of sins is in salvation. A man that is saved is forgiven and a man that is forgiven is saved. But how is forgiveness of sins received? To answer this question, it is important to note that forgiveness of sins is a message and it must be preached.
Jesus’ words in Luke 24:47 reads, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”. Forgiveness is a message preached to be believed. A man receives forgiveness of sins by believing in Jesus; meaning, faith in Christ brings forgiveness of sins to anyone. If faith in Christ is what brings the forgiveness of sins to anyone’s account, what then is the recipient of this forgiveness going to confess? Is the recipient going to confess his sins or Christ who is the substitute for his sins? The recipient is not going to confess his sins (his wrongs, individual mistakes) to receive forgiveness at the point of salvation, he is to confess Christ who is his substitute for sin and automatically receive forgiveness at the point of salvation.
The epistles teach about confessing Christ and not sin. Paul in Romans 10:9 reads, “That if thou shalt with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. It is clear from this text that a man confesses Christ to be saved and not sin.
You do not confess sin to be saved; you only confess Christ to be saved. The word, ‘confess’ in Romans 10:9 was translated from the Greek word, ‘homologeo’ meaning to acknowledge a message. Christ is the message.
Thus, our confession is faith in the gospel. 1 John 4:15 says, “whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God”. Therefore, Christ should be our confession.
INSTRUCTION: Christ is our confession. Think about this.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for the salvation I have received in Christ. Amen.
QUOTE: Salvation is in your confession of Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: Romans chapter 10; EVENING: 1 John Chapter 4