“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” – Romans 10:9-10
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is our sin bearer.
Salvation is all encompassing. Every aspect ought to be understood by the believer. It is in salvation that we have forgiveness of sins. The day a man confesses Christ as his Lord and Savior, he receives forgiveness of sins eternally. The word, ‘confess’ means to acknowledge a message.
Our confession is faith in the gospel (of Christ). The Epistles teaches the confession of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins; this is received once at the point of salvation and not when we confess our sins each time a sinful act is done. 1 John 1:9 reads “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
In Bible doctrine, a word is not established on the basis of single mention and thus it would be wrong to take the above text as a teaching on confessing sins because it has no corroboration of it in the scriptures. John was admonishing the believers that for sins to be forgiven, we have to confess it before God? The believer is the forgiven (based on what Jesus did). So a contextual understanding of this text is critical. 1 John 1:3 gives us a lead. It reads “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the father, and with his Son Jesus Christ”. So there are two groups he was addressing in context; the first group did not have fellowship with the father, while the second group have fellowship with the father. The second group is the saved because they confessed Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
John was referring to the ones who were not saved in 1 John 1:9. Recall that the word, ‘confess’ implies to acknowledge a message, that is, faith in the gospel (Christ). Meaning the word, confess is used for what Christ has done. The group John was addressing in 1 John 1:9 were not to confess their individual sins because their individual sins is not what Jesus has done. Forgiveness is what Jesus has done.
The message is not sin, the message is Christ; it is not faith in sin that will forgive their sins but faith in Christ. They are not confessing what they did but what Christ has done. In essence, they are confessing Christ their sin bearer and not their sins.
2 Corinthians 5:21 lets us know that Jesus was made ‘sin’ for us. It is clear they were to confess what the blood of Jesus has done and how it has cleansed a man from his sin. They were to confess Jesus the propitiation for their sins (1 John 2:2). This was not a text for confessing individual sins to God but confessing Christ who is the propitiation for sins directed to the first group so they could come into fellowship with God and fellowship with the second group who are the saved. Hallelujah!!
INSTRUCTION: You are the saved. Stay saved.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for the privilege of fellowship with you in the light in Jesus name. Amen.
QUOTE: Stop being insecured in a salvation that has eternal security.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1 John chapter 1; EVENING: 1 John Chapter 2