“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. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” – Romans 10:9-11
LIGHT FOR NOW:Receiving forgiveness is the voice of faith in what Christ has done.
We have seen clearly that forgiveness of sins is a message and thus it is preached, and not prayed. Forgiveness of sins is the message of Christ. So faith in Christ equals forgiveness of sins. When Jesus became our substitute on the cross, he died our death and when He rose, He made forgiveness of sins available. So forgiveness is what Christ has done, and thus our confession will be what Christ has done, and not what we’ve done. Don’t forget forgiveness is what God in Christ has done. Your individual misdeeds/errors/sins is not what God has done, is what you did, so at the point of salvation, are you to confess what you have done or what Christ has done? At the point of salvation, you confess what Christ has done. So it is not the confession of individual sins at the point of salvation that forgives sins, neither is forgiveness of sins received daily by confessing sins, but it is received by confessing Christ who was your perfect substitute for sins. That’s why Paul in verse 9 of our key text says “That if thou shalt confess with thine mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. So a man thus confesses Christ to be saved, and not sins. Don’t forget, at salvation we receive forgiveness of sins. A man’s sins are forgiven at the point when he confesses Christ and is saved. You do not confess sins to be saved, you only confess Christ to be saved. Moreover, it is not your sinful acts that died for you, it is Christ who died for you; it is Christ who bore your sins; it is Christ who became the substitute for your sins. So you are to confess your sin bearer (your substitute) at the point of salvation and not your sins. The word “confess” in Romans 10:9 is the Greek word “homologeo” which means to consent to a message; to acknowledge a message. Recall in verse 17 of the same context, he says “faith cometh by hearing the message of Christ”. So the “homologeo”, that is, the message to be acknowledged or to be consented to is the message of Christ (that is, the gospel). Thus, our confession is faith in the gospel. The epistle was loud about this. For instance, 1John 4:15 says “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the son of God, God dwelleth in Him, and he in God”. Therefore, we are to confess Christ Jesus; what he has done which is forgiveness of sins. The epistles don’t teach confession of sins. Confession of sins thus is an anti-grace concept; receiving forgiveness is the voice of faith in what Christ has done. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Stay with the written word.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for what you’ve made available for me in Christ; I declare that I am the forgiven, I am the saved and therefore I live in the consciousness of this forever, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: You don’t receive forgiveness of sins more than once.
DAILY READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10