Confession is an important part of Christianity, but it is often misunderstood. It’s time to learn the positive side of confession and how to base your confession on the solid foundation of the Word of God.
Welcome to Part VIII of this very, very important lesson on “Understanding the Importance of Confession.”
Last week I was discussing the five truths about confession. I will continue to discuss the fourth truth, and go on from there. Remember what our text said in Romans 10: 9, “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…” You see, the redemption plan included not only the Cross, but the Resurrection as well.
God’s great plan doesn’t end with the Resurrection. God’s Word says, that after Jesus had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, He ascended on high and sat down at the right hand of God (Heb. 10: 12). His Plan was consummated when Jesus entered into the Heavenly Holy of Holies with His own blood and obtained eternal redemption for us (Heb. 9: 12).
But, again, this is not the end of God’s great plan. As I mentioned earlier, Jesus has a present-day ministry. The Bible tells us that He ever liveth and maketh intercession for us (Heb. 7: 25).
1 JOHN 2: 1
1 MY LITTLE CHILDREN, THESE THINGS WRITE I UNTO YOU, THAT YE SIN NOT. AND IF ANY MAN SIN, WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS.
I want you to notice several things from this verse of Scripture. First, John is not writing to sinners, but to his own converts who were born again. Second, we see God doesn’t want us to sin, but if any man does sin, (I am glad He put that in there, because, we’ve all missed it since we’ve been saved), we have an Advocate.
An Advocate is a lawyer, or one who pleads our case. The Christian who sins has an Advocate – Someone who’s pleading his case even though he has sinned. That is Good news! And, finally, notice that it is Jesus who is our Advocate with the Father. Jesus’ present-day ministry includes representing us to God and pleading our case.
1 JOHN 2: 2
2 AND HE (Jesus) IS (present tense) THE PROPPITIATION FOR OUR SINS: AND NOT FOR OURS ONLY, BUT ALSO FOR THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD.
I was unable to get to the fifth truth today but I will certainly get to it next time. Next week I will be concluding this series, I know I said the same thing last week. I am sure you know this, when the Holy Spirit is flowing in a certain direction I always do my best to flow with Him, that’s what happened here today.
It is important that we confess these Scriptures with our mouth, and keep them fresh in our hearts by believing them, so we can live a victorious life continuously. I will conclude this message next week.
Word for Today: "Word of Life"
In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus said, “We are justified by our words, or, we are condemned by our words.” They can bring either happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student. The Bible describes the power of words more succinctly when it says, “The power of life and death are in the tongue.” Our words impact everyone. Question, “Are you maximizing the effectiveness as a leader by choosing words of life?”