Confession is to
be of Jesus as Lord or Deity. It is not a vague belief in God, but
"confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord" (Rom. 10:9, NAS), for "no man
can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost" (I Cor. 12:3).
When others looked only on the outward appearance of Christ, Peter
with discernment from God said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the
living God" (Matt. 16:16). Upon this confession, Christ said, "I will
build my church" (v. 18). With this must be the heart belief that
Christ suffered for sins and "God hath raised him from the dead" (Rom.
"Confess me before men" (Matt. 10:32), said Jesus. This has to be
openly, not in secret. As soon as someone has received Christ he
should be encouraged to tell another Christian what he has done. Just
a week ago I had the joy of leading a man to Christ in his home.
Immediately I asked him to tell his wife what he had done. We went
into the kitchen and very clearly he said, "Honey, I just accepted
Jesus Christ as my Saviour. I'm saved." They embraced and wept for
joy. Also very effective and meaningful is for the new Christian to
confess Christ publicly in church. In many evangelical churches such
an invitation is given.
The effect this has on the Christian himself is often remarkable.
Because of his obedience to do it, he is often deeply moved and
blessed emotionally. At this point is when many receive the emotional
experience they have sought. The sight of a weeping, yet rejoicing,
new Christian can melt a whole congregation. Many are reminded of the
day when they were saved. Very vividly it shows God is still saving
people. Often it encourages others to make the same decision. Nothing
will start fires of revival quicker than seeing people saved and
"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth . . ." (Rom. 10:9). "Every
tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God
the Father" (Phil. 2:11) is God's ultimate demand. Men have put Christ
to open shame with their tongues; now God says with the same tongues
they shall openly confess Him. Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing my
great Redeemer's praise!