Pastor Chris constantly preaches about the importance of confession. It is a central part of being a Christian. Make sure to read the scripture and pick up you Rhapsody of Realities. The more we learn about the Lord’s work, the closer we will be to Him.
The true meaning of confession
When the scripture talks about confession, it isn’t always about confessing your sins, confession is much broader than that. The origin of the word comes from the Greek word “homologia”. Confession is to speak to God, it is a principle in the Kingdom of God that begins with your salvation as a child of God. Confession is how you were saved, to begin with. What saved you was the acknowledgment of God’s lordship over your life and not just the simple confession of your current or past sins.
“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)
Talk to the Lord
If you understand the unique attributes of confession, you will get closer to salvation. Confession is a way to have a conversation with the Lord. It’s a form of cleansing. The only time you confess something you did wrong is after you’ve become a Christian and have received eternal life.
God is aware of our sense, and thus our confession is for us and not for Him. Make sure to confess your sins to your peers, your brothers and/or sisters who you’ve offended. Just as the Bible declares:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)
Many people interpret this verse as humans being in a constant state of sinning. But this is not necessarily true. The verse explains that if we take responsibility for our mistakes, our sins and confess, He will forgive us.
“…if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1)
Notice that it doesn’t say: “when any man sins” but “If any man sin”; letting you know that sin isn’t perpetual. And thus we can repent, we can be saved, so long as we confess to the Lord and keep our faith.
Lastly, remember that:
“For sin shall not have dominion over you…” (Romans 6:14).