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Confess with your Mouth the Lord Jesus

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2012

This teaching is available in video format on my YouTube channel - Andrew Shreeve

 

If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy 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

 

This passage in Romans 10 tells us that confession of Jesus as our Lord is essential for us to be saved and experience salvation. The words saved, and salvation, include the meanings of: heal, preserve, make whole, save, deliver, protect, rescue, and safety (Strong's Dictionary). We know from a study of Jesus' ministry, the ministry of the early apostles, and the teachings of the gospel, that our loving God wants the best for every aspect of our lives. This includes: our eternal destiny, physical health, financial well being, physical and emotional safety, good mental health, releasing our giftedness, and loving social relationships. The gospel reveals that God's supernatural power is available for us to receive these blessings unto salvation. Critical to the receiving of God's power unto salvation is the submission of our mouth to confess God's Word, God's promises, and Jesus Christ as our Lord.

 

Confession unto salvation is not just God's Words being spoken by our lips, but also includes heart belief and heart surrender to those Words - which is the receiving of those Words in our heart. A true confession of Jesus as Lord includes a sincere heart-felt decision to surrender our will to both the specific leading of Jesus' Spirit (which is the Holy Spirit) and the general leading of Jesus' Word (which is the written Word of God, as rightly divided from the Holy Bible).

 

Some may question why a submission to the Scripture is necessary for a true confession of Jesus as Lord. Firstly, without the Scripture we do not have any authoritative basis for Christian belief. Some say the organised church is the authority for Christianity; however, a study of church history reveals that every church changes its doctrines and views over the years, but Scripture never changes. Scripture must always remain the governing authority over every church doctrine. In addition, the Scripture itself reveals that Scripture is written by men as they were inspired and breathed upon by God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21). Scripture is not humanly inspired but divinely inspired - given by God to man. Another evidence that submission to scripture is included in the confession of Jesus as Lord is that Jesus' name is 'The Word of God' (John 1:1, 14; Revelation 19:13). True Christianity does not distinguish between submission to Jesus and submission to the Word of God in the bible. The written Word of God and Jesus' personal Word from heaven are one. Both are God's Word and God's will. To submit to God is to submit to His Word. To confess Jesus as Lord is to submit to Jesus' Word. As Jesus is God, to submit to Jesus Word is to submit to God's Word, which is to submit to the Bible.

 

Jesus said, Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name have done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matthew 7:21-23

 

Some attempt to apply this passage in Matthew 7 to the church age, and say that God will reject the Christian if we do not do the will of the Father in heaven. In other words, they say that a Christian who has confessed Jesus as Lord and done wonderful works in Jesus' name, but later sins will be rejected by God. This interpretation is incorrect because Jesus says in the passage, "I never knew you." This word never has the meaning of: not even at any time, that is never at all: - never at any time, never, nothing at any time (Strong's Dictionary). As Jesus uses the word never, the passage, in the church age context, must mean that these people were never born again into the kingdom of God. It does not mean they were born again and then because of sin they were later rejected by God. No, the word used is 'never'; which means these people were not born again and saved in the first place, as to be born again means to be baptised into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). If a person is born again and baptised into the body of Christ and raised to be seated with Christ in heavenly places then that person is definitely 'known' by Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). So this passage cannot be referring to a born again person who has sinned, or even a born again person who commits the unforgivable sin. To interpret this passage correctly, for the church age, we must insist it is referring to people who do the actions of Christians but were never truly born again into God's kingdom. They confessed Jesus as Lord but were not saved. How can that be?

 

Confession of Jesus as Lord unto salvation is not just the repeating of a formula, it is not just saying the words - "Jesus is my Lord." God is the judge, and God knows the true condition of our hearts. A true confession, or a confession which brings salvation, includes submission of the heart to the rule of Jesus and His Word in our lives. The people Jesus is referring to who He said "I never knew you", in the context of the church age, are those people who never really got born again and in touch with the Holy Spirit. They may even think they are born again, but deep in their hearts they never really surrendered their lives to Jesus. They never really came under Jesus' Lordship.

 

This is very important because many alter calls in the churches, where people go forward to accept Christ, neglect to emphasise to the people that surrender to the Lordship of Christ is essential for entering the kingdom of God. So some people think they are born again but in reality are not.

 

This month I want us to examine our hearts. Have we truly made the decision, deep in our hearts, to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Words which are the Words in the Holy Bible? If we haven't it may be that we have not truly been born again, in which case we run the risk of Jesus saying "I never knew you, depart from me." So I want you to pray with me this month a prayer of submission to ensure you will enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

Pray this prayer with me out loud, and mix with the words genuine heart submission and belief: "Father God I believe that Jesus is your Son who came from heaven. Jesus, I believe you poured out your blood, and died, to remit my sins, and have risen from the dead, and I surrender my life to you and to your Word which is the Holy Bible. Jesus I invite you to come into my heart and be my Lord, master and saviour. I pray this in Jesus Christ name, Amen."

 

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