Sunday Morning Podcast January 19, 2020. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ROMANS. 10:6-10
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
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, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Thursday night, we dealt with “two” confessions. The first confession, deals with the forsaking and confessing of sin with repentance. A confession that is followed up with the evidence by a life change. Until that confession was made, and followed up the evidence of “fruits” of a life change, John the Baptist would not baptize. “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” Luke 3:8 Confessing denotes a humility, and is commanded. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed; The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16 So we understand that our daily walk with Christ begins with confession. A full confession, and not a partial one. The first confession is a “confessing out,” of something out of us (sin). The second confession is of an agreement with the plan of God, and the will of Christ. This message will deal with both the first and second confession. What is “your” confession? What does your “confession” mean to the Church, and to the world? What do we, or you, stand for, or against? What we stand for is much more ‘persuasive’ than what we stand against. It is a contrast; the for, and the against, in how Jesus brought special attention to that. What you believe, will be directly related to what you think, or your opinions. What we stand for, and what we stand against…how does that affect your thinking? For it is that, which will find itself into what we believe. “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, thou shalt be saved.” We know that confession is based on our experience; it’s not just about “a man named Jesus, who when He died, resurrected, and therefore if we are going to be a Christian, we “believe” those things, and that makes us a Christian.” It’s MORE than that! It has to be, otherwise, anyone, even an infidel could be called a Christian, simply by the “acknowledgment” of Christ. True belief comes from an affected heart! It comes from confessing, forsaking sin, and then to follow Jesus! This “second confession” means “I have an agreement with what is written in God’s Word. My life agrees with it! 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Or the life confesses, what the heart has already believed. This is an agreement, between belief, and confession. There cannot be this agreement, unless there is first a confession made for sin. We cannot move into the message of Romans here, unless there is ‘first’ a confession of sin, that, “Lord I am yet a sinner. I recognize it, and it is separating me from You. I deeply want to be close to You! Forgive me of my own way, draw me close, and there will be no sin, for your blood cleanseth from all sin.” ‘That’ confession must first be made, before the second confession that is lived in your everyday walk with God, can become a reality. Otherwise this second confession is false, and only an illusion, because it was not genuine.
What we stand for, is much more persuasive than what what we stand against. Jesus affirmed that in the gospels that He stands ‘for,’ baptism, every word of God, that we worship God only, and that He will make us “Fishers of men, etc.” If you follow the message Jesus preached in the gospels, He will affirm everything He stands “For.” And of course along the way, He will also make clear what He stands against. Such as; 1) tempting God, 2) Adultery 3) Divorce without any cause, 4) Unforgiveness, 5) judgment without mercy, 6) false prophets, 7) no consequences for sin…Jesus is against those things. The for and against list, is pretty even until you get into the gospels. A pretty affirmative message of healing, peace, resolving fears; the things He is ‘for.‘ Matthew 5:3-16 lists multiple affirmations of what Jesus preached of what He is for. It is at the end of His messages that Jesus preaches against false religion and prophets, that teach a religion that does not save out of our sin, or of the Pharisees and the way “they teach” God. But after awhile, it is clear what Jesus affirms, that what He is for, is in far greater amount, than what He stands against. We need to be careful of what we declare we are against, as if God condemns “that” as the message He wants to impart to souls. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17 So the question becomes,”What” are you in agreement with? Make that your “invitation” testimony for reaching out to souls. While it is important that people recognize what sin is, (so they don’t think it’s okay to believe anything) there is another step which Jesus uses to “invite” people to God. It’s not merely locating sin, but offering an invitation, and affirming message, not a condemning one. Be careful what you think, for if you are given to condemnation, that is not a message that invites someone to the Lord! If our confession (or message) is solely one of being against, others might conclude why would God stand for anything different? Jesus contrasts what He is against with what He affirms. That’s the point. There is a saying or message, “The enemy of my enemy, is my friend.” (I have an enemy, seeking for agreement with someone else that will also think that’s my enemy, then you’ll be my friend.) That’s a really very weak confession! Truly not the confession of righteousness! It is God’s righteousness that is the affirming message of God! We follow Christ because of what He is ‘for.” But we also follow Him for what He is against. You may have a testimony of that you are against “this!” But ultimately what gives us hope, is not what would condemn us. You can say “I’m against “this” but ultimately our life must say, “I’m for Christ! For Christ doesn’t mean just what I’m against! That can, but must not, dominate our thoughts and opinions. That will only sow the seeds of doubt and lack of hope. What is our confession sowing this morning? Is it an invitation to the hope found in Christ?
What Is, Your Confession?