CONFESS. Allow me to give you a simple Greek language lesson. No, I’m not a scholar, I just study the Word. Jesus said this bold statement, ““Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33 Paul says more of the same, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“Confess” is an interesting word in the Greek. It doesn’t mean just to say the words, “I believe in Jesus”, which is what most think it means. No, it’s much more than that. It stems from two different words that rendered together are defined as “something said, thought, reasoned, motives” plus “a like-minded covenant, harmonious”. This compound word is “homologos”: “homo”- same and “logos”- word.; being in the same place and time as the Word, a rough translation.
The words of our mouth must line up with the desires and affections of our heart. Therefore, to confess “Jesus is Lord” means to live a life, including your actions and your words, that is in full agreement with Him, as He is the Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”John 1:1
Confession is more than mere words, it is a life lived in harmony with Jesus. “Homologos” means we “confess” or “deny” Jesus by our lifestyle. You can’t love Jesus and love the world just as you can’t love Jesus and love your sin. We do not just talk the talk and say, “I believe in Jesus” as most modern day Christians believe and live life on their own terms, but we walk the walk of obedience to the Word. “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity (a life of sin)”. Because a transformation has taken place in the heart; we live a life of righteousness and holiness. Not because of anything we have done, but because He is righteous and holy.
This life is a life lived on the narrow path, the afflicted and straight path that most will refuse because He commands humility and obedience. The opposite is to “deny” Jesus, which translates as “to contradict”. Therefore, it is not only to reject Him as did the Jewish people of His day, but to live a life that contradicts the words of your mouth. This was most of the history of Israel; they honored God with their lips, but their heart was far from Him: “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ” (Matthew 15:7-9)
So I ask you, are you living in agreement with Him or does your life contradict Him and His Word? There are sins of commission and sins of omission. If someone looked at your life, does it witness for the Word of God? Or do you just look like the world where you do things your own way, go your own path of self-righteousness and never truly submit to the Lordship of Jesus? Lordship implies that He is Lord over your whole life: time, job, money, family, future; and His Word dictates all you do. Remember: same place and time as the Word. To deny His Lordship over your life is what it means to deny Him. But praise God, there is hope.
You can still repent from your way of thinking, turn away from the broad path that leads to destruction and put on the same mind as Christ. The Holy Spirit is drawing men into Him. It’s not too late come into agreement and harmony with the Word of God. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:7-10 #runyourrace
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