March 9, 2004

Blogger Idol Week 8 -- "I Confess..." Really?

"I Confess..." do you really?

In the New Testament there are basically two greek words that are translated confess. Both of them mean approximately the same thing. One of the words is Homologeo. One of the key ideas that this word is conveying is to say the same thing. It comes from two greek words in combination, so it means literally same -- words. When we confess our sin to God, we are saying the same thing about our sin as he is.

An example of this is in I John 1:9 - "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." John is telling us to say the same thing about our sins. If we do this, God will be faithful to his promises.

Another example of this word is found in Matthew 10:32 - "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven." We need to be saying the same thing about Jesus whether alone, or before others. If we do this Christ will be saying the same thing before his father! What a promise that is, to know that Jesus won't be turning his back on us, but he will be keeping his word and telling the father just what he has told us!

The other Greek word that is commonly translated confess, is Exomologeo. This word is a combination of the previous word, and the word ek which means "out of." The meaning is basically the same. But I want to share one specific example of this word. It is Philippians 2:10-11 - "So that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!"

Isn't it awesome that one day, everyone will be saying the same thing about Jesus? One day we won't have to stand alone declaring his Lordship of this earth and of our lives. One day all people will say the same thing: "Jesus Christ is Lord!"

Are you saying the same thing now? or will you be one of those who will wait until the mandatory confession?

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