THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 5-5-12
LESSON TITLE: “CONFESSION SAVES.”
Good Morning and welcome to our program. What a privilege we have this morning to join together in the study of God’s Living Word. We thank God that you have chosen to be with us today and we are excited about this opportunity we have together this morning to glorify our creator. May we each do our part to make this time acceptable in His sight and according to His Will. Now, let’s approach our Father’s throne in prayer.
How often do you take advantage of the privilege of prayer? The fact is, we are all blessed with the ability to speak with our God and Father at any time through the avenue of prayer. Our first song of the morning reminds us of just how sweet prayer can be for the faithful. So, won’t you join in with the brethren as we sing together, “Sweet Hour Of Prayer!”
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When was the last time you caught yourself thinking about something that you shouldn’t? We all have a problem with this from time to time. Why, because one of the hardest things to control during our lives is our thoughts.
But why is this true? Probably because no one can see or hear what we are thinking. When we think things that are good or bad they usually are only known by the one thinking them. However, one thing we may have forgotten is God. God also knows our thoughts, even though we might think that we are able to think evil things in secret. It was because of this that we are encouraged as Christians to think on proper things. In Colossians 3:2, Paul said, “set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” You see, we are to think on those things that are good and godly, from above. We are not to think on evil or earthly things. Paul presented this same idea to the Philippians when he said, “finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things,” chapter 4, verse 8.
Now, let’s consider another reason why it is so important to think on the right things. The Bible also says, we are affected on the outside by what is going on, on the inside. To understand this better let’s read Proverbs 23:7, there it says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” If we choose to think on evil things of this world, then eventually it will affect who we are and what we do. Whether we like it or not, the way we are inside is what we will be like on the outside. Where are your thoughts focused today? On God and His Will or on earthly things which are contrary to what God wants? Choose today to set your minds and keep them, on those things which are from above!
Today we want to continue our series of study which is entitled, “I Say These Things That You May Be Saved!” Our specific lesson today declares that, “Confession Saves!” So please continue with us this morning and after our next song together we will return with this lesson from God’s Word.
As far as our guest speaker, we are again happy to have brother Jerry Sullins with us. Brother Jerry is the Director of the Bible Institute of Missouri here in Springfield. We thank him for being with us and look forward to him leading our thoughts at the appropriate time. It’s now time to join in our second hymn of the morning, the name of the song, “The Gloryland Way.”
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By Jerry Sullins
I’d like to welcome you again to the living word broadcast. We are so thankful that you are with us in our audience today and that you are looking in and examining the word of God with us as we continue each week to try to point out what the Bible has to say about very many important subjects. In our last few weeks and in the weeks to come we are going to be discussing things that pertain to basically a statement that Jesus made in John 5:34 where He said, “I say these things that you may be saved.” Well, the very reason that Jesus came into this world John 10:10 that He might come, that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly. It was that same Jesus who died upon the cross to shed His blood so that we might have the opportunity to be saved. It is through our, as we have already studied, it is through our understanding of the word of God and our belief in what Jesus did and in what He said with our obedience there of that we have those things that are mentioned by Him in John 5, those things so that we might be saved.
So what we are discussing in these few weeks are things that pertain to the most important decision that one might make in his or her life and that is, ‘What is it that Jesus wants me to do to be saved?’ He came to this earth so that he might present that plan that was devised from the very beginning, even before the beginning of this world, that we might have an opportunity by our obedience to that plan have eternal life. So it is very important to understand exactly what the Bible has to do about the question what must I do to be saved? And Jesus gave us the answer to that. Within the Lord’s plan for our salvation there is something that must take place before one can truly say that he has done what Jesus wants him to do to be saved. Now I haven’t really heard and I haven’t discussed in with people in the past who are of denominational backgrounds, who claim to be Christians. I’ve heard them say over and over again that one needs to do certain things in order that they receive salvation. Although they will say salvation is not provided to us because of meritorious works. Now everyone I have discussed this with whether they believe in the entire plan or not will say what we are going to be discussing this morning is necessary for one to truly be a disciple of Christ for one to be saved. That is a simple confession and they say that Jesus Christ is the son of God, that’s the way they put it. But my friend I am afraid we do not understand what Jesus was talking about when He said in Matthew 10:32-33, “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.”
So as we look at this subject today we are going to look at confession today as it pertains to ones initial salvation and confession as it pertains to ones continuous salvation. Now I call you attention to what the apostle Paul, the inspired apostle Paul, said given by God Himself through the Holy Spirit. He said these words and we are going to read in Romans 10 and we are going to begin with verse 8, here it says, “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach)…” Now what do they preach? They preach the word of faith. The word of faith that would bring them to what, acknowledge of what the Gospel was and what one must do in order to be saved. Now you immediately will say, ‘Well one does not have to do anything in order to be saved,’ but on the other hand you say, ‘One has to believe, one has to confess, one has to repent (which will be taking the subject of next weeks discussion),’ and others will say, ‘One must be baptized,’ which is really what the Bible teaches.
So there are things that we must do, there are conditions that we must meet. Can anyone become a Christian without belief? Can anyone become a Christian without confession? Well, certainly not and the Bible is very clear on this. So we go back to verse 9 where Paul says, “…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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Now immediately someone says, ‘Why do they even ask this question? Must I say with my mouth in order to be saved that I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?’ Well, what does the Bible say? Did not Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit from God the Father Himself speak the words with the mouth confession is made unto salvation; confession must be made before one receives salvation. So is that not a condition of ones salvation? Now, my question next to that person who would make such an inquiry is this, why would you doubt or why would you not want to confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? So it is necessary. There are Biblical examples of that; I call your attention back to Acts 8. Now you may remember the story of Philip being called of the Holy Spirit to go and to preach to a man from Ethiopia, a treasurer under Queen Candace. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship God, that is what the Bible says, and He was on His way back to Ethiopia and he was reading from Isaiah the prophet. And Philip the evangelist was sent to Him by the Holy Spirit and as he got close to the chariot he realized that the Ethiopian was reading from Isaiah 53, about the lamb being led to the slaughter is dumb and those statements made there in Isaiah 53, he opened not his mouth and on and on he was reading from there. So Philip asked if he understood what he was reading and the Ethiopian Eunuch answered how could he unless someone lead or guided him. So Philip joined him in the chariot and as they were riding along evidently he preached unto him Jesus. When they came to certain water the Ethiopian Eunuch said here is water what hinders me from being baptized and Philip said if you believe with all of your heart you may. Then he said that precious confession around verse 36-38, he said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” This man confessed that Jesus Christ was the son of God with his own mouth, he fulfilled what Jesus or actually what Paul was telling us through inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Romans 10:9-10.
Now we do this all the time as Christians, we confess our belief in Christ. Confessing ones belief in Christ does not necessarily mean just saying simply I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God it is much more than that. When we confess that Jesus built one church, Matthew 16:16-18, “…you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Christ built one church when we make that declaration to others we are what? We are confessing and acknowledging the power and the wisdom of God in creating such a thing as the one church. Must we not acknowledge His resurrection and in by doing so we what? By doing so we declare that He is the son of God for it was Jesus who is raised from the dead. Read 1Corinthians 15:1-4 which points out basically the three tenants of the Christian faith: His death, His burial, and His resurrection. So when we preach and teach the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ what are we doing? We are confessing with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord, He is the savior, He is the King of Kings. His being the only way to heaven is another way we confess that Jesus is the Christ. I remember one time in Kenya I had an opportunity to go into a compound, that is a place where many people live who are worshiping other God’s specifically one God, and I can’t even remember what God that was they were Indian people. So I professed to them the true and the living way John 14:6, Jesus is that true and that living way, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no man can come to the Father but by Him. Now I have some sad news for many people over this world who make up over a billion of our population of this 7 billion population of this world and they are called people who are Muslims. They do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, I want to relate to them this simple truth, whatever may happen I want to relate this simple truth, there is only one way to the Father and it is through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Have I not confessed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? And must I do this in order that I am a true disciple of His? Yes, and by doing so I make that great confession day, after day, after day with my mouth.
But there are other ways to confess Jesus. Now when we go back to what was stated in the first of this lesson and that is what Jesus said in Matthew 10:32-33, “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.” What was Jesus talking about? If you take it literally in the context and you take the meanings of those words what Jesus is talking about is a daily confession through the life that we live. Let me ask you this, if we live in such a way as Christ wants us to live are we not by that living and putting that example before others? Are we not confessing with the way that we live that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? When one person might come up to you and say, ‘I’ve noticed that you are different than other people because you live a moral life and you seem to desire to want to be at peace with others…’ and they point out many other characteristics that are found in Christ and then they say you must be a Christian. What a wonderful declaration by what we are doing and confessing in our lives that Jesus Christ is indeed our Lord and our Savior. Do you remember what the author of the book of Hebrews said in Hebrews 10:23? A very, very interesting statement where he said, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering.” Now if you take that verse in its context it is simply talking about being able to deal with our sins and by dealing with our sins we truly make a confession in our lives that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Because we know that Jesus came to this world to do what, to eradicate sin, to deliver us from the power of darkness and from sinfulness. So it is through our ability to hold fast the confession of our faith. What is the confession of our faith? That Jesus Christ is the Son of God and we know because of that and because of the shedding of His blood on the cross of cavalry we have hope of eternal life.
Remember what Jesus said in Luke 6:46, this has to do with confession, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?” You notice what Jesus is saying there? Do we really have a right to call Jesus “Lord, Lord,” and fail to do the things that He says? Now if I claim that I am a Christian and I say to people that I am a Christian but yet I am not doing the things that He asks me to do am I confessing through my life that He is the Lord or am I denying in my life that I truly believe that He is the Lord Jesus Christ? Well, I think you can answer that question yourself. It doesn’t take a road scholar to make the answer to that question. There was a statement by the apostle Paul concerning those who would pervert the Gospel in Titus 1:16. Now I want you to understand this statement because in this statement we can see that it does make a difference how one live as to whether they are confessing or denying Christ. Now what Paul said about these false teachers who proclaimed to be of Christ, who were perverting the Gospel, he said they professed to know God but in works they deny Him.
So can we deny the Lord God? Can we deny the Lord Jesus in the works that we do? Well, God said this through Paul given to Titus through inspiration of the Holy Spirit and basically He says yes we can. I want to show you what is said in Philippians 2:9-11 and I’d like to read this to you, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of hose in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Yes there will come a day when every knee shall bow down and every tongue shall confess the Jesus Christ is the Son of God. When is that day coming? According to Paul in Romans 14:10-11, is when we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ and there we will bow our knee, all of us, people all over the world will then have to finally decided once and for all that confession is necessary, in fact it will be too late for them, but they will confess that He is the Son of God whether they believed it or not believed it on the face of this earth.
So my friend confession is a part of the plan of God towards salvation. We confess Christ in what we say and do. So simple obedience to His will belief in Christ, confession of our sins, repentance or turning away from sin, and being baptized into Christ will put us into Christ and it is through that that we also confess with what we have done and even with our mouths that Jesus Christ truly and is indeed the Son of God. I hope and I pray that you this morning will take these things into account and make sure that you are acceptable to God on His standards and in His way, and may the Lord bless you in doing so.
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