Have you ever heard anyone talk about the Great Confession? What does it mean? What is the point of it all? Is it even meaningful, today?
I hate saying, “When I was a kid,” but when I was a kid the Great Confession was something we talked about. Do not fear the Great Confession, and as a matter of fact, embrace the idea of the Great Confession. It is a joyous moment of life.
So looking back, where are we in the plan of salvation? We have heard the word, believed that Jesus is the Son of God, and we have repented of our Sins. People, the hard part of the plan of salvation is done.
What do we confess?
This is real simple. We stand before a group of believers and make it known that we believe that Jesus is God’s Son. We want to live the rest of our lives dedicating it to the service of God. We want our sins wiped away.
Guess what? When we do this, we do not have people looking down on us. Instead, we have people rejoicing with us, and we have brothers and sisters ready to walk with us side-by-side.
What are we saying in the Great Confession?
Confession pops up all over the Bible. It is particularly prominent in the New Testament, but a simple concordance search will result in numerous passages in the Old Testament where confession is the main focus.
I know on more than one occasion I have referenced the Book of James, and if you will permit me, I would like to do so again.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. – James 5:16
This is a super popular passage, but I think it can give people coming to the Lord the Confidence that confessing one’s sins opens up a whole avenue to God. If you don’t think people are praying for someone coming forward and wanting to give their life to Christ, you need to find some new people to hang around.
The Great Confession shows confidence.
What do I mean by shows confidence? You are standing up and telling people I believe. The sad fact today is few are doing this. Should we have expected this? Yep!
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
If you are scoring at home, those words are written in red. That means they came straight from Jesus. This is not an easy road we are making for ourselves. There are people out there who will tell you different, but I think these words refute that.
It takes an enormous amount of confidence and integrity to admit that your life is not on track and you want to change. However, as I mentioned before, you will not be going at this alone.
I love sports. When I try to relate things, sports is what I go to. Hear me out on this one, and if doesn’t make sense, let me know.
The idea of the Great Confession is like you telling everyone what team you want to be a part of. You get to pick your team. Can you imagine what it would be like to be able to pick your team, and they accept you no matter your misgivings.
That is what is going on here. I am probably getting ahead of myself here, but the team that you are picking to be on has already won. It has been decided. The game is over.
As we go forward, the plan of salvation doesn’t stop here. It continues, but I hope you can see the while the Great Confession sounds daunting, it really is a time for celebration.
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