Do You Confess the Name of Jesus Christ?
Do you know what it means to confess the name of Christ? What imagery comes to mind when you hear of a person confessing the name of Jesus Christ? Maybe you envision a person in front of a firing squad, admitting to something forbidden knowing he is forfeiting his life with such a confession. Perhaps it is the person who, when threatened by his family, sacrifices his family ties by saying, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God.” Throughout history there have been times when people confessed the name of Christ in the midst of such dire circumstances.
However, confessing the name of Christ does not always have to be associated with life threatening circumstances. As a matter of fact, confessing the name of Christ can be as simple as telling someone that you believe in Jesus Christ as the son of God. It could be that simple; no threats upon your life; no sacrificial outcome. Any type of statement, sentence, conversation, etc. which conveys a person’s belief in Jesus Christ is considered confessing the name of Christ.
There are plenty of people in the world who do not believe in Jesus Christ. The apostle John wrote, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.” (2 John 1:7) In 1 John 4:3, John again wrote, “(A)nd every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.” You may have talked to such people. You mention your belief in Jesus and either they will remain silent or they may say, “Well, I have never bought into that Jesus stuff.” Most Christians (if not every Christian) will encounter people who do not believe in Jesus Christ.
What differentiates Christians from those lost in sin is a willingness to tell people they believe in Jesus Christ. Christians are willing to tell others why they believe in Jesus Christ. Such “confessions” are to be done with the express purpose of giving God thanks and leading others to Christ. Consider two passage not often associated together. In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” According to this passage, every time Christians allow their light to shine, the goal is that others will see their “good works” and glorify God. Now, let us connect this passage with Romans 10:9-10 where the apostle Paul wrote, “(T)hat 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.” Consider this question: Is it possible to let your light shine without confessing the name of Christ (or confessing your belief in Jesus Christ)? If so, then how? Consider another question: Is it possible to confess the name of Christ without letting your light shine before men? If so, then how? Letting your light shine before men through your good works must have at its core a willingness to let people know the source of your shining light: Your fundamental belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God.
Confessing one’s belief in Jesus Christ is one way of a two way street. When a person confesses his belief in Jesus Christ, Jesus will certainly confess that person to the Father in heaven. Consider Jesus’ words to the disciples before sending them on the limit commission: “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) If a person chooses not to tell others about his belief in Jesus, then Jesus will say something to the effect, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (cf. Matthew 7:21-23)
Consider one brief example of people who believed in Jesus, but were afraid to let others know of their belief. The apostle John wrote, “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue.” (John 12:42)
Do not shy away from mentioning your belief in Jesus Christ. Confess the name of Jesus to every person who will listen, letting them know about Jesus Christ. Lay the fundamental foundation of evangelism by leading others to Jesus Christ.