My parents said one thing to me growing up more than anything else, “Shut up, Jeff!” Now that was before shut up was treated as a four-letter word. I talked a lot! If I had said anything, maybe they wouldn’t have continued to ask me to be quiet.
Here’s something that I will never get tired of hearing (my parents too, I suppose), the third element of salvation.
We have discussed the first couple of elements that must happen in a person’s life in order for them to receive salvation. Here’s a quick review”
- Believe. Romans 10:9, “If you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you can be saved.” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God that God raised from the dead.
- Repent. Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and you’ll receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” I am sorry for my sin and have determined to live out the change that will happen in my life.
Now, the third element that must happen in your life to receive God’s salvation is to confess. What do we mean by confess?
I have confessed my sins already, that’s involved in repentance. Here is the rest of Romans 10:9. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Peter’s confession is usually the confession we refer to when someone is about to confess Jesus. In reply to Jesus’ question, Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
If you believe in Jesus what should your confession be. What do you have to say? What do you believe?
Confession and baptism is to be public. There is commitment, accountability, encouragement, and more as we confess Jesus before others and they share in our immersion. What do you say?
These will be the most meaningful words you will ever express; “I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
It is saying something of meaning!