One of the cool, popular bands of the 1980’s was “The Talking Heads.” Arguably their most popular songs were “Burning Down theHouse” and “Once In a Lifetime.” As I remember, David Byrne named the band a little tongue cheek, but was implying there was something to say, that they had something to say. Watch “Once in a Lifetime.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vgfeLat3RI&feature=related
Which leads me to Max Headroom. Same time frame as Talking Heads. Max was a digital talking head on a computer/TV screen. Watch the “Art of Noise Paranoimia” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEPq0FvFm3g
A lot of fun don’t you think. But what is there to say that matters more than anything else?
As we discuss the elements required for you to be saved by God, we come to confession. Saying something that matters more than anything else. Not just some talking head with really nothing to say (see previous post, November 28, 2009, https://blogthechurch.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/nothin-to-say/ )
Colin Brown’s New International Dictionary of New Testament Words says that the word translated “confess” from Greek to English is a legal term. Better get a lawyer. It means a person agrees with another statement. But it is more than saying, “in my mind, I agree that this is right, or this is true, or this is worthwhile, etc.” This agreeing, expresses itself in a promise or commitment. Confession is equivalent to a legal, binding oath.
A confession in a court of law had legal ramifications with it. Are you telling the truth? If not, and they figure out that you lied, well, that’s contempt of court and it has consequences. The implication is that when you confess something, you are bound to that statement.
Confession then is:
• A verbal agreement with another’s statement.
• This agreement expresses itself in commitment.
When applied to New Testament Christianity confession Means:
• To confess the Deity, the Lordship, the Headship of Christ.
• To agree with God that Jesus is who He says He is.
• To agree that the historical Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the only begotten son of God who came as the Savior of the world.
Here are glut of Scriptures about confession:
• Matthew 10.32-33, Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
• Romans 10.9-10, 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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
• 1 Timothy 6.12, Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
• 1 John 4.14-15, And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
• Philippians 2.9-11, Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
• Hebrews 4.14 & 10.22-23, Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washedwith pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we confess… WHY?
Because God is faithful.
Next time: What do we confess?