© 2011 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Usually when we hear the word “confession,” something bad has happened. Someone did something wrong, had concealed it, and wanted to get some of the guilt off of his chest.
But the Bible describes a confession that is good through and through. “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 6:12-14). In this way, old Paul urged young Timothy to keep living a faithful Christian life.
Timothy had entered Christian life in preparation for eternal life. When he did, he made “the good confession” in the presence of many witnesses. Timothy believed what Jesus said about Himself before the Roman governor Pilate, and he was not afraid to say so. Jesus is King (John 18:33-37).
In the New Testament, people who became disciples of Jesus confessed their faith in Him as the Christ, the Son of God (Matthew 16:16). They gladly admitted that He is Lord and God (John 20:28). He is who He says He is. He deserves to rule in our lives. Our salvation from sin hangs on our verbal and public confession of faith in Him (Romans 10:9-10).
Have you made the good confession? We would love to help you have faith in Christ. We would love to witness your good confession as you enter joyfully into life with Him (Acts 8:35-39).