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CONFESSION. “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of… Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate.” I Tim. 6:12-13.

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confession

CONFESSION

“Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of… Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate.” I Tim. 6:12-13

two confessions under consideration
Two Confessions Under Consideration
  • The first comes before our baptism, and is mentioned in I Tim. 6.
  • The second is a Christian talking to his Father about the weaknesses of life.
  • Or talking with a trusted advisor.
confession of faith in jesus
Confession Of Faith In Jesus
  • It is necessary – Romans 10:9-10; Matt. 10:32-33.
  • The content – I John 4:2-3; Phil. 2:11.
  • Example – Acts 8:37
  • What prompts us – Matt. 16:17; Rom. 10:9.
  • What hinders us – fear (John 7:13; 12:42-44)

false teachers (2 John7)

confession of sins
Confession of Sins
  • Confession of Jesus as Lord is ongoing.
  • So is confession of sin – I John 1:8ff.
  • Confession isn’t repentance, repentance should lead to confession to God. Acts 8:14-24
  • Or perhaps to a trusted friend – James 5:15f
  • “Confession is good for the soul, but bad for the reputation.”
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“We confess our little faults only to persuade others that we have no great ones.”
  • “Promiscuous confession to promiscuous gatherings is not healthy. There are some things which God deals with in His private office.”
  • “Protestantism needs to develop a better method of dealing with personal guilt than public confession of general sinfulness. There is a need to particularize the guilt to get definitely rid of the burden.”
public confession
Public Confession
  • We’ve always been taught, “Confession needs to be public if the sin is known to others.”
  • Not necessarily healthy…
  • But sometimes necessary…

Do you need to make one of these confessions?

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