TUESDAY September 8, 2020
Confession of Christ
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that 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.
Paul preached the Gospel to both the Jews and the Gentiles. He preached the Good News to anyone who needed Christ. Notice again Paul’s thorough knowledge of the Scriptures as he masterfully quoted from the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 30:14.
We have God’s Word! How far is God away from anyone? He is not far away or distant, He is right here! All a person needs to do is believe and confess Christ. The thief on the Cross confessed Christ before he died and gained entrance into paradise (Luke 23:43). It was not too late for him. Christ assured him of his salvation.
Until death happens, it is never too late for a person to accept Christ. Anybody can come to Christ and be saved. Salvation is not for a few select people. God desires all men to be saved; His invitation for salvation is available to anyone in the whole world: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Understand, people are responsible for their decisions. God rejects no one, a person has the free will to reject Him or accept Him. It is with the heart and with the mouth that a person makes a true confession. Anyone who repents of their sins and accepts Christ is saved, and they can go to heaven. A person needs to always come to a place of faith in Christ.
Christ had reasons for demanding that people openly follow Him. He knew that an unwitnessed vow is no vow at all. Until you have surrendered to Christ by a definite act of your will, you are not a Christian.
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