2/15/14: Change Your Confession
We all tend to balk against change. Somehow we get it in our minds that a thing should be done or understood the way we do it or understand it, and then we war against anything different. Sometimes we’re right and we ought to stand our ground, but sometimes we’re wrong. At those times when we’re wrong, we need to not only make a 180-degree turn, but we need to voice (confess) our change. You see, we may not realize how many people have been listening to our first position, so when we come to truth, it’s ever so important to voice the real truth as a testimony to others we’ve led down the wrong path.
An example of such a change is found dramatically in the conversion of Saul of Tarsus (see Acts 9), but just as dramatic is the changed confession of one of the criminals crucified beside Jesus. Matthew 27:41-44 records for us that all the major players gathered around the crosses at the top of Golgotha that fateful day were actively engaged in making fun of Jesus. “Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, 42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save…” Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him the same thing” (NKJ). However, as the hours wore on, something changed inside of one of the thieves. Luke reports the incident this way:
- Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” Luke 23:39-43 (NKJ).
You see, a few hours earlier, thief #2 was spitting the same venom as thief #1, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. “If you’re really all that you said you were, Jesus, prove it now.” One thing had changed for thief #2, though. I believe it was the realization of his sure-approaching death. As it became more and more obvious to that man that his very life was truly ebbing away, it dawned upon him that Jesus was his only hope. He noticed that he was suffering justly for his crimes, but all Jesus had ever done was invite others to get to God the Father through Him.
Right then, upon that realization, thief #2 changed both his confession and his testimony. He spoke truth to thief #1 who was still mocking Jesus, and he spoke his confession of Christ to Jesus. And Jesus forever changed that man’s future.
Our future can be forever altered by changing our confession as well. “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” Romans 10:9-10 (NKJ). We need as much salvation from hell as we do salvation from ungodly thoughts and actions. Let us examine what we are doing or believing that we refuse to change? Hold it up to the scrutiny of God’s Word—Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:14). Honestly admit to the things that don’t line up at every point. Realize that holding to that action or belief only leads to death (Romans 6:23). Turn to Jesus in confession of who He is and with every intention of operating from now on as Kingdom dwellers by changing our current, wrong actions and beliefs to what He directs us to believe and how He desires for us to act. Then boldly make the new confessions based firmly on the Word of God. Worship God whose truth is our Confession-Changer.
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