By no means the least

He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’” Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’” (Matt. 16:15-16). There are three kinds of confessions in the New Testament. The first, confession that Christ our Savior is the Son of God, leads to the other two.  Without that, nothing else matters because the end of anyone who does not is eternal damnation in the fiery pits of hell.  Confessing Christ as the Savior of the world is the foundation of everything it is to be Christian, and it is the only way…and let me stress that, “THE ONLY WAY” to the glory of an eternity in heaven.

Is it the only thing needed to be assured of your salvation?  Absolutely not, unless you ignore the rest of scripture, do not study the Bible, or merely follow the ramblings of someone who has decided that is all that is necessary. They will push the words of Rom. 10:9-10 while ignoring all other scriptures in an attempt to persuade you that nothing else is needed, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Unfortunately, they are wrong and should study the entire NT Testament again.

If I asked you to read the manual for a vehicle as you were learning to drive and told you only to pay attention to the paragraph that states, “depress the accelerator to move the vehicle.”, what would happen? If you did only that, the vehicle would not move, and you will never reach your destination.  Ignoring the instructions on starting the engine and putting it into gear, among other things, is silly. In fact, most people would read the other pages and conclude that additional steps are involved in creating forward or reverse motion in a vehicle. Why then take two verses from the New Testament and ignore others that speak of hearing, believing, repenting, baptism and obedience.

Confessing this way is not an option. It is not something you can choose to dismiss because you don’t “think” it is necessary.  You either confess that in truth, or you will never see the glory of heaven. The Bible makes the importance of Christ’s role in our salvation clear in numerous scriptures. For example, we are told in Acts 4:12, “…there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” No matter what any person or group thinks, there is only one name to call on for salvation. God sent His perfect Son to save us, not any mortal man who has no power to appease the wrath of God. Why so many religious groups dismiss the power of Jesus to save them is beyond the understanding of anyone who has read the Bible.

Also, John 14:6 reads as follows, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” To underscore its importance, there should be an “Amen” at the end of this emphatic statement. Not confessing the Name of He who is God in the flesh will end in brutal anguish forever, and John makes it clear who they are in 1 Joh. 2:22-23, “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.” You cannot call on the grace and mercy of God without first acknowledging His Son, and the only way to do that is to confess His relationship to the Creator. Want to be called a Christian? Want to go to heaven? If you do, obedience to the scripture requires you to do several things, of which confessing Christ is by no means the least. TBC.

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