Jan19SunJanuary 19, 2014
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:10
The word confession (Greek "homologeo") means "to speak the same thing". We speak or say what we believe. Every time we open our mouths it’s a confession of what we believe – good or bad. If we say, “the atheist does not believe in God nor His existence” it is because that is what we believe. We say what we believe. If we say, “I don’t know how I’m going to make it”, it’s because that is what we believe in our heart.
If we say God, Jehovah Jireh, will provide it is because we believe according to the Word of God He will do it. We have what we say and what we say is based on what we truly believe. Confession makes us one with the Word. Our confidence and trust is faith in God and His ability. If we doubt or don’t believe concerning a matter, we will speak in such a way that even the hearer will recognize that doubt or unbelief nullifies what we say – that includes the devil.
When Jesus said in John 11:26, “And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?”, it was an in-depth question regarding the resurrection and the eternal state of the believer. Her response was a confession, “27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” But Jesus did not ask her who He was, He asked her if she believed that everyone who continuously lives and believes in Him shall never die? Comments like “Lord if You had been here”; “whatever You ask from God”; and “I know that he will rise again…” caused Jesus to question her faith.
Isn’t it interesting how we can say the right things but doubt and unbelief can still filter through? Mary, the same one who sat at Jesus feet and this time fell at His feet (John 11:32) made the same statement as Martha did, “Lord, if You had been here”. Jesus groaned in the spirit and was troubled and I believe “wept” because of all the doubt and unbelief. He was going to raise Lazarus up, not preach his eulogy. They knew He was the Christ and had witnessed His power and authority but were still filled with doubt and questions. It wasn’t acceptable then and it’s not acceptable now.
He told the disciples, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe…” Now, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, these things are written for our example so that we should not repeat the same patterns and behaviors as those gone on before us. It is not written so that we can say, “see they did it too…” Hebrews 6:9 says it best, “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you...” All things are possible to the one who believes! Read Jn 11; Ps 116