Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus… – Hebrews 3:1
In 1Timothy 6:13, Paul admonishing young Timothy said “I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession….” The same Greek word “homologia” which actually means “confession” is translated “profession” in our opening scripture. It doesn’t mean to admit and declare your sins; rather, it means speaking the same thing in agreement with God. So a good confession is that statement that lines up with what God has already said in His Word; you agree with, and declare what the Word says about you or your situation—in spite of pressure or opposition.
John gives us a detailed account of the dialogue that ensued between Jesus and Pilate. Though the Master was betrayed, mocked, abused and wrongly accused, He remained undaunted on the witness stand. Under the severest pressure before Pilate the Governor who threatened Him saying “…knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?” (John 19:10), Jesus fearlessly kept His composure and maintained a good confession. I’m often thrilled at His response to the Governor’s interrogation. Very calmly, yet emphatically, He confessed, “I am a King” and also added, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36-37).
The Master’s testimony before Pilate was one of the Word. He spoke the same thing in consent with the word in spite of the pressure. That’s what a good confession is; declaring the truth of God’s Word about you; giving a powerful witness to the reality of the Word in your life! In Revelation 1:5, the Bible says “And from Jesus Christ, who is THE FAITHULL WITNESS, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth….” He gave a powerful witness to the reality of the Word in His life. He spearheaded this great and beautiful life of good confessions. No wonder Christianity is often referred to as “The Great Confession.”
In the face of staggering oppositions, refuse to flinch or cower. Maintain your faith-filled confession by declaring who you are according to the Word. It may be some trouble with your health, finances, or at your job; refuse to talk fear or unbelief. Very firmly, faithfully, and courageously speak the Word of God concerning such situations, and you’ll definitely come out victorious.
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Lord Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of my confession, I give glory to your Name. Just as you maintained the beautiful confession before Pilate, I declare that I have the victory in this world. I refuse to be moved by the light afflictions that I see, for I know that they are subject to change. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 4:20; Hebrews 4:14-15