We have heard that all anyone has to do to be born again is confess Christ as their Savior. Praise God for His ultimate simplicity in accessing Him!
But then what? Is confession all we have to do to enter into His rest? I say no and I can prove Christ does too.
The Bible tells us the Scripture was written for our learning (Romans 15:4). And so let’s ask ourselves the popular question: what would Jesus do? He certainly didn’t walk past the disciples telling them to only confess Him. He asked them to follow (Matthew 16:24; Mark 2:14; Luke 9:23+). And follow they did (Matthew 9:9). They dropped everything that was in their hands to go after the Promise and Instruction that was in His. And because of their choice to do so, their lives bore fruit (Deut 30:19).
Isn’t that what God blessed and commanded us to do in the beginning? Be fruitful and multiply He said…subdue the land and replenish it (Genesis 1:28). Results like that require confession AND commitment.
I think of when Christ foretold that at the end there would be many who He’d tell He never knew (Matthew 7:23). The rebuttal was “but we prophesied in Your Name”, “did many wonderful works in Your Name”, “we cast out devils in Your Name”.
What unBeliever would even know to use those arguments in their defense? Those were Church folks defending themselves. Do you not think they had prefaced their prophesying and wonderful works by first confessing Him as Lord? If prophesying, and casting out devils, and doing wonderful works in the Lord’s Name aren’t enough, how reasonable is it to think one confession is?
In these last days, we have to be mindful of our hearts, of our ways, and since we call Him our Lord, mindful of what He’s required of us. For Christ to come back for a glorious church, He must be glorified.
What gives Him glory is us worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. And we can only acknowledge the truth about Him as we accept the truth about our ourselves (especially the ugly parts).
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:24)
Are you being deceived? Are you the elect?
Don’t let religiosity’s fake representation trick you out of your salvation. If there was no need for us to be saved from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life Christ would never have come. We ALL need Him continuously.
Stop with all the pretending there is nothing He’s saved you from; that there are not still components of your self that are in need of His holiness and purification. This is a process God tells us will continue until He comes back.
Ask God to reveal to you if the spirit of religion has closed your heart to a true commitment to Christ.
I’ll venture to bet the devil didn’t fight you half as much on your born again confession as he is your daily commitment to giving the Triune God a position of leadership in your life.
Confession introduces conversion. Commitment completes it.