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Sometimes when prisoners are taken captive during times
of war, they may make true or false confessions because of
punishment or other threats. Luke chapter 15 tells about a
true confession of a prodigal who had wasted his possessions
in sinful living. He said that he would go home and confess to
his father about his sin. He did what he said he would do. His
father welcomed him home and gave a huge celebration for him.
The word confession in Greek is homologeo. That is, “I agree or
confess by telling the truth.” What would happen in the world
if in our churches we had regular times of true confession? Here
are a few references relating to confession.
1. Proverbs 28:13.
What happens to a person who hides his sins? What happens if
we confess and forsake our wrong? Why is God pleased when we
confess our sins?
2. Daniel 9:3–9.
Who did Daniel say had sinned and how did he confess those sins?
When we confess our wrongs as Daniel did, what will God do?
3. Matthew 10:32.
How do we acknowledge Jesus before others? What happens to
those who do not confess Jesus? What will Jesus do for those who
identify themselves with Him?
4. John 12:42.
Why did some leaders who believed in Jesus not make a confession
of faith in Him? Why might it be difficult for some people to confess
Christ before others?
5. Romans 10:9–10.
What does it mean to confess Jesus as Lord? What happens to those
who confess with their mouth and believe in their heart concerning
6. Philippians 2:9–11.
Does the world believe that the name of Jesus is above every name?
What do you think about Christ’s lordship? What does that confession
mean to you?
7. 1 Timothy 6:12–14.
What kind of confession did Timothy make? Who made a perfect
confession before Pilate? How is Christ’s confession a model for us?
8. James 5:16.
What does it mean to confess our faults to one another? Is it easy to
confess our faults and pray for someone against whom we have sinned?
9. 1 John 1:9.
Why should our sins be confessed? To whom do we admit our sins?
What happens when we confess sin? How does this verse apply to
10. 1 John 4:15.
Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Why does the Bible
repeat this truth? What happens within a person who confesses
that Jesus is God’s Son?
From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor
About the Author (2010):
Preston A. Taylor is a retired pastor and missionary to Argentina. He received
his BD and ThM degrees from Southwestern Baptist Seminary and his DMin
from Luther Rice Seminary. For the past 25 years, he has written a weekly
devotional message for newspapers in the towns where he has served as
pastor. Dr. Taylor currently lives in Zapata, Texas.
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