DOES CONFESSION SAVE YOU?
Confessing your sin and making a public profession of faith does not save you. Scripture is very clear.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 says:
1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,
2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 contains that which is needed for one to be saved. I order to be saved, we need to believe that Christ died for our sins, and then three days latter He rose from the dead. It does not say anything about repenting of sins or making public confessions. Repentance comes when we believe that Christ died for our sins. The word repent (Greek Metanoeo Strongs# G3340), means to have a change of mind or a change of direction. When we believe that Christ died for our sins, we are agreeing with God that we are sinners who are in need of a savior. That is what repentance is, having a change of mind.
And were does it say that we are to make a public confession in order to be saved? It does not say anything about a public confession in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. It says that we need to believe that Christ died for our sins and that He rose again from the dead. BTW just believing that Christ died for your sins alone does not save us. We must believe that after He died, He rose again from the grave. Anyone can die, but only God can raise one from the dead. That is the supernatural element of our salvation – Christ’s resurrection, and without our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:12-14).
Furthermore, Those who are really saved, will show a desire for the pure milk of the word of God.
1 Peter 2:2-3 says:
2 Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
God’s seed is now in us. This seed finds it’s source in the living word of God.
1 Peter 1:23 says:
For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
God gives every true believer in Jesus Christ a desire for His word the moment they believe the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). If someone claims to be saved, and has never shown any desire for God’s word, then I would seriously question that person’s salvation.
Posted by Akinyemi Michael