Lessons from Romans (Confession)

I apologize that I haven’t written as often as I intended to; I started a word-of-the-day blog, and that and a few other things have been taking up a lot of time. It’s not really that I have been short of material; it’s just that between thinking about sharing something here, and actually writing it, there is usually a delay, and often, things crowd in and it doesn’t get written.

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (Rom 14:11)

I wanted to write about the word “confess”; we often associate it with confession of sin – possibly because of the influence of the Catholic church with “going to confession” and confessing one’s sins to a priest. But the root word of confession here is more about giving honor and glory.

If you think about it, however, confession is both — on man’s side, we are confessing our sins; telling God about the things we have done that are wrong. But on God’s side, confessing our sins implicitly says that His law is good and right; and that He is Holy and Just. It does bring glory to Him — and this is the idea in Joshua 7:19 (And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.)

Of course, not all confession is of sin – we can confess that God is Holy and Just and Right without listing sins we have committed.

Just a thought!

About Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.
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