Mark 8 Lesson

Confessing Jesus As Lord And Savior

In Mark 8:27, Jesus asks His disciples the most important question that one can be asked.

“Who do you say that I am?”

This is a remarkably simple question, with a profound effect on one’s salvation.

What about you?

Who do you say that Jesus is?

Have you ever been asked that question?

If so, how did you answer?

The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:

  • “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10.

This scripture tells us that to be saved we must:

  1. Confess Jesus as Lord.
  2. Believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead.

God does not want us to keep our belief in Jesus to ourselves. He wants us to boldly confess it!

Jesus said in Mathew 10:32-33:

  • Therefore, everyone who confesses Me before people, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.  But whoever denies Me before people, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”

When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was, He said:

  • “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30.

If we have the kind of love described in the above passage, we should always be ready to share with others the reason for our faith.

In his first epistle, Peter wrote:

  • “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always  being  ready to make a  defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect .” – 1 Peter 3:15.

BELIEF IN JESUS

There is no doubt that believing in Jesus is necessary for salvation. The following three scriptures make that point clear:

  1. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” - John 3:16.
  2. Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” - Acts 16:31.
  3. The one who believes in the Son has eternal life; but the one who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” - John 3:36.

CONFESSING OUR BELIEF IN JESUS

Belief in Jesus is an important part of salvation, but it is not sufficient on its own. To be saved, we must also confess our belief in Him. God does not want us to be lukewarm Christians. He wants us to be so excited about Jesus, that we cannot wait to share our faith with others. Consider the following two scriptures and heed their warning:

  1. “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” - Revelation 3:15-16.
  2. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” - Mathew 7:21-23.

When others hear us confess Jesus as our Savior, they are more likely to do the same, and God is glorified.

We can have everything else in the world, but if we do not have faith in Jesus, we have nothing. Eventually, everything else will all fade away. Heaven is for eternity!

In Mathew 16:26, Jesus asked the following question:

  • “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”

CONCLUSION

As Christians, we are to always be ready to talk about Jesus and to provide a testimony about our faith.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following five scriptures about confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior:

  1. “Return to your home and describe what great things God has done for you .” – Luke 8:39.
  2. “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with  me  in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God .” - 2 Timothy 1:8.
  3. “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony.” - Revelation 12:11.
  4. Come and hear, all who fear God, and I will tell of what He has done for my soul.” - Psalm 66:16.
  5. “Therefore, everyone who  confesses Me before people, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.” - Mathew 10:32.

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James Guillory

Jesus is my Lord and Savior and he is my dear Friend who walks with me each and every day!!

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jmack3388

I think it is human nature to forget about all the good things that God has done for us. Look at Jesus' own apostles. They watched Jesus feed thousands of people, twice, with just a few loaves of bread and a few fish. And they were worried about how they were going to feed others right after that while traveling with Jesus. This is why God commands us to stay in His Word and to help others to do the same. Because we have short memories and need constant reminders of God's power and our lack there of.

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