Mark 8 Lesson

Confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior

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

“Who do you say that I am?”

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

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 heart that God raised Him from the dead.

God does not want us to be bashful believers!

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.

For the remainder of today’s lesson, we will look at what the Bible has to say about the importance of believing in Jesus and confessing Him as our Lord and Savior.

BELIEVING IN JESUS

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

  • “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.
  • Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. ” - Acts 16:31.
  • 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

God does not want us to be lukewarm concerning our faith. He wants us to be so excited about Jesus, that we cannot wait to share our faith with others. Consider the following scriptures and heed their warning:

  • “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.
  • “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 know our Lord and Savior, we have nothing!  Eventually, everything else will fade away. 

Mathew 16:26 says:

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

As Christians, we are to always be prepared to talk about Jesus and what He did for us.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture taken from Peter’s first epistle:

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” – 1 Peter 3:15. 

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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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