“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
When Jesus Confesses
(Please read Matthew 10:32-33)
In everyday usage, the word “confess” usually refers to what a criminal does when he admits to having committed a crime. It is with that same general meaning in mind that preachers invite their listeners to confess their sins and pray for forgiveness.
We also speak often of another confession that we are asked to make — that is, to acknowledge openly before others that we believe Christ is the Son of God. We have precedent for this in the account of Philip’s baptism of an Ethiopian official in Acts 8:35-39.
The rewards of this confession are many. One person’s confession of belief in Christ can encourage others to do the same, perhaps in time resulting in a chain reaction among families, friends, coworkers and so on. And when a Christian is tempted, memory of that good confession can act as a cautionary reminder of the One Whom we may be about to betray.
But the awe-inspiring reward is in heaven itself, as Jesus “confesses” us before the Father, as shown in our text. This means that Jesus acknowledges in heaven that the confessed believer is His disciple. Isn’t it wonderful to know that Jesus not only knows your name but announces it in heaven!
Our text does not set a limit on the number of times a person will confess Christ and be confessed in heaven. A life of continual confession and submission will result in victory, and Jesus has assured each one who overcomes that he “will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels” (Revelation 3:5, NIV). And we will actually hear that heavenly confession.