Confessing Christ

This is a subsidiary post of Confession.
It is also a subsidiary post of Christ.

Subsidiary post:  Boast in the Lord

I have marked “confess” or a clear synonym in bold letters.

The opposite of “confess” is “deny” – see the usage in Matthew 10:32-33; Luke 12:8-9; John 1:20; 1 John 2:22-23, all of which are below.  Because “deny” is an antonym, and therefore contributes to our understanding of “confess,” I have included some of its occurrences below and marked them in italics.

The most notable denials of Jesus were uttered by Peter – the disciple who had so dramatically confessed Him in Matthew 16:15-18 (see in the list below).  At the Last Supper, Jesus prophesied Peter’s denials. This prophecy appears in Matthew 26:33-35; Mark 14:29-31; Luke 22:33-34; and John 13:36-38. The passages which describe Peter’s actual denial are Matthew 26:69–74, Mark 14:66–72, Luke 22:55–62, and John 18:15–18, 25–27.  (To avoid cluttering, I’ve included none of these denial prophecies or fulfillments in the list below.)

(An asterisk at the beginning of the citation indicates that confession of Christ is in view even though the word “confess” is not explicitly employed.)

*Matthew 7:21  –  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’…

Matthew 10:32, 33  –  “everyone who confesses Me before men…But whoever denies Me before men”

*Matthew 16:15, 16, 17, 18  –  “But who do you say that I am?” and “upon this rock I will build My church”  –  Jesus is saying that Peter’s confession of Him is the foundation upon which the church will be built.  Peter’s subsequent denial of this truth (see scriptures describing in paragraph near the top of this post), the Lord’s forgiveness, and Peter’s recovery to faith testifies to the ultimate unshakeableness of this foundation.

Luke 12:8  –  “everyone who confesses Me before men”
Luke 12:9  –  “but he who denies Me before men”

John 1:20  –  “[John the Baptist] confessed and did not deny, but confessed, ‘I am not the Christ’.”

John 9:22  –  “if anyone confessed Him to be Christ”

John 12:42  –  “but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him”

Romans 10:9  –  “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord”
Romans 10:10  –  “and with the mouth he confesses

*1 Corinthians 12:3  –  “no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit”

2 Corinthians 9:13  –  “your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ”

Philippians 2:11  –  “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”

1 Timothy 6:12  –  “you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses”

*Titus 1:16  –  “They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him”

Hebrews 3:1  –  “Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession”  –  Consider this in light of Jesus’ promise in Matthew 10:32-33 above.

*1 John 2:4, 5  –  “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him'”

1 John 2:22, 23  –  “the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ…the one who denies the Father and the Son…Whoever denies the Son…the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”

1 John 4:2  –  “every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;”
1 John 4:3  –  “and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God”

1 John 4:15  –  “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God”

*Revelation 2:13  –  “and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith”


1 Kings 8:33, 35  –  “and confess Your name”

2 Chronicles 6:24, 26  –  “and confess Your name”

*Proverbs 3:6  –  “In all your ways acknowledge Him”


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