In Romans 10:10, Paul tells us that “… with the mouth confession is made unto salvation“. Notice that this confession is made “with the mouth“.
While good, this verbal confession by itself is nothing before God. The Bible talks about another confession.
Matthew 7:20-23 “20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”
Further, Paul also wrote: Titus 1:16 “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
The point is, the mouth is used to make confession. However, the confession that really matters the most is that made by the deeds.
Look at the example of Joseph, who when enticed by his masters’ wife to lie with her, refused saying, “… how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Genesis 39:9
Persistence by Potiphars’ wife met decided resistant from this man of God, who was willing to be degraded from a slave to a prisoners than to sin against his God.
Look at Daniels’ example too. He was willing to be eaten by lions than to sin against his God. Daniel 6.
This is the good confession. This is the confession that God is happy with.
Remember the words of commendation towards Job?
Job 1:8 “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” Notice, it is the deed God is focusing on, not the speech.
Job 2:3 “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.”
The circumstances Job was under by the time the second commendation is given by God were dire. Satan had prevailed upon God to allow him to harass Job (Job 1:11, 12).
All the woes Job had were directly from the Devil. Yet this was happening behind the scenes. Read Job 1:12-19 and you’ll realize that immediately after God gave all that Job had to Satan’s power, he destructively descended upon them.
Yet in all this, Job never charged God foolishly and remained faithful to Him.
This is the good confession.
The testimony of their deeds was plain and simple: That they would rather die than sin against God.
And why was this so? It is because they “… judged him faithful who had promised.” Thus, no matter what earthly circumstance came upon them, they were strengthened to be steadfast to the end.
Just do some self-evaluation for a moment and ask yourself if you are witnessing a good confession.
Remember what Jesus said:
Matthew 10:32, 33 “32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”