Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Importance of Confessing

Until you can truly confess what God's Word says about you, you can never truly confess what God's Word says about Christ.

I think I may have made this up, but I could have read it somewhere. It jumped into my brain one night while trying to fall asleep. I think it is very true. Unless we confess, that is, speak with, God's Word the truth that we are by nature sinful and unclean, that there is nothing good that dwells within us, that we have sinned in thought, word and deed, we cannot faithfully or truly confess God's Word that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, that He was given for the forgiveness of sins, that He has made atonement for the sins of the world and that He is the only way of salvation.

1 comment:

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

Fr. Jim:
If this formula did come from you, it is because you have clearly immersed yourself in the truth of Holy Writ, as the fathers of the church have confessed it and meditated upon it. And so, for example, it reminds me of that prayer of Saint Augustine:

Domine Iesu, noverim me, noverim te.

Lord Jesus, grant me to know myself, and to know Thee.

I like the order here, for first comes knowledge of self, which crushes us, and brings despair; then comes the knowledge of the light of Christ our Savior from sin and death, Who brings us new life in Him.