The Good Confession

Text: 1 Timothy 6:11-14

Confession is an important part of being a Christian. In this lesson, we will focus on confessing Christ as we consider the “good confession” that Timothy made.

We Must Be Willing to Confess

  • Publicly: “in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12) – demonstrates that one has a strong conviction, not a weak opinion (cf. John 12:42-43)
  • Before obeying the gospel (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 8:36-38)
  • After obeying the gospel (Matthew 10:32; 1 John 2:23)

What Do We Confess?

  • We confess our faith (Romans 10:9-10) – believe in our heart, confess with our mouth; but what exactly are we to believe?
  • Jesus made the good confession before Pilate (1 Timothy 6:13) – that He was king over a spiritual kingdom (John 18:36-37); that He testified to the truth (John 18:37)
  • So what must we confess? … remember the eunuch’s confession (Acts 8:37) – confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God
  • By confessing Him as Christ, we are agreeing with Him that He spoke the truth and we are acknowledging Him as Lord & ruler over all

Our Confession Represents a Commitment

  • Paul reminded Timothy of his good confession (1 Timothy 6:12) – compelled him to do certain things: flee (v. 11), pursue (v. 11), fight (v. 12), obey (v. 14)
  • We are to be obedient to our confession (2 Corinthians 9:13) – not just empty words; confessing Christ demands obedience to Christ (Luke 6:46)
  • Remember what Jesus said about confessing us if we confess Him (Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8) – parallel statement (Revelation 3:4-5) shows that confessing Christ involves us not soiling our garments, walking worthily, and overcoming the world

All Done in View of the Lord’s Return

  • Paul told Timothy to do all of this “until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 6:14)
  • We must hold fast our confession without wavering (Hebrews 10:23) – Why? … so we will receive a reward and not be destroyed (Hebrews 10:35-36, 39)
  • Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20) – like the faithful of old, we must confess that we are strangers on the earth (Hebrews 11:13); then we must live like it (1 Peter 2:11)

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