Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11–14
A. A careful reading of the accounts of Jesus’ trial before Pilate reveals what “the good confession” was that He made there.
B. It is the same confession that Peter made (Matthew 16:16) and that Timothy made “before many witnesses.”
I. What is the significance of Jesus’ confession before Pilate?
A. If Jesus had not made this confession, He likely would not have died during Passover (Mark 14:1–2, 55–56, 61–64).
B. Jesus confessed Himself for the sakes of those who would deny Him (Mark 14:66–72; Acts 3:13; 2 Timothy 2:12–13).
II. What happens if we do not confess Him?
A. We cannot be saved (Romans 10:10).
B. We have the spirit of antichrist (1 John 2:22–23; 2 John 7).
C. He will deny us (2 Timothy 2:12; Matthew 10:32–33; 2 Peter 2:1).
III. How are we to confess Jesus?
A. We must confess with the mouth (Romans 10:8–10).
B. We must also confess Him with our actions (Titus 1:15–16; Acts 19:18).
C. We must confess Him in spite of any and all opposition (John 9:22; 12:42–43).
A. Jesus’ confession before Pilate made our salvation a possibility, but only our confession of Him can make it a reality.
B. In order to confess Jesus, you will first have to deny yourself (Luke 9:20–23).
C. Once you have made the good confession, don’t give it up for anything (Hebrews 4:14; 10:23).