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Final Confession

Final Confession

Words of Faith 8-16-19

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2019

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Philippians 2

[10] that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, [11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


Are there some divine moments in history that are more special than others? The moment of creation is unique when God said: Let there be light! Wow. Each moment of creation stands alone — land, sea, sky, animal, humans. So also stands the moment when humans fell, and sin entered in breaking the relationship God intended.

But then there also was the moment of Incarnation when God became flesh. And the moment of Atonement when the Son of God hung on a cross and cried: "It is finished!" The debt is paid for once and for all. There was the moment of Resurrection, what glory! And the moment of Ascension, how awesome. The moment of Pentecost, how wonderful!

There is also the moment of confession. We don't talk about it as much, but it is essential. Confession is that moment when these things are agreed to be the truth, and Jesus is declared Lord. The Bible teaches that this will happen for every being even devils and demons! All will have a moment of confession and a moment of truth.

Because of the obedient and sacrificial death of Jesus, He is exalted, and at some point, even the most resistant and rebellious will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Every knee will bow, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. It is an event completed perhaps at the end of time at the final judgment. But it is also an event unique and available to each life.

Just as each life has a unique moment of conception, birth, and death, each life also has a unique moment of "confession" for agreement with the truth of God, that Jesus Christ is Lord. We are offered the opportunity to embrace that moment of confession with joy and find wholeness and salvation in it.

The alternative is to wait and join with the rebellious voices of evil when they are forced finally to bend their knees and admit that Jesus is Lord of all. It is not a question of "if" we will confess Jesus as Lord, only a matter of "when," and "when" makes all the difference in eternity.

The counsel of Scripture is clear that the final confession by evil is not a moment of "universal salvation." It is more a final, defeated confession in despair. That is the choice: confess Him today, or confess Him in eternity. Confess Him with joy and salvation, or confess Him with the groan of regret.


Lord, Jesus. Thank You for coming incarnate into the world. Thank You for revealing the Truth in Your life, death, and resurrection. Thank You for Your obedient death upon the cross. Thank You for offering me the joy of confessing the Truth. Walk with me today as Lord of my life. In the name of Jesus, exalted to the glory of God the Father.


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