(By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) “…because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…” (ASV) Being a Christian is more than just going to church. It is something that we must confess. According to the Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word translated as confess means to “assent, covenant, confession, or promise.”
When we turn away from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light, we must learn to confess Jesus as our Lord. When our old friends try to pull us back into the world, we must confess Jesus is Lord. We must learn to testify as to what He has done for us as Lord and Savior. To believers in later time periods, to confess Jesus as Lord took on a whole different meaning than we might think.
Let’s fast forward to 81 AD. At this time, Domitian became emperor of the Roman Empire. He was a very arrogant ruler who actually began to proclaim himself as lord and god (dominus et deus in latin). In fact, all documents and conversations were required to address him as so! We learn this from Roman historians (quoted below). CONTINUE