December 11


"In the presence of God who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment unstained" (Timothy 6:13, 14, RSV).

Paul cites the example of Christ before Pontius Pilate as a model in faithful and courageous witnessing. He refers to His witness as a "Good confession."

A confession is a statement of acknowledgment of one's faith and belief. To the apostle Paul, Christ is the perfect model of a good confessor who made a good confession of His faith. This He did firmly, faithfully, courageously, and tactfully under the severest pressure before Pilate. As the good confessor, Christ gave a powerful witness to the reality of the kingdom of God. In response to Pilate's grueling interrogation, He calmly, yet emphatically, confessed, "I am a King" (see John 18:37). He said, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36, NKJV).

Though betrayed, wrongly accused, mocked, and abused, Christ remained undaunted on the witness stand. Through patience and extraordinary self-control, He vindicated the rightness of His cause and the truthfulness of His divine sovereignty. He stood without equal as a noble confessor who gave a good confession of His faith. Loyal followers of Christ must never flinch under pressure when called upon to give a good confession of the gospel. "If the Christian life and character were always a faithful representation of Jesus... the good work of grace wrought in the heart would flow out in the life, and would reflect a clear, steady, precious light upon the pathway of others. Such a confession of faith to the world would be a most powerful sermon in favor of Christianity."--Review and Herald, October 28, 1884.

My Prayer Today: Lord, make me a faithful witness of Your saving grace. Empower me Lord, that I may be like the "Good Confessor." Amen.