Author: Ron Graham

Glossary Simplybible

Word Study: Confession

Word family: Confession, confess.

Synonyms: Acknowledgement, admission, profession, owning up, disclosure, statement, [opposite of denial or concealment]

Related ideas: Preaching, “witnessing”, loyalty, faith, conversion, honesty, repentance and forgiveness

Definitions: Confession is owning up to something you know or believe, and telling it forthrightly to all who should hear it. In the Bible it refers to two things, namely (1) confessing your faith in Christ to the world, and (2) confessing your sins to God.

Greek References: homo-logeo, exomo-logeomai 3670, 1843 (Strong) cf 3056 logos


   Testimonial or proclamation of faith in Christ

   Wicked perverted confessions

   Confession of sin to God and those against whom we sin

Comment: There are two distinct confessions in the gospel, the confession of Christ and the confession of sin. Both are necessary for salvation, and one is pointless without the other. We have to be both honest about our faith and honest about our faults.