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To confess Jesus Christ is, first, to personally have faith in Jesus as one's Savior from sin through His death and resurrection -- the only means by which one can receive forgiveness of sin from God and eternal life in God's presence, rather than being eternally separated from God. This faith should then result in those who confess it seeking to progressively become more and more like Christ in obedience to God and His commandments, and in love and service to others, throughout their earthly lives -- even to the point (if necessary) of laying down their lives rather than denying their faith. This mindset and conduct are also a form of confession, in that they are the visible (even if often silent) evidence of the person's beliefs. Finally, there is the verbal confessing of one's faith, and the active sharing of it with others, so that they also may be saved. Jesus told His followers to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). Peter advised Christians to always be ready to give an answer to anyone who might ask them the reason for the hope that they have (1 Peter 3:15) -- which would, in turn, have been prompted by the Christian's conduct and words being markedly different (in a positive and joyful way) from those who do not yet have faith in Christ.
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