THE STUDY ON CHRISTIAN LIVING INTRODUCTION Notes taken from Moody Colportage booklet, “On Being a Real Christian”, by G. C. Weiss. Matt. 10:32,33, “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven”. Rom. 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. Is it possible to be a secret believer? (one that does not confess Christ openly) Yes, apparently for a short time. In John 19:38 Joseph of Arimathaea was a secret believer, but later openly confessed Christ in asking for the body of Jesus. It is impossible to remain a secret believer for Matt. 10:32,33 and Rom. 10:9 are essential. These are two parts to salvation: 1. Believing in the heart, which is receiving the Lord Jesus as Saviour. 2. Confessing with the mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. The penitent thief on the cross confessed Jesus as Lord Luke 23:42, “Lord remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom”. Paul on the Damascus road, Acts 9:5, “Who art Thou, Lord?” I Cor. 12:3, “...and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost”. I. THE NECESSITY OF CONFESSING CHRIST AUDIBLY 1. We must confess Christ audibly because Christ commanded it.