The Lord performed a great miracle when He opened the eyes of two blind men. He tested their faith by asking them if they believed He could do this. They answered, “Yea, Lord.” He had said that His miracle would be according to their confidence in Him. And since they were healed they obviously really did believe He could heal them. But after opening their eyes, He gave them a test that they failed. He asked them not to tell anyone that they had been healed. Can you imagine people not wondering about these two men? They were once blind, but now they could see. Wouldn’t it be obvious to those who knew them that something really great had happened? Wouldn’t their friends, relatives, and acquaintances want to know how they were now able to see? Were they going to be able to fulfill the Lord’s command: “See that no man know it”? I don’t think so!
When we are saved, we have our spiritual eyes opened to the truth that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). We understand and trust in the truth that God demonstrates His great love to us in that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). We find that as sinners we are saved simply by taking God at His Word, and by believing Him without any reservations (Acts 8:37). Like the two blind men, we too should have a hard time keeping that to ourselves.
Nicodemus was likely saved in John 3, but he didn’t publicly proclaim his confidence in the Lord until he helped Joseph of Arimathea bury Him (Jn. 19:39-40). So we can be saved and not confess that publicly. But Nicodemus did confess Him when the time was right, and so will we. Romans 10:9 says that if we confess the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. Many think it’s the confession that saves, but it is really our faith in Christ that saves. Romans 10:11 seems to make it clear that confession is unto the salvation that faith in Christ has already provided: “For the Scripture saith, ‘Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.’” Even if that is not perfectly clear from these verses, it should be obvious that we cannot confess to that which we have not believed – to something that we do not have. So confession does not save, but how can the saved keep from confessing?
I personally believe that the Lord was trying to make a point by asking these two who had been healed to do something He knew that they could not do. If we are not confessing the Lord, perhaps our spiritual healing has not brought about any visible change that others might notice. But if we are asked about why we are different or happy, it should be very difficult for us not to give the enthusiastic response that the Lord loves us, has died for us, and that through faith in His name we are saved for eternity.
Confession does not save, but it should be the normal response of those who are saved. It is evidence that we are saved (1 Jn. 4:15). We should find it hard not to tell others of the great work that Christ has done for us. The best way for the Lord to be made known to and received by others is for us to confess Him before men. We can do this by being baptized after we are saved. We can also do this by remembering the Lord when the church gathers together to break bread (1 Cor. 11:23-26). Finally we can do this daily by not hiding what the Lord has done for us when we are asked for a reason of the hope that is in us (1 Pet. 3:15).
By Bruce Collins
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org