A true confession of Jesus always goes through the cross and understands Jesus to be Lord and Christ (Anointed Savior). A confession of Jesus as Lord and Christ involves following Him as Lord and Christ. Since Christ’s mission went through a cross, so also will ours. As we turn away from our own ways and follow the ways of Christ, it will bring hardship (possible persecution, a war against our sin, difficulties as we are opposed by a sinful world), but ultimately the ways of Christ lead to life. Not only this, but a confession of Christ is found in His glory. Glory is the sum total of God’s magnificent greatness. Who God is and what God does radiates throughout the world. Just as we respond naturally in awe when we behold the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, so also our hearts our transformed as we behold the glory of God in Jesus Christ.

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