Though we usually call Peter’s confession “the good confession,” the Bible actually uses this phrase only for the confessions of Timothy and of Jesus himself (1 Tim 6:12–13). The content of Timothy’s confession is not given: “You made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (v. 12). Jesus is said to have “testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate” (v. 13). In John 18:33–37 we learn specifically what his “good confession” was: he acknowledged his kingship before Pilate’s court.
That Jesus confessed his kingship is significant in light of the fact that in the NT, following his death and resurrection, the principal confession is Christ’s lordship: “Jesus is Lord.” Thomas’s full confession before the risen Christ was “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). In Rom 10:9 the saving confession is that “Jesus is Lord” (NIV). The confession that distinguished Christians from pagans was “Jesus is Lord” (1 Cor 12:3). The confession every tongue will ultimately make is “Jesus is Lord” (Phil 2:11). See Acts 2:36; 10:36; 2 Cor 4:5.
 Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for all : Bible doctrine for today (357). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.
Published on Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 7:42 AM CDT