Osborne: confession defined

Christianity is called the “confession,” according to Hebrews, chapter three. The Greek word, which has been translated profession in the King James Version, is rendered “confession” in other cases; and the word profession in Hebrews 3:1 is “confession” or “acknowledgment” in the original.
The two words are closely related, yet the difference is important. The Greek word from which the word “confession” is translated actually means, “saying the same thing.” It means, “saying what God says.” It means to agree with God in your testimony: saying what God says in His word about your sins, your sicknesses, your apparent failures, your health, your salvation, your victories, or about anything else in your life. In other words, testify to – or acknowledge what God says. Confession in Trial For example: Sickness is pressing to overthrow your health. Symptoms of some disease are beginning to appear. Satan is desiring to destroy your health and to render your life ineffective in Christian service.
But God has made provision for your health. He has made a covenant of healing with you. He has promised, You shall serve the Lord your God, and (He) will take sickness away from the midst of you because He promised, I am the Lord who heals you. God’s word says He heals all your diseases.
Jesus Christ has redeemed you from your diseases, because Himself took your infirmities, and bore your sicknesses. Knowing all of this provides a basis for your faith. You know that Satan cannot lay a disease on your body, because Christ has already home your diseases for you.
Therefore, you resist Satan and his lying symptoms of disease. You do not fear them. You know that your redemption is a fact. You know that your diseases were laid on the body of Christ and that He has borne them for you. You have no fear. You boldly and firmly rebuke Satan, your adversary, with the word of God, in the name of Jesus Christ who died to set you free. You take a firm stand.