We need to see how the right use of our tongue links us in a very special way to Jesus Christ as our High Priest. The high priesthood of Jesus is an eternal ministry that goes on continually in heaven. After He had dealt with our sins, died, risen again, and ascended into heaven, He entered into a ministry as our High Priest forever, always representing us in God's presence. He is our High Priest on the condition that we make the right confession with our tongues.
This is what the writer of Hebrews says:
“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.” (Hebrews 3:1 NAS)
Note that last phrase. Jesus is the High Priest of our confession. It is our confession that links us to Jesus as High Priest. If we merely believe, but make no confession, then His high priesthood cannot operate on our behalf. It is on the basis of our spoken confession, not of our unspoken faith, that Jesus operates in heaven as our High Priest.
It is tremendously important that we make and maintain the right confession. The word 'confession' means, literally, 'to say the same thing as'. In this usage, confession is saying the same thing with our mouth as God says in the Scripture. It is making the words of our mouth agree with the Word of God in the Scripture.
When we make the words of our mouths agree in faith with what God says in the Bible, then that enables Jesus to exercise His high priestly ministry as our representative in the presence of God. If we make the wrong confession, we frustrate His ministry. It depends on our making the right confession. It is our confession that links us to Jesus as our High Priest.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your precious Word, which is forever steadfast, unbreakable and unshakeable. Please help me to always have the right confession. I agree with Your Word, Lord, and I choose to use my mouth and tongue 'to say the same thing as' written in Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.