“Before it is proposition or oath of allegiance, the confession of the church is a cry of acknowledgement of the unstoppable miracle of God’s mercy.
Confession is the event in which the speech of the church is arrested, grasped and transfigured by the self-giving presence of God.
To confess is to cry out in acknowledgement of the sheer gratuity of what the gospel declares, that in and as the man Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s glory is the glory of His self-giving, His radiant generosity.
Very simply, to confess is to indicate ‘the glory of Christ’ (2 Cor. 8:23).”
–John Webster, “Confession and Confessions,” in Confessing God: Essays in Christian Dogmatics II (London: T&T Clark, 2005), 71.