Romans 10:9,10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
In the book of Romans, Paul the Apostle makes a lot of spiritual truth very clear. He talks much about salvation in the book, and reveals why Christ is the key to our salvation.
The two verses for our text today reveal a short summary of that salvation that God so freely offers to us. You will probably notice how very simple it really is. Some church groups make it much more complex – but that is distorting the truth of God’s Word.
The first word is the one that some religious groups distort so badly. It is the word “confess,” and it simply means “to admit.” This confession is not to be made to men (no matter what their title or position is), but is made directly to God in prayer. The Bible tells us that: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Ti 2:5).
- A New Lord
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.”
What this first part of the verse is saying is that you must admit that Jesus Christ is Lord to you, or, your new Boss. Before that time, you were simply your own boss – not God, and that is what sin is in its raw form. Now that you recognize your need of His salvation and forgiveness, salvation can occur by changing bosses of your life!
- A New Belief
“and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead.”
This part is just as important as the confession. In addition to recognizing Christ as Lord, you also need to recognize that God put His Son to death for your sins. He did it because there was no other way of salvation. Afterwards, God raised Him from the dead to give us assurance of two things:
- That Jesus was indeed the Son of God.
- That our sins were truly paid for. If they weren’t, Jesus would still be paying for them.
Note that belief is necessary for salvation. A baby does not believe anything. This kind of Bible belief can only take place after understanding what Jesus did for us on the Cross. It must be a voluntary belief, or faith.
- A New and Complete Salvation
The verse states that after you have confessed that you will now serve Christ, and that you understand He died for you, then you are saved. Please note this is not just my interpretation – read it again for yourself. It is not me, a man, saying you are saved, but God Who wrote these verses.
Notice also that the verse states that “thou shalt be saved.” That is pretty clear. Not maybe will be saved; or can hope to be saved, but you shall be saved. This also implies you cannot lose it, like some falsely say. Eternal life can be yours because of what Christ did for you.
The second verse, verse 10, repeats it, so that the reader can be sure to understand what is being said. Belief and confession will save you today, if you call on Him in prayer – from right where you are now.
I’d like to hear from some of you today. If you are saved and reading this, why not let me know by making a comment. Comments are hidden, so no one will see it but me.