Confess with Your Mouth

4th November, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I recently joined a Discipleship Group and together we are studying the Old Testament, learning practical skills, and memorizing scripture. Last week’s verses were familiar one to me, but as I took them apart word by word and thought about what I was memorizing, I saw the verses in a fresh way.

The verses for last week were Romans 10:9-10: “That if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

 Two things stuck out as I repeated the verses over and over. First, was the importance of confessing out loud to other people our belief in Jesus Christ.  The Bible never says that our faith is a private one that we can keep to ourselves and not talk about. No, the Christian faith involves confessing our belief in Jesus to people around us. To become a believer a person must engage his or her heart and believe what scripture says about Jesus, but the conversion is not complete until we also confess with our mouths our allegiance to our Lord.

That leads to the second insight. What are we to confess?  The apostle Paul says in these verses that we are to confess “Jesus is Lord.”  It’s interesting that he didn’t say that we must confess “Jesus is my Savior,” or ”I believe in Jesus.”  No, he wants us to confess that we recognize that being a Christian means turning our lives over to the Savior who died for us.  He is more than a Savior, as amazing as that is. Jesus must be our Lord as well.  We are not saved to punch our ticket to heaven and continue on living for ourselves. Instead, we are saved to a new life, a new allegiance, and a new mission.  We are saved to be ambassadors that proclaim His name to those around us and live under His authority and direction.

Can a person be saved without confessing that “Jesus is Lord” in her life?  My job is not to make judgments about a person’s spiritual  condition.  My job is to speak the truth as God has given it in scripture, and these verses are clear that confessing Jesus as Lord is crucial to being saved.

These verses are beautiful because God makes it so clear how to become His child.  These verses are beautiful also because they give us a purpose and direction in life, and we can be part of God’s wonderful business of building His kingdom here on the earth.

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