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.
There are certain things we must do to have God's will, and all of His benefits manifest in our lives. The first and initial step of doing this is found in Romans 10:9-10.
Paul so eloquently described how we initiate salvation in these verses that Christians have used them to explain the born-again experience for nearly 2,000 years. However, when a verse becomes so familiar, people can lose the respect or the full understanding of it.
First, Paul penned that we must confess with our mouth, the Lord Jesus. Lord means Master, Director, and Supreme Authority. Many Christians want Jesus to save them from hell, but they don’t want Him to be Lord, Master, and Supreme Authority of their life. Knowing about Jesus doesn’t cut it. Believing that Jesus exists is not what this verse is referring to.
Confessing the Lord Jesus is a verbal acknowledgment that He is Supreme Authority over decisions, actions, and every aspect of our lives.
Second, we must believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead. Salvation does not happen without acknowledgment of the resurrection. This refers to a heart acknowledgment that Jesus is alive; rather than believing that He did something amazing once, and that was it. Jesus still rules in Heaven; He is seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession on our behalf.
Confessing with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead is the starting point to receive all of the benefits God has for you.
Practical Application – Thank God for what He has done in you through the sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Remind yourself of the amazing benefits you have through Jesus' power and His blood.
Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:24