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. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
This scripture is a wonderful promise to all people, everywhere, regardless of creed, class or upbringing. It is a promise to you and to me, that if we confess Jesus as Lord and believe in a miracle of God, we will be saved. As we have examined the subject of believing, we know that belief in the supernatural is a belief in the desire of God to have something supernatural happen to us: being freed from sin.
Confession that Jesus is Lord, is a proclamation of ownership, however it is not what we possess but whom He possesses. We will gladly use the provider and mercy-giver aspects of God, but what about our change in our master? When we confess and believe we are trading the taskmaster of sin and the flesh and death for the Lord of lords and King of kings. He will become our Lord, implying that He will tell us what to do, where to go and what to say. However, the Lord is not irresponsible, but will take good care of His sheep. Is He not called the Good Shepherd, but sheep must listen to their shepherd if they are to be always under his protective care.
Once the combination of the declaration of a change of allegiance is made and trust is placed in the miraculous resurrection of our Saviour, you are promised by God, that you are saved. It is tremendously simple and profound all at the same time. As far as your salvation from sin is concerned, this is all you need, but also you cannot add anything to it. It is belief, with accompanying confession, you could even say with a “work” of confession, that bring salvation to you. You could also say, it is belief only, without doing anything at all that will save you, but that belief will be of a type that leads to a change in your life and of course to a confession of the Lordship of Christ. Either way of describing this event, of a soul going from death to life, the result will be the same: a complete and total change of the inner person, of the heart of this individual.
If you have made a confession at one point in your life, or you go to church, but you live in condemnation, or you desire sin, please do as the Bible states:
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 2 Corinthians 13:5
If you, after a spiritual self-examination, find that Jesus is not really your Lord, but just a figurehead over your religion, or you are a captive to guilt and sin, you can repent. Call upon the Lord, and allow Him to be just that: Lord. Cast your hope into His well of abundant mercy and ask Him to change your heart. Confess this with your mouth, to friends, neighbors, relatives or strangers. Cry out to Him and believe.
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