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Memorization Scripture – Romans 10:9

by on May 17, 2012

The following is compiled by Helen Westberg

Romans 10:9  That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

Precious, simple, and positive assertion!  Speak with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is the risen Lord, and you will be saved.  Oral confession declares, confirms, and seals the belief in the heart.  Believe and preach the Word of God.  Faith comes through hearing, and salvation comes through faith.

This is the most foundational lesson in the importance and power of faith’s confession found anywhere in the Bible.  The principle is established at the very beginning of our life in Christ.  Just as salvation is appropriate by heart belief and spoken confession, so His continuing working in our lives is advanced by the same means.  Beginning in this spirit of saving faith, let us grow in active faith – believing in God’s mighty power for all our needs, speaking with our lips what our hearts receive and believe of the many promises in His Word.  Saving faith consists of three elements:

  1. mental:  the mind understands the gospel and the truth about Christ;
  2. emotional:  one embraces the truthfulness of those facts with sorrow over sin and joy over God’s mercy and grace;
  3. volitional:  the sinner submits his will to Christ and trusts in Him alone as the only hope of salvation.

True faith is not a single event, but a way of life – it endures.  That endurance is called the perseverance of the saints.  One central theme of the story of Job is that no matter what Satan does, saving faith cannot be destroyed.

We are saved only through our faith in Jesus, not our adherence to the Law.  We who put our faith in Jesus are made righteous and will receive eternal life.  By grace we are saved through faith.  The faith of the heart must be openly confessed.  This is a test of the faith.  Unless Christ had provided such tests as confession and obedience we could not know whether ours was really a belief of the heart.  That our faith moves us to confession is to us an assurance of salvation.  Christ’s Resurrection was the supreme validation of His ministry.  Belief in it is necessary for salvation because it proved that Christ is who He claimed to be and that the Father had accepted His sacrifice in the place of sinners.  Without the Resurrection, there is no salvation.

The love and grace of God are not concealed as hidden mysteries might be.  There is no need to undertake a long and dangerous journey, like that which brought the eastern Magi to the manger bed in Bethlehem.  The Word of God, which is another name for our Lord, is close to us all.  We have only to lift the heart to Him in simple faith, and confess Him as our Savior and Lord, and we are assured of salvation from the penalty and power of sin.

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