by Pastor Lee Hemen
April 8, 2008
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God 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. (Romans 10:9-10)
We watch the courtroom drama unfold and the prosecuting attorney boldly steps toward the defendant and declares, “You did it, confess!” We find two lovers sitting on the front porch of the young lady’s house, overcome with passion the young man confesses, “I love you!” Which usage of the word “confess” is best definition for the word Paul uses in Romans? Perhaps both.
We confess that we are guilty of the sin that only Jesus can cure and we are to confess our absolute love for Him as our Savior and Lord. But here it is also the intent. It has to come from a person’s “heart.” The heart meant what made up the entire person: the will, the soul, the mind, and the spirit. All that is you and all that makes you who you are must be willing to openly “confess” your utter faith and trust in Jesus’ resurrection.
What do you “confess” today? Do you completely trust Jesus and the power He displayed in the resurrection? Are yo willing to completely without reservation place your faith in the only One who ever raised Himself from the grave?
They say, “Confession is good for the soul,” and here it certainly is. This confession is where you cast aside any doubt, fear, or hesitation and willingly give your all to Him who was able to raise Himself from the grave: “For it is with your heart that you [truly] believe and are justified [made right with God], and it is with your mouth that you confess [willingness to say it out loud] and are saved!” Are you willing?
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