“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Earlier this month, we published an article discussing what it means to be a “real” Christian. Looking like Jesus, obeying Jesus, and depending on the Holy Spirit were the three aspects that the post focused on.
We did not advertise these key features as “magical” Christian distinctives, but we did position them as biblical signs of an authentic Christian life. Dale Partridge, Bible teacher and author of Real Christianity: How to Be Bold for Christ In a Culture of Darkness, seems to echo this sentiment.
In a statement describing the purpose for writing his latest book, Partridge says, “I did not write this to accuse the lukewarm, but to rouse the faithful. Real Christianity is a book for Christians looking to be more like Christ.”
Quoting from James 2:19, Partridge comments that “Ultimately, salvation isn’t simply dependent on belief in Jesus’ existence. Jesus’ own brother, the Apostle James, knew this when he wrote, ‘Even the demons believe—and tremble.’”
Instead, he focuses on three things that a Christians’ salvation is dependent on:
“Together, these three postures create the bedrock for divine relationship,” Partridge concludes.
Partridge’s three distinctives can be seen in today’s Bible Quote. To “confess with your mouth“ is not unlike admitting to a crime or something you may be embarrassed by. A person typically owns up to an action or belief once they proclaim it verbally—it becomes real and authentic.
Although the word confess usually accompanies feelings of guilt or shame, using it in reference to outwardly claiming belief in Jesus Christ is an admittance that you are, in fact, not ashamed of what He has done for you. It’s a proclamation of “Yes, I am guilty in holding to the truth that Jesus is the Christ.”
Romans 10:9 also emphasizes a belief “in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.” A person cannot confirm the resurrection of Jesus Christ without also believing that He lived a sinless life, died for our sins, and was buried. It’s a package deal.
The phrase “in your heart” isn’t literal. Your heart is a physical organ that pumps blood to keep you alive. It cannot make cognitive decisions. To believe “in your heart” means that you place your identity and trust in Christ’s actions, not just that they historically occurred.
Perhaps you have been in church your entire life. It’s something that you and your family went to together before you enjoyed a weekly meal. It was purely a habit or a ritual that you participated in. You had no problem with what the preacher taught, but you had never made it your own.
The best way to apply today’s Bible Quote is to make it your own testimony. Don’t just mimic the demons by merely believing in the existence of Jesus. Place your faith in what He has done on your behalf so that you could have eternal salvation.
Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved.” How about it? Are you ready to receive the salvation that Jesus offers you today?