Confess with Your Mouth
Where does that come from?
Answer, Romans 10:9-10. We’re going to explain this below.
We have to understand one big thing. God has said in his word that he is not the author of confusion.
For us, that would mean that there is ONLY ONE WAY to be saved.
So many of the things churches are telling you seem to be easy and have an appearance of truth, especially if they can quote a scripture to justify their statement. You need to make absolutely certain that their statements are true according to what the Bible really means. Just because they are calling themselves a “Church” does not mean they are really telling the truth. Sadly many are not.
9 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.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
- first and foremost, these verses are written to” The Church”
- This is definitely not the Catholic Church because at this point in history it didn’t exist.
- The Catholic Church did not come into existence as we know it until around 600 AD and these verses were written well before then.
- The church at Rome at the time was a true acts 2:38 day of Pentecost church
- the two verses used are used out of context of a larger block of text in the letter.
- Being out of context causes us to lose the actual depth of the meaning of verses 9&10
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Now we look at the context of verses 9&10.
verses 1 through 4 tell us that Paul is obviously speaking about the difference between works generated righteousness, according to how the Jews saw it. The Jews were reluctant to believe that righteousness came only by grace. In a number of Paul’s letters to various churches he had to warn the new church members to be aware of what the Jews were doing and avoid their mistakes. The Letter to the Galatians spoke of another Gospel, which covered just this thinking, plus others..
When we get to verses 9&10 Paul explains that the confession (in this context) is to speak the same things as Jesus and believe them in your heart and you will be saved.
However if they were to follow the Jew’s way of doing things they would have been placing themselves under the Law, which would have destroyed their salvation, but because of what the Jews were doing they would have been attempting to be self righteous, which does not work.
Romans 10:9 &10 are not verses that will save you, but they are verses that will keep you out of trouble and keep you saved. It more a matter of where your heart is, and remains after salvation.
You have to understand that these verses were written to a Spirit Filled church and were intended to keep them saved, not to effect the initial salvation experience.
If your church does not begin their salvation message with Acts 2:38 are not following God’s plan of salvation, and they are not the “church” that began on the day of pentecost. If they do not follow this plan, then they have changed what God requires you to do, and God has not given them permission to do that.