‘Confession of Christ.’
With the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”—Rom. x. 10.
“Now there are two steps to salvation—the one is believe, and the other is confess. I believe a great many people get into trouble right in the middle of this verse. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10: 9)
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.” Now if a man really believes that in his heart, that’s the first thing, and confesses with his mouth, that’s the second thing, then he shall know that he is saved, and he shall not be ashamed. But if he hides it in his heart, if he’s afraid to let his neighbors know, then he will be ashamed. There’s too much of this superficial belief. We are moral cowards. ¹
We are to come out and take a bold stand for Christ. When a man really believes, and yet won’t make confession of Christ, that is a sign in itself that he is ashamed of Christ, that he is not willing to take up his cross and suffer reproach. He is not willing to become a disciple, for the disciple is not greater than his Lord; and if the disciple is ashamed of his Master, then it is not likely the Lord will accept him as a disciple.
‘No man can be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ without confession.’
There are two parties in this world, and a man can’t be on both sides. There are only two, though men think there are lots more, and Jesus tells us what they are. “He that is not with Me is against Me.” ¹ ² Which side are we on? Are we with Christ—or are we against Him? If we profess to be with Him, He claims our service. Has He got it?
Whose side are you on?
I am not going to ask what church you belong to. That’s not the point. There are plenty who profess to belong to the church, and whose names are on the church-roll, and who yet live and act and walk like the world; the fact is they’re on the world’s side half the time. I believe that of all the people you can meet with, these half-and-half Christians—these worldly Christians—are the most wretched.” The Old Gospel; By Dwight Lyman Moody; 1883.
“The self-condemned sinner need not perplex himself how this righteousness may be found. When we speak of looking upon Christ, and receiving, and feeding upon him, it is not Christ in heaven, nor Christ in the deep, that we mean; but Christ in the promise, Christ offered in the word.
‘Justification by faith in Christ is a plain doctrine.’
It is brought before the mind and heart of every one, thus leaving him without excuse for unbelief. If a man confessed faith in Jesus, as the Lord and Saviour of lost sinners, and really believed in his heart that God had raised him from the dead, thus showing that he had accepted the atonement, he should be saved by the righteousness of Christ, imputed to him through faith. But no faith is justifying which is not powerful in sanctifying the heart, and regulating all its affections by the love of Christ.
We must devote and give up to God our souls and our bodies: our souls in believing with the heart, and our bodies in confessing with the mouth. The believer shall never have cause to repent his confident trust in the Lord Jesus. Of such faith no sinner shall be ashamed before God; and he ought to glory in it before men.”—Matthew Henry
Memorizing This Verse: Romans 10: 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.
T I T S C W T M T L J, A S B I T H T G H R H F T D, T S B S !! A most important verse to memorize—as ALL Christians must be prepared (at anytime) to quote this scripture to the person who asks—What must I do…to be saved?