Confess to be Saved - Romans 10:9-13

If you have been in church for very long you may have learned the “Roman Road.” The Roman Road is a series of verses within the book of Romans that are used in sharing the Gospel. The verses are: Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10, and 10:13. Today, we are looking at the last two in the list; Romans 10:9-13.

We are all sinners. We all begin as enemies of God. However, because of God’s compassion and mercy He provided a way to take away our sin and to provide reconciliation and redemption. Romans 10 discusses how we receive this free gift. Receiving salvation includes confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord (v. 9a). This means that we admit and confess that the person of Jesus Christ is God Himself. In addition, aside from confessing who Jesus Christ is, you must believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead (v. 9b). Now, to believe something in your heart does not mean that you have “warm fuzzies” about the thought. Rather, to believe in your heart means to have faith. It is having faith that God the Father sent His Son to die for us and that He raised Him again to bring us salvation.

Now, this is more than a mere acknowledgment of fact. Even Satan knows the facts – He knows who Jesus is and that He came back to life, but Satan is not saved (e.g., Luke 4:34, 4:41, 8:28; Matt. 7:21). Confessing and believing go beyond knowing a fact; it is confessing and believing in faith.

Thoughts to Ponder
If you have not received salvation by faith (through confessing and believing Jesus Christ as risen Lord) then I urge you to do so. Talk to one of our pastors (Grant or Kyle) or another Christian. It is not unheard of to find people who have attended church all their lives who have never received God’s salvation. And if you have doubts about your salvation, please talk to our pastors.

If you have received salvation, I urge you to actively take part in the pastors’ challenge to “Choose Two.” This is the challenge to choose two (or more) people who are not Christians, and to actively pray for them. Who do you know who are not saved? Are you praying for them? Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict them and draw them to God. Pray, also, that God will give you wisdom in your interactions with them.