If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. – Romans 10:9-10
Confess Jesus Christ as Lord. As we have seen, coming to faith (believing in) Jesus Christ is necessary for eternal salvation. Additionally, Scripture teaches that verbalizing (i.e. speaking, confessing) Christ as your Lord and Savior is also necessary for salvation.
The steps of belief and confession are very intimately related and may be nearly simultaneous for you; but generally, you believe first, and then confess.
You will often do this initial confession at your baptism. Some of you will have done this at an “alter call” at the end of a church service where you are asked to come forward and give your life to Christ (although technically, that is not specifically instructed in Scripture); you also may have said the “Sinner’s Prayer” which also is not Scriptural.
However and whenever you do it, your confession of Christ should be genuine, real, and publicly vocalized. We cover the “Sinner’s Prayer” false teaching in the chapter on Wolves.
After you are born-again, and you go through life as a Christian, you will (hopefully) have many occasions to continue to verbalize and confess your faith in front of others, as testimonies to them, to also help them come to belief in Christ. Your testimony will (or it should) nearly always contain another confession of Christ; you will find that such confessions help to strengthen your own faith as much as they help others come to faith.
If you don’t want to confess Jesus publicly and verbally, then friend, your faith and belief is not real. There’s no way around this fact, and Scripture confirms this. If you are ashamed of Christ, He will be ashamed of you. If you confess Christ before men, He will confess you before the Father.
The Bible calls for us (who have been born-again) to have our “testimony” available to share with others; your testimony usually simply tells how you came to faith in Christ, and what may have led you to Christ, as well as any (general) information about your sinful life (e.g. addictions you faced, or whatever…) that may help others understand how it might apply to their life as well, and hopefully lead them to Christ also.
False Teaching(s) You Will Encounter:
- Universalism (i.e. any name, or any religion, even one you make up can save you to eternal life)
- Man can earn salvation through works (or even buy it with money, i.e. the deceptions of Popery)
- Saying the “sinner’s prayer” “saves” you forever to eternal life, no matter how you live your life thereafter (i.e. even if you don’t repent and lead a changed life, nor are obedient to Christ, nor prove your faith through works, nor persevere in faith unto death)
- Cults which deny the deity of Jesus Christ
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. – Romans 10:9-10
“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 10:32-33
“And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; – Luke 12:8
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:16-17
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. – 1 Peter 3:15
Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2:23
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. – 1 John 4:15
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.” – John 11:25-27
The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. – Acts 8:34-38
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11