By: Robert Serreyn
Question? I have read and seen many tracts using Romans 10:9,& 10 for salvation is this scriptural?
(Rom 10:9, & 10) V9- 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. V10- For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
SADLY These verses have been completely TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT and MISUSED. These verses have been FALSELY TAUGHT that a person must confess (usually) publicly in front of a church Christ as savior in order to be saved. There are also other churches that use these verses to say that a person must confess their sins for salvation.
The Problem with using Romans 10:9, & 10 for salvation is that these verses apply to the Nation of Israel, If you read the first eight verses of Chapter Ten this would be apparent to that statement.
we are never told to confess ANYTHING as a condition to be saved. only toetcLIEVE – Acts 16:31, John 3:16, etc
A break down of V9:
“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.”
1. If Thou = Nation of Israel
2. Confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus:
To give testimony that Jesus Is God in the flesh. and Raised from the dead.
Confess (give testimony) to that belief to their lost fellow Jews
Now Lets examine V10:
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.
1: For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness:
Salvation in God’s eyes – 2 Corinthians 5:21
The Heart is the Greek word KARDIA and it refers to a persons Mind or Intellect.
2. with the mouth confession is made unto salvation:
Salvation in Man’s eyes – Giving witness of what has ALREADY taken place.
It was God’s plan to use the Nation of Israel to share the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) to the rest of the world but when they rejected Christ as their Messiah John 1:11, God then went to the Gentiles to declare the gospel to the whole world – Mark 16:15.
(1 Corinthians 15:1 – 4) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (2) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
(John 1:11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
(Mark 16:15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH
FOR A EXCELLENT DETAILED EXAMINATION OF ROMANS 10:9 & 10 READ THE BOOK TITLED ROMAN CHAPTER 10:9 & 10 BY: DR. MAX YOUNCE OF WWW.heritagebbc.com