Daily Thoughts : March 28th
Rom 10:9 if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
In this verse Paul points out two things we need to do for salvation. They are speaking and believing, and both are absolutely essential for the blessing of eternal life to flow to us from heaven.
Let's take the ‘speaking' element first. The phrase ‘Jesus is Lord' is Paul's shorthand for us saying that we come in repentance and submission to Jesus as our Saviour and our Lord. Now thinking this is not enough. If this is a real heart thing in you, then you cannot but help speak it out. You will declare it, you will say it.
There is something special about speaking out your faith. It is the seal of what goes on inside you. It is, in fact, impossible to be a Christian without speaking out the truth. If you have genuinely repented and genuinely been born again, then you will naturally speak out the place you have come to. Genuine belief is expressed in words. We cannot say nothing. When the Spirit of God comes in, He testifies what has happened, He is there inside us, yearning to be a witness to the Father in heaven and His Son, Jesus, seated at His right hand.
The ‘believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead' is part of the ‘belief package'. We cannot believe that Jesus is the Son of God if we have not believed in his resurrection, which proves his divine Sonship, and without that we cannot believe that his death was in my place. Only if he is the Son of God is he ‘big enough' to take my sin and the resurrection proves that!
Believe it, speak it! Be sure about it as you read it in the Gospels and allow the Holy Spirit to witness the truth of it and the wonder of it to you so that you will be thrilled by it. That then becomes the fuel for the fire to burn within you that will them be expressed in the words, "Jesus is Lord! He is indeed Lord!"
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