“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Romans 10:9-11
There are so many wonderful verses in the book of Romans that we often overlook Romans 10:9-11 while focusing on the more well known verses of Romans Chapter three through eight. However, these three verses in Romans 10 pack a wealth of knowledge as well as encouragement and comfort for followers of Jesus.
The trio of verses begins by focusing on the confessed word of God and then combining it with belief. But the belief is based upon one very concrete teaching. Our confession or proclamation of the gospel is focused upon our heartfelt belief that God raised Jesus from the grave. When people say, “What is it that I am suppose to believe in as a Christian?” this is the answer—the resurrection of Christ.
Notice the verses say we are to confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the grave. Then the concepts are repeated in another form. We confess that salvation is made and believe in our hearts “unto righteousness.” Paul then sums up his statement by simply stating, “Whosoever believes on Him shall not be ashamed,” or even more simply put, “for with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
In Romans 10:9-11 we have the core of the gospel message. We confess the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the grave. Anyone who believes in this will never be ashamed.
The other night in our Bible study group we were looking at the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8. We noticed that the Ethiopian was reading from Isaiah 53 but was a bit confused about whom Isaiah was talking about, whether it was Isaiah himself or someone else (Acts 8:34).
Philip then “opened his mouth” and “beginning with this scripture he told the good news of Jesus.” (Acts 8:35) Notice Romans 10:9 states the same thing, “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord,” Revised Standard Version. The gospel is to be proclaimed through Christians and the gospel revolves around our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father resurrecting Him from the grave.
The story of the Ethiopian eunuch is paralleled with the story of Jesus walking with the two men on the road to Emmaus. In fact if you take the time to compare the stories you will find at least six significant parallels in the story. One of those parallels is what Jesus taught the two men, “And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. “ Luke 24:27
Philip and Jesus both proclaimed the core of Christianity and that is Jesus. There is an interesting verse in Hebrews 11:6 that gives us two more aspects of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Verse 6)
If we take Romans 10:9-11 and Hebrews 11:6 and look at them together we start to unfold a beautiful picture of what encompasses Christian belief. We confess Jesus as Lord of our lives and even though the authorities crucified Him He rose again from the grave. We must have faith in Jesus sacrifice and saving grace and know within our hearts that He exists. Lastly, those who believe and seek Him will be rewarded and will never be ashamed.
Too many of us believe that we have to be good for God to love us and accept us. I have a friend who sent me a reminder of the following text and I want to share it with you and hope you remember it all the days of your life. “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 This of course is talking of the new covenant that is written on the heart.
God says that He will be merciful to our sins and remember them no more. Does that sound like God is demanding that we are good before He accepts us? “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 tells us God loves us long before we are good. And the truth is we will never be good enough to earn God’s love and that is the marvel of the Gospel.
Put your trust in the simplicity of the Gospel and let the love of God flow through you and great things will happen spiritually in your heart and mind. We must stop trying to please God and instead accept the reality of grace, undeserving grace that sets our hearts a fire with the warmth of God’s unconditional love.
Whoever believes on Jesus and His everlasting love will never be ashamed or rejected. Instead our sins are forgiven and forgotten and we stand justified before the God of the Universe who loves us with a never-ending compassion and love.
Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.