Jesus and His ministry are a blessing, in every way, for those who live in alignment with Romans 10:8-11.
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
This “will be saved” is the overarching concept for all of the tremendous effects Jesus has in the lives of those who confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead.
The word concept for “will be saved” in this passage is among the most important in all of Christian experience.
- This word concept is used for deliverance from disease or the influence of demons. Matthew 9:21, 22, Mark 3:4, Mark 5: 23, 28, 34, Mark 6:56, Mark 10:52, Luke 6:9, Luke 8:36, 48, 50, Luke 17:19, Luke 18:42, John 11:12
- Additionally, this word concept depicts God’s saving actions from physical danger or death. Matthew 8:25, Matthew 14:30, Matthew 16:25, Matthew 27:40, 42, 49, Mark 8:35, Mark 15:30, 31, Luke 9:24, 56, Luke 23:35, 37, 39, John 12:27
- Third, this word concept depicts God’s saving actions from spiritual danger or death. Matthew 1:21, Matthew 10:22, Matthew 19:25, Matthew 24:13, 22, Mark 8:35, Mark 10:26, Mark 13:13, 20, Mark 16:16, Luke 7:50, Luke 8:12, Luke 9:24, Luke 13:23, Luke 18:26, Luke 19:10, John 3:17, John 5:34, John 10:9, John 12:47
Although God’s saving, healing and delivering are depicted uniformly, there are two additional facets within this overarching word concept for God’s gracious actions in our lives.
God saves, heals and delivers with the nuance of being the Divine Therapist.
God also saves, heals and delivers with the release of His immediate miraculous power.
These three “word concepts” are all very similar yet with hints of differences. In the end, the experiences are the same.
We are saved, healed, delivered and made whole by the saving ministry of Jesus.
Today’s text boldly reveals, salvation, healing, deliverance and being made whole are the experience of the person who:
- Believes in their heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.
- Confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord.
Notice the priority in this passage upon “the word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”
From this passage we learn:
- It is in believing in our heart that we are justified, and
- It is in confessing with our mouth that we are saved (the entire saving, healing, delivering and made whole experience).
We can count on this 100%. Guaranteed.
11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11
Today, let’s believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths the Lordship of Jesus and His resurrection from the dead.