Friday, April 20, 2012
Verse for Today - Romans 10:9-10 (click to read mini-blog)
"If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."
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These verses from Romans 10 are HUGE. They proclaim several of the key elements to true or saving faith. We don't find here a magic formula, which if we say or do it just right can change our relationship to God. No, we read here about what saving faith looks and sounds like.
It really just confirms the words that Jesus himself had taught. "From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." In Mark 7 where this verse is found, he is telling his listeners how uncleanness (or evil-ness) does not come from the outside and defile us... it actually arises from within us.
Well, Today's Verse shows that this works both ways. If the heart is renewed--born again, and now believes that God raised up the Lord Jesus, "the mouth" will proclaim its allegiance by saying "Jesus is Lord." It is in this way that you believe and are justified and profess with your mouth and are saved. PTL. :)
Have a great weekend.