Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Salvation - Part Six
Romans 10:9-10 says, "That 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. For it is with our heart that we believe and are justified; and it is with our mouth that we confess and are saved."
According to this verse, there are two elements that assure our salvation:
1. Confession with our mouth (that means oral or vocal affirmation) that Jesus is Lord.
2. Believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead.
For us to have the born again experience in our lives, we must orally say the prayer of acceptance that we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
This we do to proclaim to the heavenly realms where our true allegiance is. To orally proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is to disown the lord of this world- the devil.
Failure to do this means we are tacitly proclaiming that we owe our allegiance to the lord of this world by default.
Orally reciting the prayer of acceptance will be meaningless if this is not accompanied by a sincere repentance in our hearts and the strong faith in the promise of eternal life by the Lord as evidenced by His resurrection from the dead.
Without these two elements, there can be no genuine born again experience wherein the Holy Spirit will overshadow us and enliven our long dead and dormant spirit, to be awakened to the glorious realities of God's wonderful plans for us that includes enjoying eternal life with Him.
"Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved- you and your household." (Acts 16:31)
"ALL WHO CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."
I Give You My Heart - Hillsong