If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
— Romans 10:9 —
Matthias Frohlich: European Bible Training Center | Germany
Have you ever asked yourself what to aim for in conversations with unbelievers? This verse provides us with a simple and clear understanding of the gospel. It gives a brief description how a sinner becomes right with God. Paul ties these two principles together throughout the whole passage: believing with the heart and confessing with the mouth. Why? It is not because of our effort, but because Christ completely paid the debt of our sin that we are saved. Because saving faith is not merely knowing and affirming theological truth about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ; rather, saving faith always acts upon what is believed. Saving faith that believes the substitutionary atonement and resurrection of Christ becomes visible when the sinner calls upon the name of the Lord to be saved (Rom. 10:13), and confesses Jesus as Lord. This unsophisticated proclamation is the means by which sinners are saved. In this truth, our own soul finds rest. It is not because of our effort, but because Christ completely paid the debt of our sin that we are saved. God attested to this by raising Christ from the dead. By calling him our Savior and Lord we belong to him. Christ is all we have, and Christ is all we need. This is the only message that saves people, no matter what language they speak, what color their skin, where they live, or what experience they have. Nothing may be added to this message, but it must not be diminished, either. This is the only message we must be committed to. This message has to reach the lost. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. And commit to supporting them with your physical and spiritual resources.