9 That 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. [The context of this verse is to believe the word in your heart and when ordered, to obediently speak the word in your mouth, which is the word of faith the Apostles preached, (Verse 8 above). And according to verse 17 below, that is true faith, to hear the word of God (Christ) in your heart, your belief resulting in your obedience to what you have heard. To confess Jesus to be your Lord, (if and when you are ordered to confess before men, Luke 12:8), is to speak what you are told to say;* because for him to be your Lord, you are totally controlled by Jesus' spoken words heard from within your heart; and when you were dead in your sins, you saw Jesus raised in your heart to be your ruling Lord and King, ordering your thoughts, words, and deeds. However, unless Jesus actually rules you, and he orders you to say "Jesus is Lord," saying that is of no value as many scriptures prove, (click to see).
To be saved from Hell when you die, you must experience salvation while still alive on earth, which means to be freed, cleansed, purified, delivered, purged from all sins, even the desire to sin. However, many of the millions of blind guides in Christianity, themselves still sinning and so slaves to sin, taking this verse entirely out of context, teach that if you say aloud "Jesus is Lord" and believe he rose from the dead in Jerusalem, then you will be saved from Hell. From the Word of the Lord within: "They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved. There are millions of blind guide preachers. These people are far from me, living in sin and teaching others the inevitability of sin until death. They want to be sons; they recognize the scripture, 'he that is born of God has no sin,' but they blithely go on." With beginning belief, you are obviously not saved, (saved meaning to be delivered from all sins); but if you persist in obedient faith to the end, making every effort, you will be delivered from all sins, washed, cleansed, purified, perfected, sanctified, and made holy by the power of God working mightily in you.]
10 For with the heart, man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth, man confesses to salvation.2 [Your believing the words you hear in your heart, and obeying what he commands, leads to salvation and righteousness. Obedience leads to righteousness, Rom 6:16; we believe what the Spirit of Christ in our hearts speaks to us as we wait for the hope for righteousness, Gal 5:5. Salvation is to be delivered from all sin, to have been purified by the grace of God that separates man from sin. To confess salvation is to confess you have been freed from all sin and have witnessed Jesus being raised in your heart, bringing your salvation, which is eternal life in God; like Paul confessed: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20. Jesus does not want the testimony of men with their hearts still full of evil, as we all are, until we are cleansed by Him.
As John said: Little children, let no man deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7; Jesus only spoke, judged, and did as He was prompted and ordered by God; to practice righteousness we also must be able to only speak what we hear Him order us to say and only do what we are ordered to do by God. This ability only comes after we have crucified our selfish spirit, as sin has been destroyed by the Spirit through bearing the inward cross of self-denial; then we are walking the same way He walked and in the world as He was with perfection, purity, and holiness. Peter warned us about how easily Paul's letters were twisted by the wicked (those still sinning): There are some things in his letters that are hard to understand, which those who are unlearned and unstable wrest [twist] to their own destruction, as they also do the other scriptures. Therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also, being led away by the error of the wicked. 2 Pet 3:17-18. The wicked try to convince you that sin is overlooked and excused by your believing in Jesus, but the righteous plead with you that sin is not acceptable: Paul said, Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34. To believe in Jesus, is to believe what he commands you to do; that belief results in obedience which leads to righteousness and salvation.]
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the law.3 [Faith is not belief in Jesus based on the historical accuracy of the Bible; that is Bible faith. Faith is hearing the word of God, who is Jesus, from within your heart, for faith is the gift of God and is authored by revelation from Jesus Christ; faith within justifies; faith within purifies. Hearing Jesus speak to you once does not justify you; you must keep hearing and obeying until your sinful nature is crucified. We seek to be justified. Further, you are under the law, (the inner law that includes the moral core of the Mosaic law), as schoolmaster until faith has come, Gal 3:25, Gal 5:18. Faith that frees from the law comes with the receipt of the fruit of the Spirit, against which is no law. Gal 5:22-23. You are free because you are walking in love, walking according to the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.
There is a huge difference between deeds of the law (sacrifices, circumcision, tithing, days, foods, etc.), vs. trying to comply with the moral core of the commandments, (don't steal, don't lie, don't murder, don't commit adultery, don't covet, love your neighbor, etc.). Deeds of the law are worthless, but turning from evil is still essential. Christendom incorrectly tells you that even the moral commandments, (which are included in the law on every man's heart), are void. Do you not know brothers, (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives ? Rom 7:1. Until you lose your life by crucifying your sinful nature, your carnal mind, and your evil spirit, you are still alive and still subject to the moral laws. Also Paul said in Gal 5:18, if (and when) you are led (prompted, ordered, commanded) by the Spirit, you are not under the law; until we are under total control of the Spirit of God, the inner law on the heart of every man, which includes the moral core of the Mosaic Law, is our schoolmaster, reminding us of our shortcomings and motivating us to go to God for change. Christendom would have you ignore the essential schoolmaster, which leads to the true, operational faith.
George Fox writes of when you are justified: "a believer that is justified is a new creature, is past from the death which came by sin, and comes to enter into His rest, where there is no sin. He who is the sanctification, is the justification, and so by their sanctification are they justified; it is one and the same, what sanctifies, justifies."]
24 But it was written for us also, to whom righteousness shall be imputed [credited],if we believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead;2
8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not by yourselves. It [faith] is the gift of God.4 [Faith is not belief in Jesus based on the historical accuracy of the Bible; faith is hearing the word of God from within your heart, for faith is the gift of God and is authored by revelation from Jesus Christ.]
|1 John 5:1 |
1 [In this chapter John carefully defines what are the qualifying experiences of a believer who is born of God, which are summarized here:
1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, and everyone who loves the father also loves him who is begotten of him.1