|Romans 10:8-9 |
8 But what did it say? "The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so you may hear and obey it];" that is, the word of faith, which we preach.1 [This quotes Deu 30:14, "But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it." The Apostles preached that the Lord speaks with words from within your heart, to be heard, believed, and then obeyed in faith; thus the word of faith. The Apostles preached that faith comes by hearing the word in your heart, Rom 10:17. Whoever comes to Him to listen to His spoken words, (from within your heart), and then obeys them, builds their faith on solid rock. Luke 6:47. You come to Him by sitting in humble silence, waiting on Him, as you listen for His spoken words and watch for His revelations.]
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.]
1 The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so that you may obey it]; that is, the word of faith, which we preach. Paul is quoting from the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 30:10-14, to clearly explain exactly what and where is the word:
When you listen to and heed the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this book of the law, and when you return to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deu 30:10
[Where is this voice of the LORD your God to be heard? Where is God to be turned to with all our heart and soul? In verse 14 below he answers: "the word," (who is God, John 1:1), "is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it."]
For this command which I command you this day is not hidden from you, nor is it far off. Deu 30:11
It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?' Deu 30:12
Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?' Deu 30:13
But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it. Deu 30:14
Paul emphasized the above Old Testament verses when he wrote in Romans: "But what did it say? 'The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so you may hear and obey it];'that is the word of faith, which we preach." Rom 10:6-8. The word of God is the name of Christ; and faith in "that is the word of faith, which we preach," is to have faith that the words you hear from within your heart, (teaching, counseling, and commanding you), are from the Spirit of God — and therefore you obey and practice what you have heard. For as Paul writes in Rom 10:17, "then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God," which word is in your heart to be heard, believed and obeyed. From the Word of the Lord within: "Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey."
And when you hear the Lord speaking to you, teaching you, encouraging you, correcting you — then your faith begins to grow exponentially. John confirms the word of God within a man: "I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you," 1 John 2:14. How are you supposed to hear Christ speaking to you?—by exposing yourself to His spoken commands. How do you expose yourself to His commands?—to persistently and patiently sit in humble silence as you wait on Him by listening for His words and watching for the visions of His word.
*Notice THE COLOSSAL MISTAKE! The Jews were told in Deu 30:10, in order to keep his written commandments and statutes in this book of law, they must listen to and heed the voice of the Lord. Studying the book, (bible), is not enough; you must listen and heed the voice of the Lord. Although the Jews heard their priests read the scriptures every Sabbath day, it was not enough for His word to be implanted in their hearts; they didn't really understand the scriptures, which they so diligently studied in hope of finding eternal life; and without the Lord teaching them the scriptures' true meaning, they then persecuted Jesus and his Apostles — all because the Jews had only studied scriptures instead of doing their best to listen to and heed the voice of the Lord. Thus the vast majority of Jews never had their evil heart to be circumcised by the Spirit so that they could love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and might; so they could love their neighbor as themselves; so they could see His form and hear His voice; and so that they would not die while still sinning. Those abilities do not come by the will of man trying; those abilities only come by God circumcising your heart, which results by your persistent and patient listening to and heeding the voice of the Lord — then the love of God is perfected in your heart.
Today Christianity is making the exact, same, colossal mistake, studying the scriptures instead of what the New Testament also clearly states is the number one priority and the only one thing necessary:
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness... Matthew 6:33. (the number 1 priority)
And He told us how to seek Him, the one thing we needed to do:
There is only one thing needed and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her..Mary sat at Jesus' feet and heard his [spoken] words. Luke 10:39,42 (the only one thing needed)
Jesus also said:
Surely he loves the people; all your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words. Deu 33:3
From the Word of the Lord within:
Those words we hear him speak to us are engrafted into your heart, James 1:21;
and those words we hear him speak to us are Spirit and impart the life of God to us, John 6:63;
which life of God is Christ, John 1:5, 14:6, so that Christ is formed within you, Gal 4:19.
Until finally Christ is fully formed and actually resurrected in you. 2 Cor 4:14,Col 2:11-12,3:1,Eph 2:5-6,Gal 2:20,Rom 8:11
You then see Christ, the glory of God, appear in your heart and witness him bringing your salvation and eternal life.
The Pentecostal "word of faith" movement radically twists the word of faith in your heart to be having faith in the Bible. They preach that if one believes the Bible, (what they call the Word of God), and confesses it, then the believer shall receive what they confess; they call it "standing on the word of faith," and use it to preach their gospel of financial prosperity, which is nothing but covetousness. The same leadership of the "word of faith" movement conducts services featuring drunkenness, revelry, screaming, shouting, foolishness, collapsing, twitching, jerking, and uncontrolled laughter — all of which evidence fruits of the flesh and are the opposite of self-control, peace, and gentleness, which are the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Regarding false prophets, Jesus told us: "you will know them by their fruits;" do not be misled.