|Romans 10:9-10 |
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.]
2 The true meaning of Rom 10:9-10 has been twisted to prove the pretended salvation of Christendom, 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. For with the heart, man believes to righteousness, and with the mouth, man confesses to salvation. The blind guides of Christendom have totally misinterpreted this verse, teaching that if you say out loud "Jesus is Lord" and believe he rose from the dead in Jerusalem, then you will be saved; from the Word of the Lord within: "They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved." That is like believing that a few magic words spoken by you totally cancel the Bible's many warnings of exclusion, the requirements, and the qualifying conditions of salvation.
with the mouth confession is made to salvation. This is to acknowledge that you have experienced salvation; you have seen salvation appear in your heart; you have seen Christ bring your salvation. This does not mean you become saved, by saying you are saved; that is nothing but heathenish ritual to create the imaginary salvation of make-believe Christendom.
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out demons? And in your name done many wonderful works?'
And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who work iniquity' [sin, lawlessness, or wickedness]. Mat 7:21-23
This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Mark 7:6
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lack of restraint, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within a man and defile him. Mark 7:21-23
And in no way shall there enter into it [heaven] anything that is defiled...Rev 21:27
To experience salvation is to witness your purity, holiness, perfection, judgment, being freed from even the desire to sin, destruction of the residual man of sin within one by the brightness of his coming, seeing Jesus resurrected in your heart, seeing one's name written in the Book of Life, union with Christ and the Father, entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven, seeing the Glory of God, them also appearing in glory, fellowship with past saints made perfect, and fellowship with the Father and Christ — an unmistakable salvation, clearly seen, clearly felt, clearly understood. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself,’ 1 John 5:10-12. ‘and he who has the Son, has the Father’ — to see the Son and the Father reigning in their hearts — the union. To confess the Lord Jesus, is to confess like Paul confessed: It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20.
However, the translators did not have a clue what the real gospel was, to have Jesus resurrected in your heart, to be your controlling Lord, in union with the Lord; neither did they believe that being saved was to be freed and saved from even the lure of sins because they obviously were still sinning, never bothering to determine why their translation and doctrine was in total conflict with the Bible's many stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation.
Paul further shows that beginning belief and salvation do not occur simultaneously in his letters to believers in the churches.
And Peter echoes the same message that salvation is not just believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey and requires growth :
Unless the Lord truly controls your words and deeds, he is not your Lord. Unless you obey him, he is not your Lord.
If Jesus is your Lord, then you obey him; you seek his guidance, you seek his teachings, you seek his commands to you,
you come to him, you listen to him, and then you faithfully obey him.
Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people.
And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you. Jer 3:23
Even Adolph Hitler said Jesus his Lord and Savior, but that certainly did nothing for him.
Saying the words, 'Jesus is Lord,' is no indication of you being controlled by the Holy Spirit, or of your salvation.
Jesus said, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. Mark 7:6.
Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46-49.
Afterwards the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us to enter.' But he answered and said, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' Mat 25:11-12.
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Mat 7:21-23.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. They are a stubborn people; their hearts have waxed cold. They think to be saved by making a noise about being saved. They are a clueless, fruitless people. Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. By their evident display of sin, Christians cause my name to be blasphemed among the people. These people no longer represent me; they have caused great indignation."