The Public Invitation - Part Four
By Dr. Max D. Younce
Do I have to come to the front of the church and confess Christ to be saved? (Part #4 continued in Examining Romans 10:9,10).
Romans 10:10 states,
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
The first part of the verse, “...with the heart man believeth unto righteousness...” is our justification before God. The righteousness spoken of here is Christ’s righteousness placed to our account with our sins (past, present, and future) placed to His account. Paid for by His death and resurrection.
II Corinthians 5:21 explains,
“For he hath made him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in him (Christ).”
Therefore I am,
“...found in him (Christ), not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” (Philippians 3:9).
This is our salvation, our everlasting life, our position in Heaven, and our justification in God’s eyes.
Now, the last part of Verse 10. “...With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Notice the word “MADE”. It is the Greek word “homologeo,” and is defined by Strong’s Concordance as “Acknowledgment by confession in the attitude of giving thanks.”
In Romans 10a we are saved and justified in God’s eyes. Now, in Verse 10b, we are giving thanks and confessing our faith to someone else. Our mouth confession is made unto salvation in the eyes of the one I am witnessing to. You can’t confess to something you don’t already have.
The summary of Verse 10, literally explained, is this: I believe that Jesus Christ died for me and I am so grateful that I am going to Heaven on His (Christ’s) righteousness and my sins were completely paid for on Calvary. I confess to others because I want them to know they can have a home in Heaven the same way I can. This is our practical justification in man’s eyes, to which the last part of Romans 10 has reference.
Romans 10:10 has nothing to do with the coming to the front of the church.
Next week, in Part 5, we will continue in Romans, chapter 10 and verses 13 and 14