Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” We often, either purposely or subconsciously, modify the scripture to read, “If you confess with your mouth…then you will be saved.” But followers of Jesus believe and confess that Jesus is Lord, which means, owner and master. It’s a title of honor, respect, and reverence for God. To confess that Jesus is Lord is to pledge our allegiance to him. To confess is to believe. To confess is to voice agreement with our convictions. To believe is to commit and follow through – to confess and to live out that confession. Jesus gives us an example of what it looks like to live out that confession and belief in John 13:1-17 when he dresses himself as a servant and stoops to wash his disciples’ feet. After he has washed them, he says, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:14-15). If we confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God has raised him from the dead, then we will be saved – healed, preserved, rescued. What is competing for our allegiance? What would it mean to pledge our allegiance to Christ?
- Romans 10:9 - 9
- John 13:1 - 17