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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
10:10 For with the heart - Not the understanding only. Man believeth to righteousness - So as to obtain justification. And with the mouth confession is made - So as to obtain final salvation. Confession here implies the whole of outward, as believing does the root of all inward, religion.
Ro 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness. Such a belief, the faith that saves, is a power over the life. It influences the actions and brings us into "the obedience of faith", in yielding to Christ, wherein is found pardon. With the mouth confession is man unto salvation. The faith of the heart must be openly confessed. This is a test of the faith. Unless Christ had provided such tests as confession and obedience we could not know whether ours was really a belief of the heart. That our faith moves us to confession is to us an assurance of salvation. The whole Christian life is a confession.
Samuel Aniewu's comment on 2013-09-15 12:17:02:
Here is a verse which teaches that twofold evidence of salvation. First, when God saves a person, they believe in their hearts, which is really in their spirit essence. They receive their resurrected souls at the moment of salvation. (Ezek 36:26 KJV) A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Secondly, a person who truly believes in their heart, will be unable to keep it to themselves and will become a verbal witness and tell others about the Lord. Jeremiah wanted to stop bringing the word of God to Judah but he could not because it was as a fire in his heart. (Jer 20:9 KJV) Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. The mouth confesses what the regenerated heart has believed.
GLENN's comment on 2013-09-09 09:26:09:
What is the signifigance of confessing audibly (with one's mouth) unto salvation as opposed to saying it in one's head? Might this imply that prayers should also be audible in order to be efficacious?
Ben Weaver's comment on 2011-01-07 20:04:48:
With the heart (that inner reserve where we keep our treasures), we rely on Jesus as our channel to a right standing with God, and with the mouth confession / profession (verbally stating a belief) unto salvation. Salvation from what? The following v. suggests - while believing on God, we will not be defeated / put to shame. This salvation from evil forces may be for now as we believe the Bibles promises and verbally declare that God's power through Jesus is our salvation from the enemy's attacks at us. The Bible's emphasis on the power of our words seems to be overlooked. James says, "If anyone dosn't stumble in words, this is a perfect man able also to bridle the whole body (Ch.3:v.2). Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov.18:21).
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