BRUCE MCGEE MINISTRIES
Greeting members as they left that Easter Sunday, the pastor
saw a man he had not seen since Christmas.
He said, "Jim, I see you coming at Christmas and on
Easter, but you aren't serving God the rest of the time.
Jim said, "Well, pastor, I'm in the secret service!"
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
LIGHT from the WORD.
Listen closely now!
Salvation believing in the heart,
then, confessing with the mouth through living!
In order to confess that something is true,
one must first believe it to be true.
Then, in order to prove belief of a truth, it must be confessed!
When a person truly believes Jesus, they will openly confess
that belief, and strive to live pleasing Christ.
This happens because:
Paul is not saying the same as some namby-pamby preachers,
"just accept Jesus in your heart and you'll be saved."!!!!
Paul is emphatically stating that when one genuinely believes
Christ is LORD, that person will seek to LIVE as proof of that truth!!
Believing only in the heart that Jesus came for salvation,
causes man to WANT to be righteous.
But an openly confessing life of that truth shows Jesus is IN that life!!
Too bad God has lots of "secret-service" believers!
Unless one is LIVING for Christ, one hasn't genuinely believed!