Confess and Believe or More?

9…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. ” Romans 10:9

Is it enough to confess and believe?  There are many who single out and claim Romans 10:9.  They have professed out loud that Jesus is Lord and even believe that God raised Him from the dead.  They depend their salvation on their confession and belief alone, but is this truly enough to be saved?  Ironically, the demons, with more history, experience, and awareness than us, also believe and have confessed that Jesus is Lord and that He was raised from the dead, but they are obviously not saved…

  • 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!”  James 2:20
  • 28And when [Jesus] came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 And behold, they cried out [to Jesus], “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?””  Matthew 8: 28-29

So, what makes a believing, professing Christian different then the believing, professing demon?  There is one major difference between a true, believing Christian and a believing demon…  It is repentance & faith.

  • Repentance definition:  the action of repenting; sincere regret or remorse: “each person who turns to God in genuine repentance and faith will be saved”
  • Faith definition: complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Demons are incapable of repenting and putting their faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins.  And, unfortunately, many people, though capable, are unwilling to admit their sins and repent of them.  Without repentance and faith, there can be no forgiveness, and so while a person may state that Jesus is Lord and believe that He is raised from the dead, without the combination of repentance and faith, his words and belief alone cannot save him, just as the demons are not saved by their words and belief.
  • “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ”  Acts 2:38

75 times in the Bible, there is a reference to the importance of repentance.  Here’s just a few from the New Testament calling us to repentance along with our belief and faith in Jesus…

  • 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.”  Luke 24:47-48
  • “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ”  Acts 2:38
  • 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.”  Mark 6:12
  • Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.””  Luke 3:8-9
  • “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.””  Luke 5:32
  • No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.””  Luke 13:5
  • 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 .”  Luke 24:46-48
  • 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,”  Acts 3:19-20
  • 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.””  Acts 8:21-23
  • 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.””  Acts 17:30-31
  • 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Acts 20:21
  • Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”  Romans 2:4-5
  • 21 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.”  2 Chor 12:21
  • “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9
  • “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”  Rev 2:5
  • “Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.”  Rev 2:16
  • “Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.”  Rev 3:3
  • “7 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.”  Romans 3:21-31

Father God, help us to remain humble enough to admit our sins and wrong doings and help us to turn from them and walk towards you instead.  Never let us become proud or boastful or desensitized to our sins.  Bring awareness, conviction, admittance, and dependence on you to forgive those sins.  We never want to take for granted our belief and confession alone.  Thank you, Lord, for your willingness to forgive all of our sins as we bring them to you.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.