But the confession is also necessary to our own salvation. With the mouth confession is made unto salvation: our adversaries the papists make great use of this text, to prove that good works, as confession, &c., are the cause of salvation; whereas confession is required here, not as the cause, but as the means thereof. 10 For “For” explains further verse nine. There are numerous options given to us by commentators and theologians for the Rom 10:9-10 passage to help explain what might have happened in Bob’s experience. We should be very careful what doctrines we hold and teach on the subject of justification. Now, play the man, and say, “I would rather starve than do it.” On a Sabbath morning, when you are invited to waste its holy hours, say, “No, I am a Christian.”. All these are included in a profession of religion. (2) there can be no religion where there is not a willingness to confess the Lord Jesus. To separate the two clauses, and look for an independent meaning in each, is a mistake; a heart believing unto righteousness, and a mouth making confession unto salvation, are not really two things, but two sides of the same thing. Romans 10:1-21. Romans 10 – Israel’s Present Rejection of God A. Israel’s rejection of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. The apostle clearly intends by “the heart” the inner, as contrasted with the external man; and not the emotional, as opposed to the intelligent man. See how young men, being somewhat unsettled from their old foundations, plunge into unbelief. It is not the affections as distinguished from the intellect. According to the former sense, it is that which satisfies justice; in the latter, it is conformity to the precepts of the law. You remember the verses which have been wrongly attributed to Charles Kingsley: Whoever says, when clouds are in the sky. Click the verse number to read commentary, definitions, meanings, and notes for that particular Romans 10 verse. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. It needs no command to make your heart glow with gratitude to such a deliverer. Suppose, instead of the compact phalanx of this one Church, we were broken into individual Christians, some of the warmest-hearted among you would grow cold; the little ones among us would be subjected to false doctrine; while even the strongest here would feel it to be a most solemn bereavement. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/romans-10.html. ], iii. In what sense does this confession result in salvation? Inasmuch as Christ was put into the prison of the tomb as a hostage and bail for His people, faith knows that He never could have come out again if God had not been completely satisfied with His substitutionary work. This seems to be a reasonable conclusion since the confession is to be made with the mouth. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsc/romans-10.html. “His amiable wife was by the library fire with her sister-in-law, and Mr. Brown, a remarkably large stout man of seventy-two. I have seen many join the church on a merely intellectual confession of faith. (Acts 8:36-37; Matthew 10:32-33), "To believe in Christ is to recognize him for what he is--to put our full trust in him; to confess him is to pledge our allegiance to him" (Whiteside p. 218). Joseph Benson's Commentary. The main point is, whether the ground of pardon and acceptance be in ourselves or in another, whether the righteousness on which we depend be of ourselves or of God, Romans 10:3. Faith beholds Him in His session at the right hand of God, sees Him pleading as the great High Priest, and expecting until His enemies are made His footstool. And they who profess by their lives that they have no regard for God and Christ, for heaven and glory, must expect to be met in the last day, as those who deny the Lord that bought them, and who bring upon themselves quick destruction; 2 Peter 1:2. How can a man who is puffed up with self-conceit have any adequate comparison within himself of his moral states? 2 Corinthians 4:13. I. This confession must be made both by words and facts, must be open, visible, and before men; and also real, hearty, and sincere, the words of the mouth agreeing with the experience of the heart; and such a good profession made before God, angels, and men, highly becomes all that believe with the heart. Wesley's Notes for Romans 10:10. Vv. "Commentary on Romans 10:10". Religion is supposed to be manifest, if it exists at all. The heart—In modern language the heart is held to be, as a mental term, the seat of the feelings or sensibilities. Public confession is a confirmation of our own faith; a bond of union with others; an outward pledge to consistent living; but above all an act of loyalty to Christ. 1. 1917. He is pointed to the Cross, but the current of his feelings drives him past it. Religion is everything in His life. Confession here implies the whole of outward, as believing does the root of all inward, religion. For it is believed with the heart resulting-in righteousness, and it is confessed with the mouth resulting in salvation. What a touching illustration of this point we have in Ruth 1:16-17. Spurgeon (C. H.), Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, ix. You will lose your business! Along with the revelation of this scheme of mercy the Bible sets forth conditions apart from which we can have no share in the blessings of Christ’s death, imposing duties on the performance of which our future portion is made to depend, and annexing threatenings and promises just as though we were to be judged by our works irrespective of the blood of the Redeemer. Here, as generally, where the subject of justification is discussed in the Bible, righteousness has its forensic, as distinguished from its moral sense. In this Romans 10:10, Paul returns to the natural and psychological order, according to which faith precedes profession. It influences the actions and brings us into the obedience of faith, in yielding to Christ, wherein is found pardon. Bible Commentary for Romans 10:10. In the early Christian days, you may see a picture something like this: There is a low arch, like the opening of a sewer. The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 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. “Confession is made unto salvation.”, It is true that the life is the greatest and most impressive witness for Christ, and that without the witness of the life all that the lips may utter for Him is worse than worthless; but this is not all the truth. “Oh, I have read on that subject; I know all about it.” How little have men read, how little have they pondered, how little have they ever had the slightest idea that their judgments have been influenced by their dispositions, by their conduct, by their wishes and longings, by their self-indulgence--how little have they come to form a judgment against the pulling-down influences that act upon them! 5. ‘Faith,’ says the Westminster Confession, ‘justifies a sinner in the sight of God, not because of those other graces which do always accompany it; or of good works that are the fruits of it; nor as if the grace of faith, or any act thereof, were imputed to him for his justification; but only as it is an instrument, by which he receiveth and applieth Christ’s righteousness.’. Scripture: Romans 10:1. As he stood there they said, “Who dare acknowledge, and stand by him?” One from the crowd, who said, “I dare!” they set side by side with the prince; and when they threw their filth on or spoke hard words of the prince and him, he stood there, smiling, and received it all. As well take in a lot of devils so far as salvation is concerned. Spurgeon. The man who lives as though there were no heaven, or no hell, doing the very things, obeying the very passions, neglecting the very duties, which are forbidden or commanded, to all who would escape wrath and find mercy hereafter? Commentary on the Bible, by Adam Clarke, full text etext at sacred-texts.com ... Romans 10:10. rom 10:10. So when I read the list, and find Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Daniel, Isaac, Jesus Christ Himself, the apostles, Luther, Calvin, etc., I count it an honour if my name shall be found written with theirs, as the humblest soldier in the army. ), Belief of the heart necessary for righteousness, Since the end of religion is obedience, the heart is wanted. Those who speak lightly of Church fellowship do mischief. ), It is sometimes said that piety should be retiring, and unseen. What! writes concerning righteousness, John 1:46; Hermann, ad Eur. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved (Mark 16:16). DD. The “heart” speaks of faith and the “mouth” speaks of confession. Very much so was it in later times. You can ignore the wider context of Romans 9-11 and zero in on the pregnant statements in verse 9 (“If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, … ), Faith and confession the subjective condition of salvation. Wesley's Romans 10:10 Bible Commentary 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. To him, both, as a schoolmaster, lead. He said the old man simply turned to the 32nd Psalm and read him these two verses: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee. True religion makes the church active, demonstrative and uproarious like a graveyard on the resurrection morn. Such a belief, the faith that saves, is a power over the life. All this free citation, uncritical according to our ideas and methods, rests on a profoundly right apprehension of the meaning of the Old Testament as a whole. Rom 10:11 - For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Tools. THE CONTEXT As we look at verses 5-15, we must remember how they relate to the rest of the chapter. Such a belief, the faith that saves, is a power over the life. (18-21) Commentary on Romans 10:1-4 (J. Lyth, D.D.). But a single passage in the whole canon attributes thought to the head. 6. We shall find it needful to intrude upon the dainties of etiquette, and, like the prophet who came to Bethel, we shall have to cry against altars at which others pay their vows. For with the heart man believeth, etc. “How do you know? BibliographyTorrey, R. A. When we talk about the heart of man we usually mean the affections or emotions, but to the Jew the heart represented the whole spiritual man. One"s confession that Jesus is Lord would be to God initially (i.e, expressing trust in Christ to the Father), but most interpreters have believed that the confession in view goes beyond God and includes other people as well. Remember the three Hebrew children, Daniel, Peter, and John. There is a great deal of mathematics in the science of music; yet music itself cannot be appreciated by the mere man of science without the sense or faculty of music in him. Faith, without works, is a dead root., yielding no fruit; a well filled with deadly vapour; a tree twice dead, plucked up by the roots, like some of those forest monsters which block up the navigation of the Mississippi, upon which many a goodly vessel has been wrecked. Moses may, if he wilts, live in the court of Pharaoh, but he counts the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Take, e.g., John 1:1-5, “The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Turn to John 1:20-25. But chiefly in His death. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". 10. Lit., it is believed. To-day it is so to very few. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hal/romans-10.html. Believe in thy heart that he who died for thy offenses has been raised for thy justification; and depend solely on him for that justification, and thou shalt be saved. This is how a Christian’s profession is to be carried on. In God‘s plan of justifying people, this is the way by which we may be declared just or righteous in his sight. Note how we have here a continuation of the thought in Romans 1:16-17. "Commentary on Romans 10:10". II. Tyson. Furthermore, it often results in the eternal salvation of other people who hear the confession of faith and then believe themselves. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. Faith is not the mere assent of the mind to the truth of certain propositions. He at once sees that if he is saved at all, it must be by that instrument; and here is the exercise of his understanding. What the philosophers call the dynamic force--to constrain us to obey what we see we should. (1) That a profession of religion is, by Paul, made as really indispensable to salvation as believing. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". 10. They build up their arguments, and then say that men ought to be conscious of the influence of Christ.1 [Note: A. H. M. Romans 10 Devotional Commentary ... Romans 10:10. I do not say that it is indispensable to the discovery of all truth, although there is a sense in which it is true that no truth can be discovered without it. Romans 10:9 explains the quotation used in Romans 10:8, “The word is very nigh thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart.” The order is suggested by literary association, not by theological formulation. "Commentary on Romans 10:10". He is bone of our bone, flesh of our flesh; in the indivisible unity of the human race He becomes for us all the pledge of final triumph. But you are so timid! Never mind. Romans 10:14. With the mouth confession is made unto salvation It may seem strange, that he ascribes no part of our salvation to faith, as he had before so often testified, that we are saved by faith alone. Righteousness and salvation. Romans 10:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 10:10, NIV: "For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved." Renewal 1960. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. For with the heart man believeth unto — justifying. Hypocrisy is rebuked; but I ask for a single passage where the manifestation of pure religion is rebuked. Newbolt (W. C. E.), Counsels of Faith and Practice, 69. (H. W. In His resurrection. And being thus crucified to the world, and all visible and temporal things, our affections will be set on things above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God: and consequently, when he shall appear we shall appear with him in glory. “with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.”. You have influence, perhaps, where you can help Christ’s Church. Mind you are not so timid as to be lost at last, for the fearful and unbelieving shall have their portion in the lake that burneth. This faith is to be in the resurrection of Christ. 4. Confess with thy mouth ... believe in thy heart thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:10). New International Version (NIV) The true mode of profession appointed by Christ for every Christian includes always the sacraments of baptism and the eucharist. 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