Believe in Thine Heart
The wonderful verses from chapter 3 through chapter 10 in the Book of Romans bring comfort to any born again believer.
"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."
These two verses in Romans 10 literally describe all that I can do to be saved; believe and confess. However, if I meditate for a few moments on these two verses, some not so apparent things begin to appear. Confess what? Believe how?
We have to be careful about the confession part. I have heard many say that we have to confess our sins to be saved. They didn't get that from Romans 10. The verses say that we must confess the Lord Jesus with our mouth. Philippians 2 tells us that every tongue must confess that Jesus is Lord. "If Jesus is not Lord of all then He is not Lord at all." This saying pretty well sums up the idea. Whoa! I can hear voices screaming in the back ground….no! no! no! Not Lordship salvation. Ease up, I do not believe in Lordship salvation. Here is why. Those who profess Lordship salvation say that one must be completely convinced that Jesus is Lord before they can be saved. This means they have to believe that Jesus is God before they can be saved. Most people have not made that connection until later in their discipleship. The simple answer to this problem is that a person who is truly saved will believe those doctrines as they become exposed to them.
Now lets deal with a more serious question, "What kind of belief." Do you think that the Devil believes in Jesus? Of course he does, he spent 40 days with Him. Jesus himself said that the devils believe and tremble. The Romans 10 verses do not say simply believe in Jesus, but says and I quote, "believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead." Look at this phrase and see the depth. It is impossible for a person to really come back from the dead. Any story that is told of such must be taken as fable or lie. It doesn't happen. Yet, Jesus died and is alive!! The Bible gives the story, the Apostles with Paul testify that it is true, Jesus is alive.
Most of us in America believe this because every year we celebrate Easter. We also believe George Washington chopped down a cherry tree. This is because we have heard it from childhood and everyone else believes it.
The Bible says in order to be saved, we must believe in our heart to be saved. Is this a play on words, or is God differentiating between beliefs, especially head belief and heart belief? How are we to know the difference? A head belief is a learned belief. Head belief is dependent upon facts and proof. How many of you once believed in Santa? Did you stop believing when you got old and cranky?
Heart belief is very difficult to describe in words. No where near but a sample is this. I am an American. Not just because I was born in Texas USA, but it is in my heart. My heart reminds me when I sing the "Star Spangled Banner." When I remember the folks that gave their lives for my country. I am aggravated in a president who does not love my country. I have never wanted to move to another country….except Heaven.
An illegal immigrant can get hold of fake papers that say he is an American and he may even claim to be American, but down in his heart he has not that assuring confidence.
Many Church members who believe in Jesus with their head are not truly born again of the Spirit. The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. He lives in our hearts with that wonderful assurance that Jesus is alive.