Romans What Is The Process of Coming To Faith and Salvation?

What is the process of coming to faith and salvation ? 
November 03 2013
Charles e. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher
Romans 10:9-10
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Keep in mind that the problem Paul is dealing with in Romans 9 and 10 is mainly the unbelief of Israel and why it happened and why this does not undermine the faithfulness and reliability of God.

So what Paul does in the last verses of Romans 10 is show once more that the reason most of Israel does not have a share in salvation is that they do not believe in the Messiah, Jesus.
What are the prerequisites of salvation? Maybe they missed it?  Maybe they didn’t believe because they  didn’t have what they need to know to be held accountable to believe.

WHAT ARE THOSE STEPS WE NEED TO KNOW TO BE A PART OF GOD’S SAVING PLAN? 

THAT IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH JESUS AS LORD AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART:

  • (Romans 14:11; Matthew 10:32,33; Luke 12:8; John 9:22; 12:42,43; Philippians 2:11; 1John 4:2,3; 2John 1:7) (Romans 8:34; John 6:69-71; 20:26-29; Acts 8:37; 1Corinthians  15:14-18; 1Peter 1:21)

Confess (3670) (homologeo from homoú = together with + légo = say) means to say the same and so to agree in one’s statement. Confess means to express openly one’s allegiance to a proposition or a person, in this context the person of Christ.  It is a statement of identification, faith, confidence, and trust.

Confess has strong legal connotations. As a judicial term, the word indicates the binding and public declaration which settles a relationship with legal force. A person can confess to a charge in court and thus openly acknowledge guilt. Or one may agree with a court order and thus make a legally binding commitment to abide by it. This last sense is implied in passages like this one in Romans 10 that call on us to acknowledge Jesus. We are to express our binding commitment to Jesus publicly thus acknowledging our relationship to Him as our Lord and Savior.

To confess that Jesus is the Christ means that a person agrees that Jesus is indeed the Messiah (John 1:41; 4:25, 26,42). According to the Old Testament Scriptures, the Messiah was portrayed as (1) the God-man (Isaiah.7:14)  (2) the mighty God (Isaiah 9:6) (3) the sinner’s Substitute and Saviour (Isaiah 53:5, 6ff) (4) the eternal King (Micah5:2) and (5) THE LORD (JEHOVAH) OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jerermiah 23:5, 6)

Jesus as Lord -The confession that Jesus is Lord meant the acknowledgment that Jesus shares the name and the nature, the holiness, the authority, power, majesty, and eternity of the one and only true God.

Lord (2962) (kurios) means lord, master, owner or the one who has absolute ownership  power. Kurios translates Jehovah (LORD in OT) in the Septuagint (LXX) almost 7000 times. In the New Testament there are 717 references to kurios  and it is notable that Jesus is referred to as Savior about ten times and as Lord about 700 times! Kurios signifies sovereign power and absolute authority. Kurios is the one who has absolute ownership and uncontested power. It is the one who is in charge by virtue of possession (owner).

  1. Kurios is used to describe human relationships. Jesus described the relationship of slaves to their lords (Matthew 10:24; 25:19). The Apostle Paul told slaves to obey their masters or lords as a sign of the slaves’ faith in Christ (Ephesian 6:5, Ephesians 6:9  Col 3:22).

FOR WITH THE HEART MAN BELIEVES RESULTING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WITH THE MOUTH HE CONFESSES RESULTING IN SALVATION : kardia gar pisteuetai  eis dikaiosunen stomati de homologeitai eis soterian:

(Luke 8:15; John 1:12,13; 3:19, 20, 21; Hebrews 3:12; 10:22) (Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9)(Ro 10:9; 1John 4:15; Revelation 2:13)

For – Introduces the explanation of the preceding verse and gives the proper order or sequence of events: first belief and then confession.

Heart  (2588) (kardia ) does not refer to the physical organ but is always used figuratively in Scripture to refer to the seat and center of human life. The heart is the center of the personality, and it controls the intellect, emotions, and will.  No outward obedience is of the slightest value unless the heart turns to God.

Jesus describes the importance of a “right” heartexplaining that…the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. (Luke 8:15, contrast an “evil and unbelieving heart” Hebrews 3:12)

Calvin remarks that...The seat of faith, it deserves to be observed, is not in the brain, but the heart; not that I wish to enter into any dispute concerning the part of the body which is the seat of faith, but since the word heart generally means a serious, sincere, ardent affection, I am desirous to show the confidence of faith to be a firm, efficacious, and operative principle in all the emotions and feelings of the soul, not a mere naked notion of the head.

Believes (4100) (pisteuo from pistis; pistos; related studies the faith, the obedience of faith) means  to consider something to be true and therefore worthy of one’s trust.  To accept as true, genuine, or real. To have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something or someone. To consider to be true. To accept the word or evidence of.

Thayer’s Definition http://www.studylight.org/lex/grk/gwview.cgi?n=4100
1.    to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in
a.    of the thing believed
a.    to credit, have confidence
b.    in a moral or religious reference
a.    used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul
b.    to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith 1bc) mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual faith
2.    to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity
a.    to be entrusted with a thing to persuade, to cause belief, to induce one to do something by persuading, and so runs into the meaning of to obey, properly as the result of persuasion
Note that the Greek verb believe in the context of the NT uses does not signify mere intellectual assent but  a genuine acceptance with one’s whole inward being. When a person does that, he is instantly justified or declared righteous (forever positionally righteous before God).

In summary, FOR WITH THE HEART MAN BELIEVES RESULTING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WITH THE MOUTH HE CONFESSES RESULTING IN SALVATION : kardia gar pisteuetai eis dikaiosunen stomati de homologeitai eis soterian:

(Luke 8:15; John 1:12,13; 3:19, 20, 21; Hebrews 3:12; 10:22) (Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9)(Ro 10:9; 1John 4:15; Revelation 2:13)

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