Confessing the Deity and Work of Christ
Read Romans 10:5-13
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the Dead, you will be saved.”
One of the reasons we struggle in confessing our faith to others is that we are not sure what we are to say. When the opportunities arise, we become tongue-tied and uncertain how and what to share with others. While we believe in Christ and we want to share him with people, it becomes the hardest thing to do. Fear of rejection and feelings of inadequacy paralyzes us, and so we remain silent. We want to share; we see the opportunities to share but find it impossible to articulate the faith we have embraced.
In Romans 10:5-13, Paul points to the essence of genuine faith that stands in contrast to the dead, external religious practices of the Jews. By giving clarity to the meaning of true faith, Paul gives us insight into the message that we are to proclaim to others. Our message begins by recognizing that we are not calling people a religion but a life-changing relationship with the living God. The confession that Paul states are paramount to genuine faith involves the confession that Jesus is Lord. This statement points to two essential truths. First, the title Lord is a translation of the Greek word, kurios, used in the Greek translation (the Septuagint) of the Hebrew Old Testament. Kurios was the word used by the translators to translate the Hebrew name of God—the name Yahweh (or Jehovah). To affirm that Jesus is Lord then is to affirm the deity of Christ by declaring that he is the God of the Old Testament. It is to recognize and confirm that Jesus is the one true God and there is no other besides him. All other religious and all other claims to deity are thus rejected in this statement. In the Old Testament, Yahweh is the only God, and any other deity is a powerless myth and fabrication of man. Second, to affirm that Jesus is Lord is to accept and submit to his rule over our life. It is to surrender our will to his and accept him as our savior and Lord.
Having affirmed that Jesus is entirely God, Paull then states that we are to affirm the reality of the resurrection. This points us back to the death and resurrection of Christ, where the death of Christ paid the penalty for our sins, and the resurrection of Christ affirmed that the penalty of our sin was fully accomplished. There is no longer any other action needed for our salvation to be made possible.
When we share our faith with others, what we are sharing is not just some subjective experience. Still, we share the objective truth that Christ is entirely God and that he alone is the source of salvation, for he alone died for our sin to make it possible for us to have a relationship with God. Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one can come to God except through the acceptance of him (John 14:6). To be a witness for Christ is to affirm and testify these to essential truths and then invite people to accept this message and embrace Christ as their savior. When you share with others, simply share who Christ is and what he has done for us and then invite them into a relationship with Him.