because, 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. (ESV)
This is one of the most important and wonderful verses you will read in all of Scripture. Paul has spent much time explaining how that works do not attain for us our salvation. He has made clear that the Law is given to prove to us that we need a Savior! We are not good enough. Moses, who wrote down the Law was himself a lawbreaker. We all are.
In this verse we are told the way to salvation. Two elements are here that we need to look at more clearly. Confession and belief. Let's consider what we are confessing. We are to confess that Jesus is Lord. This goes beyond a generic belief in a "higher power" or god. We are to specifically believe that Jesus Christ is Lord.
There is something else to note about this confession. We are confessing Jesus as Lord. We are not just confessing that he exists. If we confess that he is Lord then we are giving him the right to control every aspect of our lives. He is not interested in ruling part of us. He wants all. To confess Jesus as Lord means that we submit our lives entirely to him.
The second element in this verse is our belief in the resurrection. Can a person be saved and not believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ? No. Not according to Scripture. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17: "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins." Christ's resurrection was the proof that he was exactly who he said he was.
This is good news! This is the Gospel. Have you confessed Jesus as Lord? Do you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead? If so, you are saved. Celebrate that today. Share this good news with someone who is lost.