“‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10.8-10 ESV)
In the ninth verse of this Scripture we see something often used in witnessing. The Roman’s Road approach leans on this verse among others. It is a wonderful idea that is captured here. It focuses on the heart and mouth. With the heart we believe. It is not just a casual belief; it is a true heartfelt belief. This belief is unto salvation, based in faith. With the mouth we confess our faith unto salvation.
We do not depend on what we do or on any lineage for our salvation. We only depend on faith in Christ alone. We confess according to that faith and demonstrate our allegiance to Jesus and make testimony to the world that we are His, we are the “call out ones” (Greek: ἐκκλησία). We have been called out and come to faith in Christ, confessing what we believe in our hearts with our mouths!
“With it (the tongue) we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3.9-10 ESV) Too often we use our tongues to tear down or curse others (whether with profanity or wishes to their harm). Instead we should be praising God and letting the confession of our mouths be in keeping with the faith in our hearts.
So confession can be positive or negative- but for a Christian, we should be known for a confession that glorifies God. This will demonstrate to the world that He is in control of our lives and that we rest in, and rely on, that fact.