Confession leads to Conversion.
Rom.10:9,10. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God) and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms his salvation.
In this foundational verse Paul lays down the conditions and the principle of receiving the benefits of Christ’s sacrifice. The principle is faith and confession, the conditions are as follows:
to believe in the heart. Faith in the heart is not fully effective until it has been completed by confession.
The word ‘confession’ literally means ‘to say the same as.’ The Gk word is: homologeō. ‘homo’ meaning ‘together,’ and ‘logeo’ ‘to speak.’ In the context of Biblical faith, confession means to say the same with our mouth what God has already said in His word. In modern political speak we would say… to ‘speak from the same page!’
In Hebrews 3:1 Jesus is called ‘the High Priest of our confession.’ When we say with our mouths the same as the Word says concerning His will for us, it releases His priestly ministry on our behalf. To receive the benefits of Christ sacrifice, you need to make your confession specific and personal based on His word.
Salvation begins here. The word salvation incorporates all the benefits of Christ’s sacrifice. The word salvation comes from the root Gk. word ‘sozo’ which has the following meanings:
1) to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
a) one (from injury or peril)
2) to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
3) to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
b) to save in the technical biblical sense
a) to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment
to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance
This principle of belief and confession governs the process of continuing to receive the benefits of salvation, the primary one of being brought into right relationship with God; justified – made righteous. Faith receives what has been given by grace. Confession means what we say about what we believe, this helps the process of the renewing of the mind to come to a confident place of faith, or the rest of faith.