I like to talk.
I’ll just be honest. I like to talk A LOT.
Therefore, proclaiming should be no problem for me.
Except it is. I not only open my mouth when I should keep it closed. I also keep it closed when it should be opened wide.
Even more so because of resurrection…
Resurrections are all over Scripture, and in Romans 10 we find the promise that they aren’t just connected to our lives, our faith, or our hearts, but to our mouths as well.
Read Romans 10:8-11 below, or in your own Bible:
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);9 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. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
The Word is in my heart and in my mouth.
God puts it there.
We may not confess at all the right times, but we confess. We confess when we read this and let the Spirit do His work. We confess when we show up for worship or Bible study. We confess when we sit with a friend, our spouse, or our children and pray.
We don’t just confess the death of Christ. This passage tells us we confess that Jesus is Lord in His death, but goodness is He Lord in His Life as well, in His resurrection, in God’s mighty action of raising Him from the dead for our salvation.
God puts the confession in our hearts through the Word and in our Baptisms, then He brings it to our lips because…restoration.
In verse 10, God tells us we are justified in Christ’s death, and we are saved in confession of His name.
We do not confess because we are these really great people, with really great personalities, and fancy, really great sounding words. We confess because our Resurrection God claims us.
It’s important to keep it always in the context of the rest of Scripture:
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal,the promised Holy Spirit… (NIV)
Matthew Henry describes the confession of our hearts and mouths in Romans 10 as “openly professing” or even better,
Romans 10:11 promises that we will not be put to shame, because all of it stems from this restorative reality:
Jesus always owns us.
We confess, because He has confessed us before God the Father.
He died and confessed we were His.
He rose and confessed He gave us Life.
He stands before the Father now and confesses righteousness for us.
I like to talk a lot, yes, but may I talk about Jesus more and more every day.
May I own Him, because I have been owned.
There is healing and restoration for our hearts and our minds in a Savior who claims us as His own. He will always own us in this life before the church at a font, before Father in heaven, and before the world on that day yet to come.
You know resurrection,
Now, go own it.