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Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Romans 10:8-11(NASB)
8 But what does it say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"--that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that 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; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."
If you want to have a works-based salvation theology, you'll have to work your way around this one, for the only work that is required is to move ones lips. One will do more than just move ones lips, but that confession of ones faith as Jesus as Lord is sufficient. I remember fisking the Christian Blogging Manifesto for only having "Jesus as Lord" as their creed, as opposed to the Lord and Savior that most evangelicals will recognize. A quick reading of this passage might say "Chill, Mark, they're just quoting Paul." However, look at the second part of verse 9; do people that merely recognize Jesus as Lord also recognize his substitutionary death and resurrection? Verse nine clearly focuses on the resurrection, but assumes belief in Jesus substitutionary death. Thus, even if you aren't required to say that Jesus is your Savior, it's a heart requirement. One interesting thing I saw in the NIV Study Bible notes to this yesterday is that it was the first-century Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint, used Lord (Kyrios) for YHWH. This gives a clear implication to the Greek-readers of Paul's letter that "Jesus is Lord", but that Jesus is God as well. It's second-hand evidence, but it's another hoop to jump though if you want to try and take away Jesus' divinity.

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