"Because if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Rom. 10:9
Verbal acknowledgement. Confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
Part one of two prerequisites described in Romans 10:9,10. You would think that believing with your heart would be the first prerequisite mentioned, but if I've learned anything in 40 years of ministry it is that you are never smarter than the scriptures, The Logos. It seems that we overthink this process and are constantly ending up with an inferior experience in God than the one He has offered.
Confessing with your mouth is an amazing act of faith on the part of the believer. That word confess is taken from the Greek word "homologia" wich means to say the same. It implies you are verbally coming into agreement with something or someone about something. In this case it is the Holy Spirit concerning the identity of Jesus. Not just Jesus identity to the world, but Jesus identity to you specifically. Jesus ask the disciples, "who do you say that I am?" Matt. 16:15. He makes it personal. Now at this point the scriptures make it clear as to the identity of Christ that you are coming into agreement with. That Jesus is Lord. You thought you were to confess him as savior and look at him as friend.
Those indeed are well and good but the reason so many never truly break league with darkness and live lives still in bondage to the rudimentary elements of this world is because of your failure to recognize him as Lord and thus confess him as such. You don't recognize his right to take control of your life and therefore rule over you. Jesus is Lord.
That word, Lord, is from the Greek word "kyrios", which means he is the supreme authority, and he is the owner of the land and all that is in it. In western culture we are disassociated with the idea of monarchy and function with elected representatives. But Jesus is a King with a kingdom. Satan tries to defy his sovereign right to rule by convincing you there is a substitute concept to experiencing salvation. But as you pursue a substitute concept you come up with a lesser experience or no experience at all.
How many of you have surrendered to Christ only to have him imidiately make a demand on your life such as, "I want you to forgive so and so for what they did to you." What gives him the right to make such demands? Lordship.
"You have been bought with a price." I Cor. 6:20, 7:23.
Then he requires us to believe in the resurrection. Now in modern gospel we have many substitutes for this, such as, "Believe in the finished work". But the scripture puts a demand on us that we believe in our hearts that God has raised him from the dead. The proof is in the pudding. Comparing those who confess his lordship and believing in the resurrection compared to modern "snowflake" Christians, I'll take the biblical representation any day. Rather than watch you struggle with your ideology for the next twenty-years as you float in and out of fellowship with him, I suggest you simply back up and " confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead" and see the resusults God intended.