Confession and Belief

In this passage, the apostle Paul states the gospel in as simple and concise of terms as is found anywhere in scripture.  If we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus, and believe in our hearts God raised Him from the dead, we shall be saved.  Here, Paul unites belief in Christ and confession of our faith in Him inextricably.  To separate the two is to mutilate the gospel the apostles preached.  This message attempts to place confession and belief in their proper settings, and also to encourage those who are hesitating to be bold in publicly professing their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.