…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
How does a human being get rid of sin?
The answer we have been taught is that we need to confess it. We need to list our sins and speak them out, one by one, asking and receiving God’s forgiveness for each one.
This scripture in Romans is so well known that the plain and simple truth of it has been almost ignored: that we don’t need to list our sins in order to plug into the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus. We only need to confess Him as Lord and Savior of our lives.
Too good to be true? Let’s look at it.
The word “confess” in the New Testament literally means, “to say the same as”. God requires us to say the same thing as He does about Jesus in order to receive Him personally into our lives and hearts.
When He comes to indwell us, our spirit is completely recreated in His likeness and we receive a new nature.
This is vital since sin is a deep rooted problem. Sin is not referring to a list of mistakes that we need God’s OK on, it refers to a fundamental depravity in human nature that we inherited from Adam. Individual acts of selfishness, rebellion, aggression and meanness arise in us as a result of the sin nature. Without Jesus, humans are under God’s wrath.
Only the precious blood of the spotless Lamb of God is powerful and pure enough to absorb the fullness of His righteous anger and to cleanse us deep within to remove the sin and regenerate our being. Now God says that He can’t even remember our acts of unrighteousness.
It is already done. All we need to do to get in on it, is to agree with God about who Jesus is. Inherent in that confession that Jesus is Lord is the acknowledgment. “I need a Savior”. We don’t need to say any more than that.
We never need to cry out as David did, “Create in me a clean heart, Oh Lord!” The blood has already done it.
No improvements can be made on your new nature.