Is Lord/As Lord

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 (Romans 10).

The word “confess” is made of two words literally meaning “together-word.”  Thus, to “confess” means “to say the same word together with someone else.”  In this case it means to say the same thing God is saying — it is to agree with Him with an admission that Jesus is right in what He had said about coming to save sinners, and that you are one of them.  It is to admit that Jesus is Lord of all, and has proved it through being “raised from the dead.”

But this word “confess” also means “to declare openly” or “to speak out freely”, thus Paul’s addition of the words “with your mouth” for emphasis.  In other words, one feels no shame or embarrassment in publicly professing a confession of “Jesus as Lord” of your heart and life.

Lord, we confess You as Lord of all and Lord of our lives.  We agree with You about everything You say, and we ask You This Day both to show us opportunities, and then help us with our mouths to openly profess Jesus and His glorious gospel.  Amen.