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How are you saved?

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10
            Paul gave a simple formula for salvation:
1.      Declare with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” – this public declaration is like a wedding vow, spoken out loud, saying that you agree that Jesus has all authority over your life.  You must humble yourself and bow to this majesty.
2.      Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead – Belief is trust, faith, knowing without a doubt that Jesus came to earth, lived, died on a cross and rose again three days later.
Paul says if you follow those two steps, you will be saved from your sins and live in a relationship with God forever. 
Why these two steps?  The “heart” is the center of you, your will, your belief, your identity, your emotions.  The “mouth” is the open declaration of your intent no matter the cost.  To say something openly is a step above believing something privately.  Like wearing a ring after a wedding, you are identifying yourself openly in a new way.
We are saved from our sins and we are saved from ourselves by identifying ourselves in a new relationship and a new commitment to a new way of life.