Chapter # 10 Paragraph # 2 Study # 4
April 14, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<488> Thesis: The "salvation" promise is directly tied to "confession with the mouth". Introduction: In our study last week we focused our attention upon Paul's use of Moses' words in Deuteronomy 30:14 -- "the word is near to you, in your mouth and in your heart." We have taken Paul to mean, by these words, that "the word of faith which he preached" was, first, a "proclamation" that was "near" in the sense that it was "heard" so that it could, if attended by the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:5), actually get into the "heart" so that that "heart" could sponsor a response of the "mouth". Paul's "word of faith" is a concept wherein God takes the initiative on every level but the final one: He took every action required to make salvation possible (from Incarnation to Resurrection); He sponsors the proclamation that brings the message of the record of His actions to the ears of hearers; He circumcises the heart so that the message can actually enter through the ears into the heart; and then He waits for what Paul calls "the confession of the mouth". Even though we did address this "confession of the mouth" issue briefly last week, it is my intention to return to this concept this evening to flesh out some of the details that surround it.