2. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Rom. 10:9,10. So, then, it is the faith of a risen Saviour, not concealed, but publicly professed, to the glory of God and the strengthening of our brethren, by which we must, and without which we cannot, be saved. It is essential to our salvation, not only that we have, but that we profess to have, faith in Christ raised from the dead. That the latter is no less necessary than the former, the Holy Scriptures most positively assert in numerous places. Rom. 10:9,10; Matt. 10:32,33; Luke 12:8; John 12:42,43; Phil. 2:11; 1 John 4:2-15. Now, as the design of the Christian assemblies being held on the first day of the week, is to commemorate Christ’s resurrection on that day, as the very argument of the Christian’s faith, and of his hopes of immortal life, so, when we meet together at these seasons, we, by so doing, profess our faith in our Lord’s resurrection; or, to use the expression of St. Paul, “we confess with our mouth that God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead,” which confession the apostle affirms to be equally indispensable to salvation as “the believing that doctrine with the heart.” So that, when any one wilfully absents himself from these assemblies, instituted for the purpose of celebrating the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, that man is understood to abjure and deny the resurrection; that is, he professes to be an unbeliever, and so excommunicates himself from all the benefits which they enjoy, “who are risen with Christ.” Reader, are you one of those who fail thus to acknowledge your faith in a Saviour raised from the dead? Expect not any of the fruits of his resurrection. Do you plead that you believe with your heart that God raised his Son from the dead? I refer you to the inspired servant of Christ, who expressly says, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth.” It is vain to plead, that “with the heart man believes unto righteousness,” when it is added, “and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” God will have men believe, and not only so, but he requires they make public profession of that belief. He also appoints the way in which that profession shall be made. So that here, as before, “he that despiseth, despiseth not men but God.” Reader, are you content to be excluded from all share in the resurrection of Him” who liveth, and was dead, and is alive for evermore, and hath the keys of hell and of death?” If you have no part in his resurrection, over you the second death must exert its power. Are you willing to be excluded from Christ’s household for ever and ever? Alas! there is only another household of which you can be a member, and its home is the place of “hypocrites and unbelievers,” the smoke of whose torment “ascendeth up for ever and ever,” where “their worm dieth not, and their fire is not quenched.” He that is not for Christ openly and avowedly, is against him. No man is of Christ’s household who absents himself from Christ’s house. Without profession there is no proper Christianity, for profession is as much a part of this as faith itself is. This cannot be too much impressed upon you. He that seeks not to join himself to the Church of Christ, is joined to the Synagogue of Satan. May God give to those careless sinners, who mind none of these things, repentance not only to the understanding, but to the acknowledging of the truths here written.



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