Earlier this year, I presented a few blogs on how Paul always refers to Jesus as Κύριος (Lord) and how he always places Jesus in place of Yahweh when quoting Old Testament passages. If you are not familiar with that topic, I suggest that you go here before you read this blog.
Let's look at some of the impacts this has on Pauline Scripture. Let's take a look at Romans 10:9-10:
9 that if you confess with your mouth "The Lord is Jesus"*, and you believe in you heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be delivered. 10 For with the heart one believes onto righteousness, and with the mouth, one confesses onto deliverance.
If we apply what to this confessional saying what Paul truly meant, then the passage would be translated:
that if you confess with your mouth "Yahweh is Jesus"...
From this we can see just how important this confessional was. The impact is deep as it is from this confession that salvation is produced. Why? Because we must acknowledge who Jesus is before we can be delivered. This passage is backed by Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians 12:3:
3 Therefore, I make known to you that no one speaking in the Spirit of God says "Cursed is Jesus", and no one is able to say "The Lord (Yahweh) is Jesus", except speaking in the Holy Spirit.
One must have his Spirit in order to be saved and one must have his Spirit in order to confess this and mean it!
*The translators of the KJV translates the passage incorrectly with "that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus". This makes the passage ambiguous. One confesses that "The Lord is Jesus"!