This is a good example of Christianese. It is a traditional way of explaining salvation, but it can be very confusing, not only to unbelievers but to Christians alike. The Bible does teach that in order to be saved from the future wrath one must “believe in their heart” (their innermost being) that Jesus Christ is who He says He is and that He is the only way a person can receive eternal life.
Scripture ~ “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame”’” (Romans 10:8-11).
Comment ~ The word “believe” is more easily understood in our day as the word “trust.” Do you really trust that Jesus Christ is who He says He is and that He is your only way of salvation?
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