Tag: One Lord of all
Scripture reading for November 21st: Romans 9-11
There are some people in religious circles who believe in universal salvation. In other words, no one will be lost. They contend that God is good and He would never send anyone to hell who is made in His image. If you take only the verses on God’s love and twist your reading of Scripture, you could justify this position. However, this is not the teaching of the Scripture! Paul is explaining in Romans 9-11 how God plans to save the Jews, a very religious people who had the right of adoption as sons, the covenants, the law and temple worship, and all the promises. Although they had all this, they still needed to come to God by faith in His Son Jesus Christ!
“That if you confess 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 confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13
Salvation begins in the heart. It is with the heart that we believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. We believe that He died for our sins on the cross as the Son of God, descended from Abraham in the flesh through the son of promise, Isaac. We simply believe in God’s mercy through Christ, not in our works to be right or righteous. When we believe, we are justified by faith just like Abraham and Sarah. Our believing is counted as righteousness in our heavenly account because of what Christ has provided in His death, burial and resurrection.
Because we believe in our heart, we confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord! This is the confession that can save us. Confession is not a work that we must do. It is the natural flow of a heart that believes and is fully persuaded about Jesus Christ! It is an outworking of faith. We confess Jesus as Lord and live in submission to Him and His word.
Faith puts both Jew and Gentile on the same level ground at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. Believing opens the door to all who will call on the Lord for saving! In this manner, all will be saved who call on the Lord! If you will not believe and confess Jesus as Lord, you will be lost eternally! It is really simple. If you have called on Jesus for salvation, take time and thank Him for His marvelous gift. If not, today is a great day to do so! It’s available to everyone who will!