Tag: Salvation by Faith
Scripture reading for July 26th: Romans 9:25-10:12
It has been noted that Paul quoted from ten different Old Testament books in chapters 9-11 of Romans. Paul’s thorough knowledge of Scripture enabled Him to write thirteen of the letters in the New Testament and be used by God as an apostle and missionary church planter all over the known world of that day.
Paul had a first-hand encounter with Jesus Christ and learned that Jesus Christ was Lord on the Damascus road. (Acts 9:3-5) He was a pious Jew who was zealously persecuting Christians and having them put to death! He had a zeal that was not in accordance with knowledge. (Romans 10:1-4) Just like his own past life, Paul’s own countrymen were seeking to establish their own righteousness through zealously trying to keep God’s law instead of submitting to God’s righteousness through Christ. “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness of everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4)
Faith in Christ is God’s prescribed path of righteousness for all men. “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and heart,” (Deuteronomy 30:14) that is is the word of faith we are proclaiming: 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.” (Romans 10:8-10) None of our works can save us. It is faith in our heart because of Christ’s sinless life and sacrificial death for us that is our way of salvation. This is expressed by a verbal confession: “Jesus is Lord!”
It is simple and easy to become righteous in God’s sight. “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11) (Isaiah 28:16) Both Jew and Gentile have the same way of faith. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) (Joel 2:32) (Acts 2:21) Paul preached from the same text that Peter used on the day of Pentecost! Salvation has been made available universally to all who declare: “Jesus Christ is Lord!” He alone is able to save us from the power of sin and the penalty of sin which is eternal death in the Lake of Fire. Why not make that declaration today with your mouth to reaffirm your trust!
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!