For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:5-13
In today’s verses we see one of the early creeds of the church, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It just doesn’t get much simpler than that. Yet, ever since we have been trying to make salvation more complicated than it is. Maybe we insist that people exhibit certain spiritual gifts to be saved. Others require baptism or baptism in certain ways. Maybe it is good works you want to add to the plan of salvation. Possible it is whether you are Protestant or Catholic. It could be what Protestant denomination you belong to that assures your eternal salvation. Whatever it is you choose none of it will save you, only faith in Jesus will do it.
When I look at what needs to be don to obtain salvation I look at the thief on the cross. He was not baptized. I am unaware of any spiritual gifts he exhibited. He did no good works, did not feed the poor or tithe it would have been hard to do any good works nailed to a cross. All he did was recognize Jesus for what He truly was, the Son of God. When he did this Jesus told him that “today you will be with me in paradise.”
Salvation is really very simple; we just tend to complicate it. All we need to do is confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead.
Have a blessed day,