Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

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,

David

Advertisements

About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
This entry was posted in Bible, Devotional, God. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s