It is a relief to read the passage for today. There is quite a lot written in the Bible which is difficult to understand. There also a lot in which it is hard to see the relevance to our modern experience of life. But here, Paul reminds us of how simple the message of the gospel really is. He sums it up by saying that everyone who believes in their hearts, and calls out to the Lord in confession that they believe, will be saved. In fact in my NLT Bible this passage is entitled, Salvation is for Everyone.
For anyone who is still struggling with the concept of salvation, I would briefly describe it like this. Imagine you could know true peace of mind from all the things that worry you and frighten you. Imagine not being afraid of dying or becoming ill or losing your job or letting your parents, partner or children down. Imagine total freedom to really enjoy your life and really do the things you dream of doing. That is what Salvation really means to me. As Jesus himself said: “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10)
Romans 10:5-13 NLT
For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (to bring Christ down to earth). And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead?’ (to bring Christ back to life again).” In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: 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 it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Faith is a very personal thing. No one person can ever claim to have converted any other person. Faith grows in our hearts the more we hear about the truth and love of God. Each time we hear the gospel preached or see the effects of another person’s faith lived out in their lives, the faith in our own hearts grows a little more. My Goal is simply to keep sharing what I read of God everyday in the hope that eventually, the faith that is growing in hearts of those that read TWG, might one day spill over and pour out of their mouths. Then, perhaps we will all spread this great love of God far and wide and see a new wave of salvation in our own time.
2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34, Romans 9:25-10:13, Psalms 20:1-9, Proverbs: 20:2-3