We are continuing our study in the book of Romans. Last week we looked at how people can be zealous or passionate for God, but can lack understanding about how to come before him.
God has prescribed how we are to approach him and how we are to be saved. It's important that we understand that ALL the work of salvation was done on the cross, and all we have to do is "confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, and we will be saved." It's truly as simple as that!
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But these are not "magic" words that are to be uttered. The text implies that believing in our hearts requires a fuller understanding of the gospel message and speaking the words is just an outward confession (or agreement) of what's already taken place in our heart. With God it is always a heart issue!
I love the simplicity of this promise. Everyone can be saved, but all must come to Christ. God did not give us any other option. When we do come to faith in Jesus, we can have total confidence in our eternal salvation because we are trusting in God to provide it. We didn't earn it, and we can't mess it up.
The scripture also showed us that because it's so simple, it causes some people to stumble or think the message of salvation is foolish.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:18 "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God"