1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation! 2 I can testify about them that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them. 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith speaks like this: Do not say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven?” that is, to bring Christ down 7 or, “Who will go down into the abyss?” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead. 8 On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: 9 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. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, 12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. — Romans 10:1-13
Calling on the Lord Jesus for Salvation
by Royce Harrell
Jesus is Savior. What more do we need to know? Remember, salvation means the act of saving or protecting from harm, loss or destruction.
When Paul was writing this, he was burdened for all men and women, Jews and Gentiles alike. He knew that many did not know who Christ Jesus was, and nor did they understand what He represented for them. In this particular passage, Paul is speaking directly about his Jewish brothers and sisters who were bound by the law and who wouldn’t accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. He shares his concern for the Jews and explains how they fit into God’s plan.
Paul specifically talks about what will happen to the Jewish people who believe in God but not in Christ. Some would say that since they believe in the same God, won’t they be saved? Paul worked very hard and endured many hardships in order to teach them about Christ.
You see, Jesus is the most complete revelation of God. We cannot fully know God apart from Christ. And since God appointed Jesus to bring God and man together, we cannot come to God by any other path. The Jews, like everyone else, can find salvation only through Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Like Paul, we should pray that all Jews would be saved and then lovingly share the Good News with them.
The Jews believed that righteousness came from keeping the laws they established for themselves. They did not understand that righteousness comes only from God. In addition, the Jews established customs and traditions, trying to make themselves acceptable in God’s sight. But our human effort, no matter how sincere, can never be a substitute for the righteousness offered to us by faith. The only way to earn salvation is to be perfect—and that is impossible. We can only receive salvation as a gift.
As the Son of God and son of man, Christ was the end of the law, providing righteousness for everyone who believes. As Paul was sharing his faith and beliefs, we need to as well. He was willing to speak out in truth, not considering the consequences to get this information to others. If we truly believe, then we should be willing to do the same.
What does this scripture teach you? For me, it’s the clearest message of how simple but deep our belief has to be: Jesus died for our sins, God raised Him from the dead, and He is Lord. His salvation is available to anyone who will confess this with their mouth.
- Be bold like Paul and find ways to touch others so you can earn the right to speak into their life and share what you know.
- Pray, pray and pray. Pray for the willingness to share, and when you have the willingness, the Holy Spirit will do the speaking for you. Trust me on this.
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