1 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. 5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10.1-13).
Memory Verses: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10.9-10) & Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10.13).
Salvation is made possible by Jesus Christ, to all who will confess Him as Lord and Savior of their lives, and who will believe in their hearts God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead. It is very important we do not miss these two elements, many people believe it is ok to confess Jesus Christ, to ask Him into their life. But they are missing an important element ‘Lord,’ this term ‘Lord’ means “One who exercises supernatural authority over mankind.”
It is important we allow Jesus Christ to be the Lord of our lives, realizing it can be difficult sometimes to let go. We, in some cases, have spent years building up control and now we have to let go. But if we really what Christ to work fully in our lives He must be the One in full control.
The second part of Paul’s statement concerning our salvation is a matter of the heart. Remember first we declare with our mouth Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in our heart God raised Him, Jesus Christ, from the dead. This is very important, so important that without this belief all of our faith, nay all of our religion is useless. What is the problem with not believing in Christ’s resurrection? There are at least two issues which arise; first we are still in our sins, and second, we have no hope of eternal life nor victory over death.
Let us dive into each of these a little deeper. To the first point, we would still be in our sins, Paul writes”
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied (I Corinthians 15.12-19, ESV).
Notice he says if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, meaning useless without any hope. Peter wrote how we have to “be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (I Peter 1.3, ESV). But if Christ did not raise from the dead then where is this ‘living hope?” For our ‘living hope’ is grounded in Christ’s resurrection as is our forgiveness of sins.
Paul gives us another picture in Romans about Abraham;
He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and also the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, because he was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do. Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness., Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification (Romans 4.19-25, CSB).
Here Paul shows us how righteousness is credited to us, by believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ died for our sins (Romans 4.25; II Corinthians 5.21), and was raised to bring us into a right relationship with our Heavenly Father. Without His resurrection there would be no justification, salvation and no forgiveness of sins. We would still have a price to pay, “For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6.23). We would still be very lost without the resurrection.
Tomorrow we will look at the second point, without the resurrection we would have no hope of eternal life nor victory over death.
Lord My Savior, King of Kings and Lord of Lord, I thank You for raising Jesus Christ from the grave. For allowing Him to have the right to sit at Your right hand. Lord help me to honor His sacrifice in all that I do. May my words, deeds, and actions be uplifting to You. May You receive Glory and Honor in everything every day. Lord Thank You for being part of my life, my I release control of my life to You so You will have full access to all parts and control all of me. Use me as You see fit. Thank You for Your guidance as I seek opportunities to share Your gospel, to grasp upon them and share Your truth without fear or shame. I ask You to provide me the ability to say the right things in the proper way, all this I pray in Your Son Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.
 The New International Version. (2011). (Ro 10:1–13). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Co 15:12–19). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
 Ibid., (1 Pe 1:3).
 Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Ro 4:19–25). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
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