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. 11As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 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).
Just as in verse 9. where we had to declare with our mouth and believe with our hearts, now in verse 10 we must continue to believe with our hearts in Christ and with our mouth profess our faith. Why did Paul use they terms again and how do they apply to our salvation in Christ?
First, Paul is reinforcing the fact that we must have a deep-seated position concerning Christ. In other words, we must believe God raised Him from the dead, He is God’s Son, He was born of a virgin, He did in fact die on the cross for our sins, so on… Paul writes, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified…”
Justified is God's righteous act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin while, at the same time, declaring the ungodly to be righteous, through faith in Christ's atoning sacrifice. Therefore, Christ’s death on the cross paid our price (Romans 6.23), for sin, justifying us before God. We must believe in our hearts that Christ’s sacrifice is enough and that we are justified before God.
Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begetting Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3.16). He also said, “I Am the Light of the world, he who follows after Me (believes in Me), shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of Life (John 8.12, emphases added). In both of these verses Jesus lets us know we need to ‘Believe’ in Him, if we do then there is ‘Eternal Life’ and ‘Life in the Light’ but if not then we ‘will Perish’ or ‘Walk in Darkness.’
It is our choice through believing in Christ to live or die, to walk in light or darkness, to be justified or continue in our sin. When we choose Christ through believing with our heart we are justified and live, when we reject Him, we are dead and in darkness. The choice is ours, what choice will you make.
Second, Paul addresses professing. with our mouth. our faith. It is one thing to have faith in Jesus Christ, it is quite another to have faith in Christ that the world knows about. We must have a faith in Christ that we are willing to tell to the world. If we will not talk to others about Jesus Christ, then how much do we really love Him? If we will not even show others, we have something they do not, how much do we really love Christ?
Christ hung on a tree for us, was crucified for us, as the Bible says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3.13, ASV). Christ a ‘curse’; how does this make any sense; but He was willing to “endure the cross, despite the shame, Who for the joy that was set before Him; became the Author and Perfecter (Finisher) of our faith and is seated at the right hand of God Almighty” (Hebrews 12.2, emphasis added).
Christ was willing to confess His Father in public, to hang on the cross in public, to rise from the grave in public, to appear to His disciples in public, and when He ascended into Heaven He did that in public. If Christ’s ministry was done so others could see Who He was and Who He represented (God’ the Father), then why will we not as Paul says, “Profess our faith with our mouth?”
Is our problem that we do not want people to make fun of us? Do we not want people to think we are weird or crazy? Do we want to be part of the in crowd, the happening group? What is it that keeps us from sharing God’s good news with others? We are called to believe in our hearts and profess with our mouths unto salvation, so why will we not?
The gospel will never shame us, or let us down. God’s Word will never return unto Him void (Isaiah 55.11). When Christ asks us to do something, He will never let us fail, He will always see the task to completion (Philippians 1.6). So as Paul reminds us here, “Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Romans 10.11), let’s serve God with boldness trusting Him to the very end.
One final thought for this section of Romans. Paul again reminds us of God’s unmeasured love for all humanity, how He does not look upon us and judge us based on wealth, job, position, family, church, what we do, who we know, or how good or bad we are. God looks at us and says, “Has My Son’s blood covered them?” “Are they washed in the Blood of the Lamb?” God is no respecter of persons, in other words He does not care about anything thing except our hearts, and the choice we make or do not make in accepting His Son’s sacrifice.
There is no difference between Jew or Gentile—means all people of the world, for in God’s eyes these are the only two categories. Salvation is made available to all, Frist because, “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction” (Romans 3.22, ASV). Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, “Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2.21).
All who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Let us not misunderstand this verse, it is not to be taken out of context of the other verses nor to be used by itself. It means however, we can come to the Lord God alone, we do not need some intermediary to help us become a Christian. When God draws us to Himself, through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we can Admit we are a sinner (Psalms 51.4), Believe in our heart that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Romans 10.9-10) and Confess our sins before God (Romans 3.23, 5.8, 6.23; I John 1.9) and Ask Him into our life (John 3.16; Romans 10.13).
My God how awesome You are. Amazing You did not pick just some people to enjoy heaven but allow everyone who will say yes to Your Son’s free Gift. Lord help the courage I have to come out in me to share Your gospel today, to seize them and share without fear or shame. All this I pray in Your Son Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.
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