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Empty Cross Ministries
February 24, 2021
Daily Devotion in Romans 10
How to be Saved!
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
Next to John 3:16, Romans 10:9 is one of the most memorized and recited verses in the Bible. Within the Roman’s verse, its 29 words contain a message that has changed the lives of billions and saved countless souls from Hell. It includes God’s directions for being saved from the agonizing wage of our sins.
An essential step in salvation is confessing. “Confess” is to “own, avow or acknowledge. To publically declare a belief in and adherence to” (Webster, 1828). We are to acknowledge that Jesus, God’s only son, is alive. He is not dead. He has risen from the dead. Because Jesus did the “impossible” by getting the victory over death, He made it possible for Himself to be the payment for all our sins.
Unlike other religious leaders, whose remains are still on this Earth, Jesus did what no other man could do. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and on the third day, He rose from the dead by the power of God. There are no remains of His body left on this Earth because He is still alive.
If the truth of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, His death, burial, and resurrection are believed in one’s heart, that person is saved. A person can be assured of a home in Heaven after death.
Believing Jesus paid for our sins with His death is admitting that there is nothing we can do that can earn us a way to Glory. He paid for our sins with His blood.
Saying we believe in Jesus and still hoping our good works outnumber our bad deeds is not trusting in Jesus Christ’s work alone for our salvation. It is adding something to what He did.
The devil believes in Jesus because he has talked to Him, so believing Jesus exists is not enough. What is “enough” is trusting by faith that Jesus won the victory over death, and that He is the payment for our sins. It is believing with our heart that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. He is our hope. That is a total belief in Jesus. With this belief, we can be saved from what is due to us: the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). Believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins, confess Him before men, and you can have God’s promise of eternity with Him in Heaven
Words to Understand:
Gainsaying: Disagreeing; refusing
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 ¶ For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.