“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.Romans 10: 9-10
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouththat you profess your faith and are saved.”
Perhaps the greatest promise in all of Scripture to the believer is found in this passage. We should not ignore how scandalously simple the invitation to eternal life is. Of course, this invitation to salvation is one of the biggest things the church has struggled with since it was written. We try to justify, create, or work our way into eternity. But salvation is birthed in confessing and believing – not in works or deeds. The physical act of saying out loud that ‘Jesus is Lord’ and the heart act of believing that God raised Christ from the dead is an affront to our mortal justification to receive salvation.
The promise of salvation is beautiful and humbling. The invitation is for all the people. It is an invitation that can take place in a prison cell or in a cathedral, in a bedroom or in a prayer group, on the street or in a revival tent meeting. For me it was in a cabin with my parents when I was five, and a rededication of my heart at a Bible camp when I was 13. The reality is that no matter where you are or who you are, the gift of salvation is readily available to those who confess and believe. Simple. To the point. Glorious. This promise is real and it is available right now.