Simplicity and Availability

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

Romans 10:9-13 (NLT)
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him.
13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

This text expresses two great truths of the Good News: it’s simplicity and its availability. It’s simplicity is seen in the way it is received by the sinner. Paul says that two things are required to receive salvation. First we must confess it, and then we have to believe it. To “confess” it means to verbalize on the outside what God has already done on the inside. This does two important things, it confirms to others what God has done in your life and reminds the Devil that he has lost. One of my favorite verses from Revelation is Rev. 12:11, “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.” It tells not only those around you but also the Devil that I am the property of Jesus! The second thing we must do is believe in our heart. This is more than just an intellect ascent but also a statement of trust and surrender. When Paul talked about the heart he was referring to “the causative source of a person’s psychological life in its various aspects, but with special emphasis upon thoughts – ‘heart, inner self, mind'” (Louw and Nidda, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Symantic Domains). It means to totally give ourselves to the great truth of Gospel. However, the other aspect that we take from this text is its great availability. Paul says, “For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’” No one who willingly accepts and acts upon the truths of the Gospel will be turned away. It doesn’t matter what you social status is or who your parents were. God accepts anyone who will receive Him. As John wrote, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). Simplicity and availability are two tremendous gifts of the Good News.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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