Romans 10:9-10: “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.”
So many times we want to make things complicated. Our minds move toward religion and we start adding to the basic gospel message. Our minds want to add things that are not there. Our minds say that easy is not good and we somehow want or even need to fix this thing. When Paul was telling a young pastor the basics of the faith he used simple terms. Paul said, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory” (1 Tim 3:16). Wow, that was a simple message! Paul does the same thing here in Romans. Paul presents the simple formula to salvation, “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.” But wait, what about the sinners prayer, or what about walking down the aisle, or what about baptism? We as humans want to add to God’s simple message of salvation. In reality, the more we add, the more we take away. The Bible is very clear on how one becomes a Christ-follower. It is a simple instruction that was given by Paul. 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. Salvation’s formula is: Jesus + nothing = Salvation! It is all about Jesus! Why such a simple message? It is simply because He loves us so much and wants to have a relationship with you. In addition, it is a simple message so that if you are already a Christ-follower you can tell others how to have a relationship with God. Our faith is not a complicated one. It is also not an undemanding one. Once you make that choice Jesus said, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
Application – The formula for salvation is an easy one for everybody.
Challenge - Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead. Tell someone today God’s simple plan of salvation.
Old Testament: psalm 90-92 New Testament Romans 11:1-21