19th May 2019

I Believe

“…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart the God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:9 (ESV)

I believe many things. I believe the sun will rise each morning and set in the evening. I believe the stars are too numerous to count. I believe water is wet and fire is hot, and that apples are the best fruit God created. Of course, I grew up on an apple orchard, so I may be a bit biased.

I also believe if people became more selfless, many of the problems in the world would be alleviated. I believe in marriage and love. And I believe in a God who loves me and wants the best for me. Not only do I believe in who God is, but also in what he promises—salvation to those who believe. Let’s look at what apostle Paul says: “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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Romans 10:9-10).

So is it because of our belief and confession that we become saved? Think of it this way—though I believe that the sun will rise and set, that does not make it true or more real. I could go around believing that the sun does not rise or set. But that would not change the truth and reality of what the sun is doing. In the same way, my belief or confession in Jesus’ sacrifice for all humanity doesn’t make it true or real. The confessing with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing what God has done through him is saying yes to God’s ‘yes’ for me. I‘m just responding to his response for me. It is confessing Jesus has done everything for me. He has forgiven me, he has redeemed me; he has reconciled me to the Father, who has adopted me. He has proven his love for me in his life, death, resurrection and ascension—all of which he says he went through for me. And the good news continues: “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:12).

My hope is that you come to understand the reality that Jesus loves you, died for you, and has already saved you. Not because of anything you or I have done, but because of what he has already done. For Jews, Greeks, slave, free, male, female, young or old. This, I believe, is Good News for all.

Holy Father, belief alone to us can seem insufficient, but this is what you assure us is what is necessary. So we ask for your help in our unbelief. And this we ask in Jesus’ name.

Study by Greg Williams

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ ( https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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