But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13 NKJV)
We see this quote from scripture so often when people refer to salvation; and rightfully so. The true power of this passage though (as with any scripture) is to put it into context of the Bible and Hebrew traditions. Israel and the Jewish people were commanded in the old testament to sacrifice an animal as an offering to God for their sins. The animal sacrifice had to be pure to cover their sins. However, a beautiful twist to that story exists today. Jesus came and bore our sin, carried it to the cross and was the living sacrifice to carry that sin to the grave. However, Jesus overcame death and offers us eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
As mentioned in the scripture above, it is a personal choice of the heart whether or not to believe this and, once we do, it is our spoken word of confession that proves what’s in our heart. Our sin was made white as snow through our Salvation in Jesus Christ. Once saved, we are believers in Christ and what He has done – this doesn’t mean that we sin in the future knowing that we will be cleaned. On the contrary. Knowing the true ramifications of His offering should make us live for righteousness – God’s eyes are on righteousness always.
This was the single most important decision of my life because it changed me to seek and put God first. That drives my decisions for the better and I have found many blessings in that place. Thank You Lord for dying for our sins. I praise You for conquering death and rising again. You are my God and I am yours.