Romans 10:9-13         EHV

Romans 10:9-13         EHV

February 19, 2021 – Friday

Romans 10:9-13         EHV

Certainly, 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 with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and it is with the mouth that a person confesses, resulting in salvation. 

11 For Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” 

12 So there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord is Lord of all, who gives generously to all who call on Him. 

13 Yes, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Comment

You may notice I have chosen the EHV, Evangelical Heritage Version for today and wonder why the switch. It is because the two quotes above in the New Testament line up with the Old Testament that Paul is quoting. In verse 11 he quotes Isaiah 28:16 where the last part reads, Whoever believes will not be put to shame. And in verse 13 he quotes Joel 2:32 where the first part reads, And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Nice to have the quotes actually follow the verses quoted.

The verses above are incredibly powerful. They are all about salvation and how it is accomplished. As Paul says in verse 9, Certainly, 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. How simple and straight forward. The sentence is a bit backwards as you would have to believe in your heart before you could confess with your mouth. What is it you are to believe in your heart? Namely that God raised Jesus from the dead and as a result you are able to confess Jesus is Lord. Then in the very next verse Paul states, For it is with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and it is with the mouth that a person confesses, resulting in salvation to make sure there is no confusion concerning what he has said prior.  

Paul never fails to use Old Testament scripture to buttress his argument when he is addressing Jews as well as Gentiles. So he now quotes Isaiah 28:16 in verse 11, Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame so he can use the Everyone to say in the very next verse So there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord is Lord of all, who gives generously to all who call on Him.

At the same time Paul is doing his best to convince his fellow Jews, he never backs away from the message that Jesus is for Jew and Gentile alike as So there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord is Lord of all, who gives generously to all who call on Him. Then to drive his point home he quotes Joel 2:32, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved once again using the Old Testament to show Jesus is for Jew and Gentile alike.

Paul’s mastery of Scripture leaves no room for doubt that Jesus is for all of us – Everyone! It is a message of great hope for Jew and Gentile alike. The gift of Grace is available for Everyone or as Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:14-16, Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. Believe!

Prayer: Heavenly Father – Thank You for the gift of eternal life for believing You raised Jesus on the third day. Because of my sins I needed a savior for salvation, and You provided Your Son. And I confess He is my Lord. Thank You again for this wonderful gift of Grace. – In Jesus name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton