“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God had raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” –Romans 10:9-10
LIGHT FOR NOW: Salvation is purely the work of God.
The ‘how’ of salvation is in reference to how a man is saved. This is very vital to know because though Jesus died for all to be saved, yet all are not saved, hence the need for preaching the gospel. Jesus sacrifice has made everybody fit for salvation, but that does not mean that everybody is saved. Salvation is purely the work of God; however human choice is needed for it to be received. Salvation cannot be forced on anybody; one therefore has a responsibility to the choice of either accepting what Christ has done or rejecting what Christ has done. Paul stated in 1Timothy 2:4 “who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth”. If his will is that all men should be saved, then it is clear that all men are not yet saved. So how is a man saved? Salvation is not “I gave my life to Christ” or “come and give your life to Christ”because the unsaved man is a dead man and a dead man has no life to give. Ephesians 2:1-2 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespass and sins; wherein in time past you walk according to the course of this world…”. The unsaved man is the one in need of life; it is not Jesus that is in need of life. In salvation you don’t give your life to Christ, Christ was the one who gave his life for you; rather you receive the life of Christ.
The unsaved man is not the giver; Jesus is the giver while the unsaved man is the recipient of what Jesus gives (eternal life which has the capacity to raise a man from spiritual death to spiritual life). More so, salvation is not to surrender all to Jesus. You are not the one who surrendered all, it was Jesus who did. How? Brother Paul in Romans 8:32 said he gave (that is delivered) himself for us all. You didn’t surrender all for him, he surrendered all for you. He had to become a man for your sake. He had to become sin; he had to become poor and he became an accursed thing because of you. When you understand this, you will not think you are trying to do God a favor; it is God doing you good. Apostle Paul gives us a lead in Romans 10:9-10 to how a man is saved. He said if you shall confess with your mouth and believe in your heart the Lord Jesus, you shall be saved. That is salvation. The day a man’s heart and mouth is in agreement to what Jesus had donefor him, that is the day that man was saved. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Rest in what Jesus has done for you.
PRAYER: Father, Thank you for the gift of redemption, In Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Salvation is not you doing God good, salvation is God doing you good.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10