Jesus is Lord: Romans 10:4-13
Romans ch.10 stands as probably one of the clearest and most important texts in all of Scripture. This is not only because he is dealing with the salvation of the believer (other texts also do) but also because Paul is going out of his way here to juxtapose the importance of his salvation message, with that of the Mosaic Covenant given on Sinai. He does this by quoting Deut. 30:12-14, where Moses after the giving of the Law, admonishes the Jewish people to not pretend that they needed someone to go to heaven, or across the sea to bring back the Lords message to them. The law and the convenant had been given at Mt.Sinai, they had no need to look elsewhere. Now, Paul, making it clear that Christ has put an end to the law for righteousness, is saying that there is a new message being preached by which all men must be saved, and that the message was about faith, not works. But what is that message, what is the faith we are to believe?
Paul then writes these important words; “this is the word of faith (the message) we preach,”
Did you get that? You don’t have to come to me to find out what the Apostles preached. Nor do you need to join some secret organization or group or find a modern day prophet. If you have a Bible, the Apostles message is right in front of you, in Romans chapter ten.
Paul then says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.
Pretty simple isn’t it? And you don’t need an angel to bring it down from heaven, or a boat to go across the sea to retrieve it.
Paul goes out of his way to explain what he means by confessing with our mouths, “the Lord Jesus Christ”, and believing that he was raised from the dead. He says that when we believe in our hearts that God has raised him from the dead, we are believing on the foundation Stone that the Lord laid in Zion. (Is.28:16 quoted in Rom.10:11) And when we confess the Lord Jesus with our mouths we are calling on the name of the Lord. Paul, by quoting Joel 2:32 in this chapter of Romans;
“For, whoever calls on the name of the LORD will be saved” ,(Rom 10 vs.13)
is clearly implying that confessing Jesus as Lord is synonymous with calling on the name of YWVH, the the LORD or God of the Old Testament. There was no doubt in Joel’s mind as to who he was calling on, and neither should there be an in ours.
Another evidence of Jesus’ equality of essence with the Father as God is that here in Romans 10:9, Paul says, “God has raised him from the dead”. Yet, in John ch.2:19, Jesus said, “Tear down this temple and in three days I will raise it up”. After which John tells us that,”He was speaking of his body.” Jesus says the same thing in John 10:17, 18 when he says, “I lay down my life that I may take it up again.” and, ” I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it up.” Jesus experienced separation from his body when he physically died on the cross, but he never ceased to exist. Jesus is not just our Savior; He is our Lord and Creator. And He alone has the power over death and corruption and has promised to raise all those who have trusted Him, so that death while still awful and painful , no longer has the sting and power over us it once had. So that even in our grief, we have hope and in death we have the promise of life. It may not be politically correct to say so, but no other faith can offer this promise. Have you trusted in Him yet? It’s not complicated or tough, and you will face death in this fallen world sooner or later, it’s unavoidable. But hell is not.
Have a great day.