"For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord, and believe in your own heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).
Many years ago, God clearly led me in the preparation, planning and production of a little booklet called the Four Spiritual Laws. Still widely used today, its volume of copies to date might well be second only to the Bible itself. More than a billion copies have been distributed and one can reasonably conclude that many millions have received Christ as a result of reading its message.
In something so succinct, it of course was impossible to include all of the appropriate Scriptures under each of the four laws. This verse for today, Romans 10:9, is one of those that might have been used with the Law Four, for it fits in well with the wording:
"We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives."
The three passages used (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8,9; Revelation 3:20) clearly direct the seeker after God. And of course this verse in Romans clearly confirms all that the other passages affirm.
Two conditions precede salvation, the apostle Paul is saying to the church in Rome: (1) "Tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord," and (2) "Believe in your own heart that God has raised Him from the dead." Simple, yet significant and meaningful, are these two preparatory steps.
As you share your faith with others today and in the days to come, recall with joy these two simple conditions that must be met.
Today's Action Point
"Dear Lord, I thank You with all of my heart for the simplicity of the gospel and, with the enabling of the Holy Spirit, I will share this good news with all who will listen."