MONDAY, JUNE 5
SCRIPTURE: Romans 10
Romans 9 has a lot to say about the sovereignty of God. Romans 10 has as much to say about the responsibility of man. God is the Sovereign King of the Universe. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present. He is able to do whatever it is that He wills to do. And yet, He gave man a free will. He gave man the ability to choose Him or reject Him. And when it comes to salvation, God has chosen not to override the free will of man.
In other words, it is plainly God’s will for everyone to be saved. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. For God so loved the world… God is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. And yet not everyone will be saved. Why? God gave every human a free will to accept or reject the offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.
As this chapter opens, you see where Israel, as a nation, was zealous for God but continued in their ignorance when it came to knowing how they could have a relationship with God. They created their own righteousness and rejected the righteousness of God. They were given the commandments that Galatians 3:24 says were intended to be a “school master” to lead them to Jesus. But as a nation, the Jewish people rejected Jesus. They exercised their free will and refused the good gift of salvation that God freely offered them.
The irony is when you get to verse 9 God has made salvation so easy to have. The person just have to believe a couple of truths about Jesus (He is Lord and God raised Him from the dead) and you can be saved. If we believe and confess Jesus to be Lord, we can be saved.
Just the other day I was having a conversation with a gentleman about his salvation. I asked him if he was saved. He said that he was. I asked him if he knew where he would spend eternity. He said he hoped he would go to heaven. I talked with him a bit about the difference in hoping you would go to heaven and knowing you would go to heaven.
Then he asked me the question. He said, “How do you know if you did it right when you asked Jesus to save you?” We had a bit of a conversation about that that I think helped both of us. But his question, nonetheless, needs to be answered.
How do you know if you did it right when you asked Jesus to save you? The answer is God has made it so simple for any of us and all of us to be saved. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth. Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and ask Him to save you. That simple.
In fact, anyone who tries to add anything to that has corrupted the gospel. As important as baptism is, if we make baptism necessary for salvation we have corrupted the gospel. As important as church membership is, if we make church membership necessary for salvation we have corrupted the gospel. As important as moral living is, if we make moral living necessary for salvation, we have corrupted the gospel. The only thing necessary for salvation is Jesus. Everything else might be important later on. But the only thing necessary for salvation is Jesus.
And the good news is He really will save any and all who call upon His name.
What a glorious Savior!