5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the Law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?'” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or “‘Who will descend into the abyss?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the Word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, 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 with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” (ESV)
The Necessity of the Way of Righteousness:
- It’s not through Faultless Conduct
You cannot attain righteousness on the basis of keeping the Law of God perfectly. The more you try, the more you fail. The weakness of the Law is our own weakness.
- It’s Through Faith in Christ
a. Paul warns us what we must say or think:
The wild boastings in the text is not the way to attain righteousness. Jesus is not like the lost ark of the Covenant for you to discover.
b. Paul tells us what we must see:
The Word is near you – the Word of faith that Jesus has already come down from heaven, has died and opened His eyes when He was resurrected. He lives and is present where His people are gathered – and is here to speak to us.
What are you doing with the Word?
He said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no-one comes to God but through Him.
- It’s Forthright and Clear
The way is clear and transparent in the Bible. If you believe, knowing certain things, accenting to and trusting in it, you will be saved.
Intellectual commitment – God offers to save us having died for our sins and was raised for our justification.
- It’s Finally Confirmed
You must believe with you heart and confess with your mouth.
- It’s Firmly Commended
Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved.
Salvation is for everyone.
I’m a Christian because I’m not good enough not to be one. The same applies to you.
Sin ought to drive us not away from Christ, but to Him, because He came to save sinners. Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.