“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9–10, NIV)
This passage is the wonderful message of salvation. It is a work of God himself who alone can do this. Other passages of Scripture confirm this truth:
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” (1 John 2:1–2, NLT)
Note that Jesus alone is the sacrifice for our sins. Nothing else is needed; He is the full satisfaction for the payment of our sin. This truth is further stated in Hebrews:
“Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3, NKJV)
God’s acceptance of us is solely the work of Christ. God’s justification is a gift from him that we must receive by faith.
“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8:33, NKJV)
“Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:12–13, NKJV)
Yes, God himself has qualified us, delivered us, and transported us into the kingdom of his Son. How thankful and grateful we should be!
Once we receive the gift of salvation by faith, we are free to serve him where he has placed us. But salvation is just the beginning. We must then become a CONVERTERLATOR to make sure we are taking our position of play on the field of life to help fulfill the Great Commission.
Today, ask yourself:
Am I experiencing the freedom God wants me to experience, so I can fill the position he has for me on the field of life?