Romans 10 Lesson

Faith And Salvation

FAITH AND SALVATION

If you are ready to tackle the big questions about faith and salvation, then Romans Chapter 10 is for you!

In this chapter, Paul writes about salvation and how it is obtained.   He also tells us how to increase our faith, which is important because, without faith, there is no salvation.  

Before moving on to Romans Chapter 10, we will quickly look back on Chapter 9.  Paul writes:  

  • “But Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.   Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works.” – Romans 9:31-32.

This scripture drives home the point that it is by faith, and not works, that we are saved.

CONFESSING JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR 

In Romans Chapter 10, Paul talks about the importance of confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior:

  • “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10.

As disciples of Jesus, we are never to be ashamed of the Gospel.   Confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior shows our faith outwardly, while the belief in our heart shows our faith inwardly.

OTHER MATTERS OF SALVATION

In Virtual Bible Study’s Lesson entitled, “What Must I Do To Be Saved?” there are five things identified that we must do to be saved:

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ .” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. – Mathew 7:21

WHAT ABOUT WORKS?

As Christians, we must let go of the concept that we can gain salvation through our own works, and instead accept the gift of Jesus. As humans, it is hard to fathom how a gift so valuable could be freely given to the entire world. That is the wonderment of the grace that we have in God the Father, and God the Son.

And while we are not saved by our works, our faith must compel us to act. Consider the following two scriptures:

  1. “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves .” – James 1:22,
  2. “Faith without works is dead ,” - James 2:26,
  3. “But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’” - James 2:18.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT FAITH

Because faith plays such a critical role in our salvation, it is imperative that we understand faith.  As always, our source for better understanding is the Bible. Consider the following five scriptures about faith:

  1. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and  that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6,
  2. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1,
  3. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9,
  4. “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” - Galatians 2:16,
  5. “For we walk by faith, not by sight .” - 2 Corinthians 5:7.

HOW TO OBTAIN FAITH

Faith is necessary for salvation; the scriptures tell us that.  But how do we obtain it?

Is faith something that we are born with, or is it something we acquire?

The answer is found in the following scripture:

  • “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

Reading the Bible increases our faith. The more we read it, the stronger our faith will become. Look at the example of Jesus. Jesus would often go to a quiet place to pray to His Father and to study the scriptures. If Jesus believed this was important, so should we!

CONCLUSION

 It is our faith in Jesus that saves us, not the works that we do. Our faith, however, is useless unless it compels us to act.

According to the Bible, there are five things that we must do to be saved:

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ .” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. – Mathew 7:21

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6.

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Pat Dermody

It’s wonderful to see someone’s eyes light up when you simply smile at them.

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Kyle

It is great to stop and appreciate the pictures that you post every day. God is The Master Artist!

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Michael

"Leave no stone unturned when it comes to our salvation."

That seems so obvious, but sometimes I think that maybe we do not take enough time to evaluate whether or not we have done all that we need to do to be saved. Yes, we are saved by grace, but as this lesson points out, we play an active role, not a passive one, in our salvation.

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Pat Dermody

During these turbulent days it is great to smile and isn’t it great when they smile back.! . Even during these difficult days, we can all find SOMETHING to be happy about. If you’re out hiking or running on a trail, then you’re probably in reasonably good health. While outside we can admire all that God created, especially this time of the year when all of nature springs to life.
So in Romans we are reminded to spread the Good News and maybe it begins with a smile.

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John

On a personal note, I wanted to share with you the power of a smile during this worldwide pandemic. I was out for a hike (not crowded - social distancing, etc.) and as I would occasionally pass another person that happened upon this quiet trail, I noticed that nobody was smiling. It is my routine to hike every other day. This pattern went on for several days when I realized that I myself was not smiling.

Because of Jesus, I have great hope and great peace, but I wasn't necessarily displaying that.

I came across one runner who smiled and it really lifted my spirits. So I decided to smile whenever possible as I passed others. I felt better and hope they saw His light shining in my smile.

Never underestimate the power of a smile.

To God be the glory.

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John

Beautiful thoughts and pictures of God's creation.

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