Romans 10. Forum Discussion

How to obtain salvation

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

In this chapter, Paul writes about salvation and how it is obtained. He also talks about faith and how to increase our faith.

Looking back on Romans chapter 9, Paul quotes the prophet Isaiah as follows, “Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, ‘Though the number of sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved; for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, thoroughly and quickly.’”

In Romans 9:31-32 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.”

These scriptures really drive home the point that it is by faith, and not works, that we are saved.

Now in chapter 10, Paul lays out two criteria for being saved:

  1. “Confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord.” – Romans 10:9 (a)
  2. “Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.” – Romans 10:9 (b)

“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

This leads to two very important questions regarding salvation.

  1. Are confessing Jesus as Lord and believing in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead the only two criteria for being saved?
  2. What about baptism?

Acts 2:38 says, “ Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 3:21 says, “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.”

Mark 16:16 says, “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

Different denominations have taken different stances on what are, “Matters of salvation.”

As always, it is best to let the scriptures speak for themselves. Jesus Himself was baptized. When John the Baptist questioned why Jesus was being baptized, Jesus replied, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” – Mathew 3:15

Continuing on in Mathew 3:16-17, “ After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Moving on to the second topic of today’s study, let’s look at faith and how the Bible says we can increase our faith.

For today’s lesson, let’s quickly review some of the scriptures that talk about faith in the Bible:

  • “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
  • “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
  • “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.” - Galatians 5:6

Understanding the critical role that faith plays in our salvation leads to the important question, “How do we obtain faith?”

The answer is found in Romans 10:17:

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (New American Standard translation)

The King James translates Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Reading the Bible is how we increase our faith, and faith is necessary for salvation.

Jesus often went to a quiet place to pray to His Father and to study the scriptures.

The more you study the Bible, the greater your faith will become.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Romans 11 and how by the transgressions of the Israelites salvation came to the Gentiles. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Virtual Bible Study

How important is it to always be growing in our faith?

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Virtual Bible Study

It is very important. We never know what Satan is going to throw our way. God will allow us to suffer adversity to teach us and strengthen us. "God disciplines those that He loves." - Hebrews 12:6.

Jesus often went to a quiet place to study and/or pray. If Jesus thought it was a good use of His time, certainly more so for us.

To be the best version of ourselves and glorify God as much as possible while on earth, we should always be studying, asking questions and putting our faith into practice.

When we are judged, it will all be worth it, as we will be with our Father and His Son in paradise forever!

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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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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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Beautiful thoughts and pictures of God's creation.

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