For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 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); 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 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. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
by: Jasmine Lynch.
We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. When confronted with all the facts, the many witnesses who saw Jesus after the crucifixion, and eleven of twelve Apostles (counting Paul) were willing to die as martyrs for their convictions. Yet, there are so many who refuse to accept Jesus as the Christ, the Redeemer, and the Savior. This confession is necessary for us to have eternal life (v.9). Why, when presented with a clear message of the need for a Savior, do individuals, especially young people who want to live forever, refuse to come to the altar and accept Christ?