The demands of God’s righteousness
“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:8-10).
Beloved, our Lord, who brought salvation to us, brought it on a platter of gold, so easy that we do not work for it. We do not have to go either to heaven or to Hades to lay hold of salvation, but that the word is nigh us, in our mouth. Our tongue is one of the greatest gifts God has placed at our command. We just need to raise our tongue up and down, having our faith in the word and nourishing it in our heart and openly confessing it, then we will found ourselves in another transformation.
Are you looking for salvation? Or have you been told that you must pay before salvation is granted to you? I bring good news to you — salvation is FREE. There is no occasion to seek high or low for the saving power, the word of reconciliation is nigh. The way of salvation is now both plain and easy. The doctrine of salvation is nigh thee, and the saving influence is at hand, it is in thy mouth, easy to be understood, and professed. And in thy heart, if you are upright before God and sincerely desiring to be saved on His own terms and not striving to establish your own method of justification by the law, but submitting to the method of justification, which God has devised, you shall have your salvation.
Prov. 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”Beloved, the mouth is the outlet of the mind. Whatever that goes out of it is the picture of your inner self. A good percentage of what you are in this world and what you will be in the world after is determined by what you use your tongue for now. If you believe in Christ Jesus, you are expected to confess your faith through your mouth, and thus show obligation to your Redeemer for what He has done on the Calvary.
There can be no claim of Christianity, where there is no willingness to confess the Lord Jesus. Those who never profess any religion have none, for there is no true attachment to faith unless we are willing, on all proper occasions, to avow it. If you claim to be a Christian, your claim will be very doubtful if there is too much pride in you, if you are in love with the things of the world and if you are ashamed to confess it in the midst of friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Salvation is confirmed, when you declare in all proper occasions your belief of the truth, your unwavering adherence to them in all persecutions, oppositions, and trials. He, who praises the Lord in the open, reverences Him. He who associates with Christians, acts with them in the prayer meeting, in the sanctuary, and in deeds of benevolence, does it. He, who is baptised, and commemorates the death of the Lord Jesus, does it. And he, who leads a humble, prayerful and spiritual life, does it. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
If you can acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ openly as the only Saviour, believe in your heart that He died for your offences and has been raised for your justification, and then decisively decide to depend solely on Him for that justification, you shall be saved. Remember that the belief must not be only a mental assent, but a belief that brings the whole man into loving trust and obedience to Christ. If you have not done this, you are not yet saved and are not a Christian.