The first thing I can remember, when someone asks me if they might be “saved” or not, is Romans 10.
It’s so plain and simple and smooth as fresh asphalt.
It’s also the first reading today in our Church’s Liturgy.
9 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. 10 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. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. 18But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”
The greatest promise God ever made to us is embodied in the above text.
So, the next time you, or someone you care about, doubts their chance at salvation take them for a ride on Romans Road.
I know every time I take the trip, it’s like driving my car on a freshly laid road.
Everything looks so beautiful.