As Christians, we all tell the world that we are saved through the atoning work of Jesus the Christ. To the world, they don’t really have a clue as to the depth of that statement, and sometimes when I look at what we call church today, I wonder if any of us truly understand it. Two particular scriptures come to mind:
“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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” Romans 10:9-10.
Now, if this simply means that you claim that Jesus died for your sins and you believe it, and you go through the process of water baptism and that means you are saved and you are going to Heaven, then every single individual who calls themselves Christian are guaranteed access into the presence of God.
Is it that simple? Not at all. Remember the many instances in the book of Acts where people who were demon possessed followed around after the apostles proclaiming that they were the servants of God? I am pretty sure that what God is asking of us has to go further than what demonic forces will do. In verse 10 where it says, “man through the heart believes unto righteousness” that is the key that we all need to put on a string and keep around our neck and never lose sight of. It is one thing to believe, but it is another thing to believe unto righteousness, and I understand that to be expressing that our belief will be proven through tangible good which exhibits the spirit of God dwelling in us as the temple of God. Even though the demons would proclaim that Christ was the Son of God and truly understood that, it will never lead to them doing good and having love.
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” Matthew 24:13. Just because you confess that Jesus is Lord with your mouth doesn’t mean you will sit in the presence of God. That is a great place to start, but it’s becoming more abundantly clear that it is simply the first step on a proverbial 1000-mile journey. We have to make it through the entire test of life and when it is all said and done, if we endure until the end, we will be saved. Are you at your end? If the answer is no then continue to walk in all humility, faith and repentance before God because we all clearly see what the scripture says. Right?