Romans 10:9-13 is a straight-up recipe for gettin’ saved!
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 it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NLT)
Paul explains it (here, to the Romans) so simply- and just as Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so is His promise to us: that we can spend eternity with Him! Praise God!
Two things are required for salvation.
First, belief in one’s heart that God raised Jesus from the dead: by believing that Jesus died to rescue us from the depths of destruction and eternal darkness and that He was raised up by God’s hand to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament.
Second, confession: by openly professing our brokenness and Jesus’ saving grace, we are required to confess with our words that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of mankind.
That’s it! God laid the foundation throughout ancient times to prepare for us a perfect way to reconcile with Him! 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 explains His perfect plan:
Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (NLT)
How awesome is that?!?