How To Be Saved

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 10:5-13

The biblical verb “to save” has two basic meanings. It can mean “to rescue” from danger or distress. A fireman rushes into a burning building and “saves” a frightened child. “To save” also can mean “to restore.” It is sometimes translated “to heal.” Jesus “saves” the leper, whose skin becomes pink and healthy again.

When it refers to God’s work in saving us, it gathers up both meanings. Through Christ’s dying and rising, God rescues us from condemnation. And, secondly, we are born anew as his beloved children.

But what must we do in order to be saved? Listen to this marvelous assurance: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (v. 13). Imagine that we simply call on his name and we are rescued, restored, and made right with God!

The “name,” Paul tells us, is the name of Jesus. We confess with our lips that Jesus is Lord, and we believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead. We trust him. We receive his gift. If you have done that, celebrate today the miracle that you have been saved. If you haven’t, call on Jesus now; he will save you.

PRAYER

We praise you, Lord, that you are ready to save everyone who calls on you. Amen.