5 Moses writes about how the law could help a person do what God requires. He writes, “The person who does these things will live by them.” (Leviticus 18:5) 6 But the way to do what God requires must begin by having faith in him. Scripture says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will go up into heaven?’ ” (Deuteronomy 30:12) That means to go up into heaven and bring Christ down. 7 “And do not say, ‘Who will go down into the grave?’ ” (Deuteronomy 30:13) That means to bring Christ up from the dead. 8 But what does it say? “The message is near you. It’s in your mouth and in your heart.” (Deuteronomy 30:14) This means the message about faith that we are preaching. 9 Say with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.” Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved. 10 With your heart you believe and are made right with God. With your mouth you say what you believe. And so you are saved. 11 Scripture says, “The one who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (Isaiah 28:16) 12 There is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is Lord of all. He richly blesses everyone who calls on him. 13 Scripture says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Joel 2:32)
It’s no good if I say all the right things, but God’s word isn’t in my heart. Neither is it any good if I believe in him passionately in my heart but never express that in word and action. Neither superficial nor secret: It has to be both fundamental to my innermost core and outwardly expressed in my life.
Belief in my heart is essential to coming into a right relationship with God. Speaking out that truth is essential to being saved for eternal life.
Similarly James 2:26 says that I’m kidding myself if I think I have faith in my heart but it’s not expressed in how I act. Galatians 5:22-3 says that the Holy Spirit in my heart is inevitably expressed as his character in my life.
I’m challenged by the importance of speaking out the truth about Jesus. I’m also encouraged that God’s promises are for everyone. What I say needs to be sensitive, but it will never be useless.
Written by David Cornell