Revised and re-posted below are two previous blog entries connected with today’s Verse of the Day:
It has been said that God is no respecter of persons. The scriptures make this clear. When God displayed His love and opened the way of salvation to the Gentiles, “Peter opened his mouth, and said, ‘Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons’ (Acts 10:34). Romans 2:11 reiterates this truth: “For there is no respect of persons with God.”
God, however, is a respecter of conditions. Many times the terms of condition are expressed by the use of “if.” Throughout the Bible we find “If . . . then” phrases whereby God has set up “If . . . then” statements” that reveal promises God that will fulfill if we do our part.
A previous blog entry discussed the phrase “If we. . .” followed by “then God” as indicated in 1 John which speaks of fellowship with God and with other believers. 1 John 3:6-10 begin with the conditional clause “if we” followed by a verb: “If we say…, if we walk…, if we say…, if we confess…, if we say….” These expressions establish the conditions which if met on our part, will result in a corresponding action on God’s part. These two parts of the conditional sentences are especially noted in 1 John 1:9. If we do our part, which is confess our sins, our faithful and just God will do His part, which is “to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Nowhere are such terms of condition more clearly expressed than in the Verse of the Day for April 18, 2016 where the crux of salvation is displayed in Romans 10:9-10 (Amplified Bible):
Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
Here is the familiar rendering of the King James Version of Romans 10:9-10:
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.
Listen to a contemporary scripture memory song of Romans 10:9 by JumpStart3
Indeed, Romans 10:9-10 is the ultimate expression of the conditional terms: “If . . . then.”