Romans 10: 9 and 10

Big things, small package

“I do”.

With just two words the bride and groom enter into the promise of life ever together as a married couple.

Big things can begin with just a few words; marriage is an example. But even bigger: to go from death to life. Please give this song a listen, and come back for more on a few words that lead to Paradise.

Go from death to life

Romans 10:9 and 10 is a brief passage that can literally bring a person from death to life in Jesus Christ. The King James Version reads:

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.

Saved. Made whole. Everlasting life. Paradise. Don’t miss this one!

Lord” might be defined as “someone having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler”. The verse says you declare Jesus to be LORD. You recognize him as THE ONE who now has that position over you. Jesus has power and influence on your life. Jesus is your master, your ruler. You turn your eyes, your ears, and your heart to Jesus, and do what he tells you to do.

To confess with your mouth — whether in public or private, out loud or silently — means you say “I do” to Jesus as Lord. That moment begins life together forever with Jesus.

Romans 10 continues: “Believe God raised him from the dead.” Of course Jesus must be alive if he is going to direct us. We believe the Bible when it says Jesus died, and was raised again. HE’S ALIVE!

He’s alive.

Learn what Jesus is doing

The song’s second verse mentions II Timothy 2:15 which reads:

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

This verse uses unusual words — “study” and “rightly dividing” — (I suppose we could add “shew thyself” and “needeth”, but that’s just good old King Jimmy V talking.)

Study means to make a diligent effort, noting the brevity of time.

Rightly dividing” carries the meaning of “perfectly right cutting”. Here Paul is telling his young minister student, Timothy, that he needs to work fast, work hard, and work smart to learn what God’s word says AND learn what it means — to learn how the parts fit together.

By dealing with God’s word honestly and accurately, looking to please God and not men, the workman’s work earns God’s approval. Shame is avoided.

Give it time

Being married, being saved — such long commitments cannot be lived out all at once. They take time. They take learning, course corrections. They take “hanging in there”.

People can hang in there for a long time if the promise — the hope — of rewards is bright enough. The song’s third verse points to I Thessalonians, which includes these words in chapter 4:

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

It takes lots longer to read those six verses in I Thessalonians carefully than it takes to sing the third verse of our little song. But — PLEASE — DO take the time to pack the understanding of these verses from Thessalonians (and Romans, and Timothy) into your head and heart. THEN … as you go through your day and sing this little song, you can remember WHO you are, HOW to learn to live it, and WHAT is in it for you in the bright days to come.

FIREWORKS anywhere, anytime — just by loading our minds with these great truths from the Bible — and letting a little one-minute song bubble through our day.

God bless you lots!
-Dale R.

LYRICS: Romans: 10 9 and 10

Romans 10, 9 and 10
I believed it once and then
I got a life that will never end.
I’ve got Christ in me.

Second Timothy 2:15:
I’m not ashamed of anything.
My way is cut so straight and clean;
I know my Father’s will.

First Thessalonians comforts me;
In the twinkling of an eye we all will be
Gathered together eternally,
Forever with the Lord.

And it’s all because of …
Romans 10: 9 and 10;
I believed it once and then
I got a life that will never end.
I’ve got Christ in me.

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One Reply to “Romans 10: 9 and 10”

  1. Julia Witchard

    Good early morning mr Dale, “AWESOME “… OUR FATHER JESUS IS MY EVERYTHING, I lifted up my eyes into the hills, from whence cometh my , HELP”, Mr Dale, this weeks ” Sermon ” really cut to the core of my soul, we were in a hotel for nearly three weeks waiting on an apartment, I ask MY FATHER JESUS TO GUIDE Us, And Mr Dale, HE DID , THROUGH OUR FATHER THE HOLY SPIRIT……….mr dale u ask what verses I would like for u to put into a song , I would have to say all of them, because they all were so inspiring, …..thanks Mr Dale and keep working for OUR FATHER JESUS, Through your songs and sermons… blessed, Mr Dale, Be Very Blessed…


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