God of Jew and Gentile
A Sermon on Romans 10:11-13
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (ESV)
How does someone receive salvation? Paul says in Romans 10:11-13 that the first principle of salvation is belief, and more specifically, belief in Christ Jesus. Paul just told the church in Rome that they must confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord, and now he says that they must believe in Him. All who believe will never be put to shame! Although the Law and the devil may work against us, the Lord has conquered all these things so that nothing in the whole cosmos could shame us. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that this specific passage thoroughly and completely emphasizes that salvation and belief are open to whoever calls on Christ, meaning that it equally applies to the Jews and the Gentiles. All men are born under Adam, which means that all people groups are under the same condemnation. Paul is sharing that despite what they previously thought, the Jews have no special standing in regard to salvation. The hope is that all people are able to be saved by believing in Christ. Once that is done, God’s salvation is perfect and secure for all eternity.