Let’s check out Romans 10:4-17 (NASB) re the outcomes of the gospel confession …
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who BELIEVES. For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. But the righteousness based on FAITH speaks as follows: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”–that is, the word of FAITH which we are preaching, that if you CONFESS with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be SAVED; for with the heart a person BELIEVES, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he CONFESSES, resulting in SALVATION.
So the first outcome revealed in this passage is that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, this will be divine evidence of your salvation. Remember it’s the work of Christ not your work that saves.
For the Scripture says, “Whoever BELIEVES IN Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be SAVED.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not BELIEVED? How will they BELIEVE IN Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
The second outcome revealed in this passage is that your gospel confession (and more specifically that of the preacher) is God’s means by which others come to believe in the name of Jesus … Lord help us to long for such beautiful feet!
However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So FAITH comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:4-17 (NASB)
And this last passage just reiterates the second outcome saying it on the basis of faith …
And we all should take confidence in this promise in Isaiah about the effectiveness of the word of Christ aka the word of God …
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (NASB)
Lord, thank you for this lesson on the outcomes of the gospel confession and the promise that Your word will accomplish all that You desire when You are the one sending it out!