Kent Crumpler (9 Dec 2010)
"Belief and Obedience to the Gospel"

 
I am aware of what Paul the apostle spoke of in Romans Chapter 10 concerning salvation. Yes, most of it is about believing and confession that Jesus was raised from the dead by God and whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved, etc, etc. However, what I want to point out is that there is more to these scriptures and why he spoke mostly to believing.
 
This whole chapter concerns the Israelites (Jews) who did not believe in Jesus; they had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
 
Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
 
Paul is very aware of the principle of obedience to the gospel of Christ for salvation. In the same chapter in verse 16 look at what he said:
 
Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For E-sai-as saith, Lord, who hath obeyed our report?
 
Yes, you must believe in Christ to be saved. This is the first step and the first step only. You must believe in something before you can become a part of something. The Jews did not believe, so why talk about repentance and baptism in water and of the Holy Ghost here in this chapter if they did not believe. James made very strong statements concerning belief only:
 
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith (belief) without works is dead. 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
 
He is saying that the devils believe in Christ also, but you and I know they will not inherit the kingdom of God. I believe in the PGA tour, the NFL, NASA, etc, etc, but that doesn't make me a part of them. I have not obeyed their requirements to become a part of them. I believe in the world and I believe in Satan; but that doesn't make me a part of them. In other words, I believe in Satan, but that doesn't mean I am going to end up in hell. I have to do certain things & disobey God to do that. Rather, I have separated myself from the world and Satan by obeying the gospel and receiving the Holy Ghost.
 
I will close with these thoughts. How does belief alone fulfill the requirements stated by Jesus to get into heaven? He said you must repent or perish, you must believe and be baptized, you must be born again of the water (baptism) and of the Spirit (Holy Ghost). Believing and calling on the Lord doesn't accomplish these things, but they can lead you to these things.
 
How does belief alone fulfill the requirements stated by Peter on the day of Pentecost during his first sermon to the people? He said in Acts 2:38 to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Peter was given the keys to the kingdom of heaven from Jesus on the day of Pentecost. It makes no sense to me whatsoever that Jesus or any of the apostles would allow Peter to preach a wrong message or a message that you don't have to follow. Jesus left the apostles with the mission of spreading the gospel throughout the world with power in the Holy Spirit given to them.
 
Why would Paul himself repent, be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus and receive the Holy Ghost and then preach another message? Doesn't make sense to me; discern for yourselves.
 
I cried out to the Lord and I was led to the saving gospel through a local Church that preaches and teaches the principles of the bible; the word of God. I can relate to what Paul was saying by calling on the name of the Lord, but please understand that based on my personal experience and the word of God that this is only a first step, not the only step.
 
May the Lord bless you and lead you into all truth!
 
In Christ,
Kent