Confession may be good for the saved soul, but it cannot help one which is lost. Bob was a successful salesman for a large company, but all was not well with him. Just before he left on a business trip, his marriage dissolved. His wife filed for divorce, dealing a heavy blow to his heart. To complicate matters, when he arrived at the city to meet his client, he learned the deal had fallen through. Now he would not receive his much-needed commission.

Depressed, angry, and heartbroken, Bob retired to his hotel room. As he lay on the bed staring at the ceiling, he remembered a friend who had told him about Jesus years earlier. He found a Bible in the nightstand drawer and began to read the Gospel of John as his friend had suggested. Bob put his faith in Jesus Christ, and then he went to sleep. But the stress had taken its toll on him — in the middle of the night, he died of a massive heart attack. He had no chance to publicly profess his faith in Christ before his death. Was he truly saved?

The words of Jesus provide an answer, [italics] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47. According to our Savior, the moment Bob believed on Him he had everlasting life — no confession or profession necessary. Does this contradict Romans 10:9–11? No. This passage is not a “salvation passage,” but instead it refers to Israel’s deliverance from her calamities. Faith has always been the only requirement for salvation. Let’s keep it that way as we witness.

We can use a single, simple invitation when we present the gospel: Christ died for our sins and rose again. We receive eternal life when we accept His payment for our sins. No hoops to jump through. No complicated terminology to understand. Just clear, simple truth. Let’s not make a conundrum out of what God has made clear.

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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.