What does it take to be one of God’s chosen ones? To believe in the one he has sent for our salvation. There is nothing that any of us can do by our own efforts that will save us. Rather, it is what we do through our faith in Christ that is pleasing to the Father. How can we accomplish this? By believing in our hearts that Jesus is Lord and rose from the dead.
Brothers and sisters:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
The Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Remember, my brothers and sisters, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We must believe this in our hearts. Without faith in him we are nothing. It is our faith in Jesus that gives rise to the good works that are pleasing to the Lord.