Romans 10:1–13 (NKJV)
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.Romans 10:1-4
Paul is brokenhearted that his nation, Israel, had such zeal for God and His word, but did not have saving knowledge. They rejected the salvific work of Christ, Who was the end of the Law to anyone who would believe. When they turned away from Christ, they went on their own.
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 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 preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”Romans 10:5-13
The next passage contains such hopeful language, well-known and quoted often. He start with the quote of Moses that those who believe in the law must live by the law. However, the truth is near to each of you because Paul and others have preached it. The truth is the gospel makes it clear that if one confesses Jesus Christ and believes in Him, that he or she will be saved. The heart believes and the mouth confesses. Then Jesus will bring salvation to all who call upon Him. Yes. it is that simple. It is that straightforward. If you confession and faith are real, salvation is promised. That last sentence, “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved,” sums it up nicely. Salvation is not limited to any social or economic strata of society. Salvation is not limited, but universally available. ANYONE can be saved. Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved! WHOEVER! What a wonderful opportunity. What a magnificent blessing. What a Savior.