5Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that the person who does these things will live by them. 6But the righteousness that comes from faith says, Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down) 7or Who will descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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