But the righteousness that is by faith says: 'Do not say in your
heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?" (that is, to bring Christ down) or "Who will
descend into the deep?" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).' But what does it
say? 'The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,' that is, the word of
faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and
believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Our righteousness does not depend on man's actions but belief in
the completed work of God. We simply claim Jesus as the Lord of our lives and believe in
His resurrection. The confession that is referred to here is not talking about some
going forward at a church in response to an "altar call". Although that can happen, it
can also happen anywhere else because God is everywhere and He is listening and waiting.
Our hope is that, in the same way that Jesus rose again, we will be raised to live with