But (A)the righteousness based on faith says, (B)“Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the (C)abyss?’” (that is, (D)to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? (E)“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if (F)you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and (G)believe in your heart (H)that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, (I)“Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 (J)For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; (K)for the same Lord is Lord of all, (L)bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For (M)“everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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But the salvation that comes through faith says, “You don’t need to search the heavens to find Christ and bring him down to help you,” and, “You don’t need to go among the dead to bring Christ back to life again.”

For salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is what we preach—is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths. For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.[a]

11 For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed. 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect: they all have the same Lord who generously gives his riches to all those who ask him for them. 13 Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

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  1. Romans 10:10 confirming his salvation, literally, “confession is made unto salvation.”