The Birth Certificate
After a child is born the parents are presented with a certificate in which the parents must sign. This certificate states that this child belongs to them. It is proof of their birth. God's Word is even better than this legal document. You don't have to doubt anything in God's Word. He says if you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are his child. We can think of the Scripture as another kind of birth certificate—proof of your new birth in the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 10:8-13 says, "Salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is the message we preach—is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, "The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in our heart." For 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 it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, "Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed." Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They all have the same Lord, who generously gives his riches to all who ask for them. For "Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."