It says "you will be saved" and not "you have been saved."
That is right.
Is your point that the Christian today who calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus has no right to be assured that he IS saved right now ? Well, this is nor true on all levels.
The human being is tripartite - spirit and soul and body.
As to his spirit he is saved at the moment of regenerated.
As to his soul as he is being transformed he is indeed being saved.
And as to his physical body at resurrection and transfiguration or rapture, he WILL be saved as to the future.
Now, I agree that as to soul and body - "you will be saved."
. But there is ample reason to REJOICE and be ASSURED that we are SAVED at the very present moment of believing.
First John 5:11,12 - "And this is the testimony, that God GAVE to us eternal life and this life is in His Son.
He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
I have written these things to you that you may know that you HAVE eternal life, to you who believe into the name of the Son of God."
Did you get that?
Has the Son ... HAS eternal life.
You may KNOW that you HAVE eternal life.
So yes, Romans 10:9 said "will be saved"
. But now the Christian who HAS the Son of God may rejoice that she HAS eternal life.
I don't have a horse in this race but I can clearly see that this in no way implies you don't have to do anything else to gain salvation.
No one is saying Romans 10:9
is the only passage in the New Testament.
God's eternal purpose is that the saved person be eventually conformed to the image of Christ. That is a life long process. That is not instantaneous. That concerns the WHY we need to be saved. We need to be saved not merely for our own safety from judgment. Though that is a real need to be saved it is not God's eternal purpose merely to forgive us.
Rather the salvation is that we may be conformed to the image of the Son of God as the Firstborn.
"Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the Firstborn among many brothers." (Romans 8:29)
So we first may be concerned mainly for OUR need to be saved from judgment. As we grow we see more of the purpose of God that we need to be "conformed to the image of His Son"
Now in this process of transformation and conformation we can begin to speak of works and daily behavior and all those matters pertaining to how we then live once receiving the gift of eternal life.
I, personally, would take it to mean that because you have accepted christ as your savior he will now help save you. Kind of like leaning on the lord to keep righteous... thats my two bits.
Your two bits are really good. And if you have not read through the New Testament, I hope you would.
For Christ saves initially. And Christ continues to save. And He said He is the true Vine and the believers are the branches abiding IN the vine. Without continually abiding in Him we can do nothing.
I hope no one gets the impression that we should stop our study of the New Testament with just Romans chapter 10.
By the way - "shall be saved"
and "rich to all who call upon Him"
need not be relegated ONLY to eternal salvation. We can call upon the Lord to be saved DAILY from our lust, our temper, our depression, our moodiness, our envy, strife, vanity, darkness, hatred, anxiety.
Calling on the Lord Jesus is great for my being saved for eternity. It is also wonderfully for me being SAVED from my fallen sinful nature today.