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Read Romans 10

1 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” 6 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) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. 18 But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:

“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”

19 Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says,

“I will make you envious by those who are not a nation;
I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.”

20 And Isaiah boldly says,

“I was found by those who did not seek me;
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”

21 But concerning Israel he says,

“All day long I have held out my hands
to a disobedient and obstinate people.”

Go Deeper

Paul begins Romans 10 by proclaiming his heart’s desire: That Israel might be saved. Paul doesn’t just care about his fellow Jews, he is pleading to God on their behalf that they might come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The Jewish people “have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.” (v. 2) Paul goes on to say in the next verse that they are seeking to establish their own righteousness being ignorant of the righteousness of God.

Paul can adequately speak to this because it is a perfect description of his own life prior to his conversion on the road to Damascus. He goes on to lay out the message of salvation for all people (both Jews and Gentiles alike) as he continues to draw the distinction between God’s righteousness (based on faith) and our own attempts at righteousness.

Righteousness is a big word that can be defined as the quality or state of being free from guilt or sin. The Jewish people were falling back to their old ways of striving to gain this righteousness through keeping the law and commandments. But Paul is imploring them to understand that belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior ends the need for these futile quests for righteousness. 

Paul clearly states in verse 9 “because, 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.” In Greek, confession translates “to say the same thing” or “agree with someone.” So Paul is telling us that when we confess that Jesus is Lord, we are agreeing with the Father’s declaration: that Jesus is God, that He is Messiah, and that His work on the cross is the only way for salvation. Believing that in our hearts is the only requirement for salvation and receiving God’s righteousness.

After hundreds and hundreds of years of following rules and regulations to be declared righteous, it’s hard to ignore how simple this is: “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” What is required of us is to recognize Christ as our Savior and call upon Him. What we receive in response is God’s grace as we depend on our Creator and Redeemer. 

It was a hard concept for the Jews to learn and it’s a hard concept for us to remember. But we can be confident as the Message version of verse 10 reminds us “That’s it. You’re not ‘doing’ anything; you’re simply calling out to God trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation.”

Questions

  1. Are there any rules or regulations that you feel like you have to follow in order to receive the gift of salvation from the Lord?
  2. “Calling on the name of the Lord” indicates having personal interaction and a relationship with the Lord…do you feel like you have this type of relationship?
  3. Spend some time journaling and recording about the time in your life when you confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord. 

Keep Digging

Read this entry from GotQuestions.org to understand what it means to call upon the name of the Lord.

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4 thoughts on “Romans 10”

  1. We, like Israel, are guilty of striving to establish our own righteousness. It can look like a list where check off the boxes and feel accomplished. There’s one giant problem with this, if it is only for outward appearance/for show, it never truly changes us. When we act this way we are saying that Christ’s sacrifice was not enough. Paul clearly provides the only way to righteousness: Believe in your heart that Christ was raised from the dead and confess that Jesus is Lord. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved! Let’s cease striving and sprint to the world with this life-changing message. We have the greatest gift to share with a broken world, LET’s GO!

    1. “Let’s cease striving and sprint to the world with this life-changing message. We have the greatest gift to share with a broken world, LET’s GO!”

      Love that, Ella!! So encouraged by your faithfulness to diving into the Word every single day.

  2. “Let’s cease striving and sprint to the world with this life-changing message. We have the greatest gift to share with a broken world, LET’s GO!”

    Love that, Ella!! So encouraged by your faithfulness to diving into the Word every single day.

  3. It was known that the Jewish people would struggle to accept the idea that righteousness is found only in Christ. Gentiles pursued the righteousness of faith, and the Jews pursued the law of righteousness which shows their ignorant of God’s righteousness. Even so Paul recognizes that Israel has a zeal for God, but he also sees that it is zeal not according to knowledge. For we cannot neglect personal responsibility. All of Paul’s teaching of God’s right to choose does not diminish man’s responsibility.
    Christ is the end of the law for all who have faith, for the law is no longer the basis for our relationship with God. And not because The law was compelled to lower its terms, as though it had originally asked too much; but because Christ lowered himself to our standards and fulfilled the law. If you want to live and find life by the law, you must do the law; and do it completely and perfectly. But for the righteousness of faith we have to ascend into heaven or descend into the abyss to gain Jesus. We believe and receive. Instead of having to go to great lengths to achieve righteousness by the law, we can immediately receive righteousness by faith, by trusting in the word of the gospel.
    Paul clearly states: “because, 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.” In Greek, confession means “to say the same thing” or “agree with someone.” So Paul is telling us that when we confess that Jesus is Lord {Kurios}, we are agreeing with the Father’s declaration: that Jesus is God, that He is Messiah, and that His work on the cross is the only way for salvation. You must believe in your heart; and even that belief is not enough without accompanying action: confess with your mouth, which will result in trust in him, righteousness and salvation. Again the emphasis on human responsibility to call upon Him and reach out to him.
    Paul says that it all goes back to the preaching and spreading of the gospel, for how can one believe, proclaim and follow what is not known, so “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”.
    And so Paul comes back to the foretold rejection of the gospel by Israel. Our saving faith comes through hearing by the word of God; and though Israel heard they did not believe, making them accountable for their rejection of Christ and salvation. “…the Jews have not believed, the fault is entirely their own; as God has amply furnished them with the means of faith of salvation.” (Clarke) in God’s eyes They are a disobedient and contrary people, and all the more so because of their great responsibility before God.

    1` yes, not anymore that it depends on it to receive the gift of salvation, but I do feel like there are things that make God love me, easier to accept; even do I know he loves me no matter what by grace, it makes it for myself more oke to know I can do good and glorious things for him because he deserves everything and I nothing. And so I want to please him and do his will which comes with rules and regulations, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with that as long as I got it straight that it does not change anything in my salvation or gods love or goodness thought’s me.

    2` A half year ago I would have said not really, but now (still a bit gingerly) I can say that I have a real relationship with God, Jesus and the Spirit: In which I can come and talk to him about everything, anytime; In which I can say nothing wrong, or too much or too little. And I’m so thankful for that, thankful to God, but also to people and platforms like this where you do not have to do, or understand alone!

    3` nice! I kind of already did that, for all my bible studies I have done in a journaling fashion so if you read through them you’ll see the faith and reallusion build up together with the glory for the trinity.

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