March 15, 2022

Romans 10 (HCSB) Righteousness by Faith Alone 
10 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation! 2 I can testify about them that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 Because they disregarded the righteousness from God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted themselves to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them. 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith speaks like this: Do not say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven?” that is, to bring Christ down 7 or, “Who will go down into the abyss?” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead. 8 On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: 9 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. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, 12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Israel’s Rejection of the Message
14 But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things! 16 But all did not obey the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our message? 17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ. 18 But I ask, “Did they not hear?” Yes, they did: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world. 19 But I ask, “Did Israel not understand?” First, Moses said: I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that lacks understanding. 20 And Isaiah says boldly: I was found by those who were not looking for Me; I revealed Myself to those who were not asking for Me. 21 But to Israel he says: All day long I have spread out My hands to a disobedient and defiant people.

Pastor H.D. Jones
 Paul was heartbroken that many of his fellow Israelites had religion but no relationship with God. We can empathize with that as Americans. How many people around you claim to be a Christian but their life bears no marks of a Christ follower? Billy Graham noted that up to 80% of people on our church rolls are lost and headed toward hell. Paul wanted to stand in the gap for his brothers and we should have the same zeal. He reminds the churches in Rome that it was not about religious activity, but a heart that was surrendered to Christ. When Paul says, “if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord” – he is using a cultural practice that people would say as they entered the marketplace “Caesar is Lord”. Paul wanted his readers to be reminded that no one and no thing can be Lord in their life except Jesus. Who around you need to know the truth of the gospel? Not who needs to get their life right, or needs to attend church more, or needs to have proper priorities, but who do you know that needs to Confess Jesus as Lord? It’s our job to proclaim Jesus.

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