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Chapter 10

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Rom 10:1-21
1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.
my heart's desire. Prayer is more effective when you pray your heartís desire.

It is Godís will for all to be saved.

2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. zeal is not based on knowledge. Sincerity is not enough. Accurate knowledge is essential. Christians have often been guilty of lack of knowledge just as the Jews were in Paulís day.
3 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. establish their own. Workís oriented salvation is the bases of all religions, and thus makes them wrong. Again, Christians have often been guilty of the same error.
4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. end of the law . Why was it essential for the Law to end in order to make righteousness available to all? Because the Law excluded Gentiles unless they were willing to submit to Israelís law, which included submission to the High Priest, sacrifices of the lambs, tithe to the Levitical priesthood, etc. The Law would have completely alienated the Gentiles from becoming Christians.
5 Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: "The man 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 word of faith we are proclaiming: word of faith we are proclaiming. There is no gospel but the word of faith. The word of faith is not a movement, but the way God works in man's behalf.
9 That 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.

 
Paul then explains in a practical way how a person becomes righteous. He must believe the Word! He must also confess the Word.
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Notice the correlation between believing with oneís heart and confessing with oneís mouth. There is no secrete service Christians.

Confession is made unto salvation. Salvation is the Greek word soteriaóit means deliverance, health, protection, prosperity, and to do well. It is the totality that God brings to a person who is made righteous in his site. Dictionary definition means: to be delivered from sin and its results.

Righteousness enables God to legally save you. Salvation is not righteousness but the results of righteousness.

Christianity has focused on the state of trying to become righteous instead of knowing one is righteous and then proceeding to experience salvation which is the results of righteousness. I am confessing from righteousness toward salvation. In the Hebrew scriptures, salvation was never understood to mean righteousness. It was always the practical way that God demonstrated his love toward a righteous Jew.

 

11 As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts 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." Everyone who. Everyone is now on equal footing.
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 they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" The is the progression for salvation:
  1. Sender
  2. Preacher
  3. Hear
  4. Believe
  5. Call

Donít ever discount your importance. Salvation begins not with the preacher but with the sender.

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 of Christ.
 
It is clear that there is more to hearing than simply hearing the voice of the preacher. Not everyone gets faith by hearing the preacher. The word for "hear" means to "take into one's heart." That will produce faith.
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." I revealed myself. The key to receiving faith is revelation knowledge.
21 But concerning Israel he says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people." Pride is the main thing that keeps people from growing in faith--they think they already know the truth.

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