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True Understanding

Do you have a true understanding of the gospel?
Do you have a true salvation in Christ?
When looking at the history of the Israelites, they made a lot of mistakes.
The biggest was how they thought they had the answer to salvation.
Israelites were so focused on their own plan, they tripped over the direct instructions given.
A familiar epedimic is the distraction of phones in our culture.
Something that can be used for instruction and direction, has become an opportunity for distraction and accidents.
What are you willing to give up for someone to hear the gospel?
Teens
Paul was willing to show that desire.
Adults
His way of living, his outlook on life, how he dealt with situations, and how far he was willing to go for others to truly know Jesus.
Romans 10:1 ESV
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.
Romans 10:
Matter of fact, Paul was willing to show that desire.
And as funny as this is, to us who are evil, the part that isn’t funny is how humanity can take something that is good, and turn it against the original intent.
And that’s what Israel did with the Law. They thought they could work their way to be right with God. But they couldn’t, and we can’t either.
Romans 9:3 ESV
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
Jesus came as the fulfillment of the law. gave directions but became a distraction and the purpose became a problem - a stumbling stone.
Righteousness is not attainable through works.
And Paul shows us this:
Romans 10:1–4 ESV
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
V.1Paul mentions his passion for Israel. You’ll note that his passion sparked prayer in his heart. Paul desired that Israel would wake up to their need for Jesus and be saved, and he prayed for them.
Do you have that kind of desire? Do you earnestly pray for people to respond to salvation?
Paul again mentions his passion for Israel. You’ll note that his passion sparked prayer in his heart. Paul desired that Israel would wake up to their need for Jesus and be saved, and he prayed for them.And Paul continues in v. 2 and makes mention of their zeal. Jews were zealous for God. They were fervent in their pursuit of rituals and ceremonies and against anything that was contrary to their doctrine. But their zeal, their passion, was not enough. Zeal must be combined with truth, or it can do more harm than good. And in v. 3 we see that in clinging to their own way of getting right with God, they did not submit to God at all. These Jews were zealous. They were passionate. They were committed to what they thought was right. They bettered themselves according to their own moral code. They pursued God as they thought they should. And in the midst of all the works and the zeal, they missed the entire point and eventually elevated their own views above the vantage point of God. You see, friend, a right standing with God is not attained through good works or through passionate zeal. And Israel is a great example of this. However, Paul continues and writes that:3. Righteousness is given to those who have faith in Jesus. (10:5-13)Romans 10:5–8 NKJV5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):vv. 5-7 are a bit obscure, but Paul is emphasizing the accessibilty of righteousness. No one needs to go to heaven to bring Christ down, or to the abyss to resurrect Christ. He accomplished everything needed to merit righteousness. Being made right with God is accessible! It’s not something that is too far off. We can’t look at being right with God like we can achieve it on our own (because we are unrighteous), but also, we can’t look at it as too far away (because Christ has brought it near). In fact, v. 8 says the nearness of the message of faith is as close as your heart and mouth. Being made right with God through the message of the Gospel is easily accessible and is available to those who will trust what God says. Being made right with God is not something you need to go to heaven or hell for, Christ already did that for you. Being made right with God comes down to faith. And then Paul explains how that faith is manifest in vv. 9-13.Romans 10:9–13 NKJV9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”It is important to note that this confession with the mouth is not what merits justification, but is the outward evidence of inward faith. A grouping of spoken words won’t merit righteousness, faith alone, in Christ alone does. This confession and belief in the Jesus is based on the known truth of what He has done - that is His substitutionary death and his victorious resurrection. Saving faith is not mere intellectual agreement, but deep inward trust in Christ at the core of one’s being. Life Application New Testament Commentary Salvation Is for Everyone / 10:5–21
And Paul continues in v. 2 and makes mention of their zeal. Jews were zealous for God. They were fervent in their pursuit of rituals and ceremonies and against anything that was contrary to their doctrine. But their zeal, their passion, was not enough. Zeal must be combined with truth, or it can do more harm than good.
YMaybe your passionate about cars. But if you don’t know much about them, then working on one will miss it up more then never touching it.
Maybe your passionate about cooking. But if you don’t know your ingredients or how to cook something then it will turn out bad.
For these to work, you must have a passion and understanding for it to work correctly.
And in v. 3 we see that in clinging to their own way of getting right with God, they did not submit to God at all. These Jews were zealous. They were passionate. They were committed to what they thought was right. They bettered themselves according to their own moral code. They pursued God as they thought they should.
And in the midst of all the works and the zeal, they missed the entire point and eventually elevated their own views above the vantage point of God.
Church, a right standing with God is not attained through good works or through passionate zeal. And Israel is a great example of this.
Ephesians 2:8–9 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
However, Paul continues and writes that:
Righteousness is given to those who have faith in Jesus. (10:5-13)
Romans 10:5–7 ESV
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
Romans 10:5–8 ESV
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);
:vv. 5-7 are a bit obscure, but Paul is emphasizing the accessibilty of righteousness. No one needs to go to heaven to bring Christ down, or to the abyss to resurrect Christ. He accomplished everything needed to merit righteousness.
:vv. 5-7 are a bit obscure, but Paul is emphasizing the accessibilty of righteousness. No one needs to go to heaven to bring Christ down, or to the abyss to resurrect Christ. He accomplished everything needed to merit righteousness.
:vv. 5-7 are a bit obscure, but Paul is emphasizing the accessibilty of righteousness. No one needs to go to heaven to bring Christ down, or to the abyss to resurrect Christ. He accomplished everything needed to merit righteousness.
No one needs to go to heaven to bring Christ down, or to the abyss to resurrect Christ. He accomplished everything needed to merit righteousness.
Being made right with God is accessible! It’s not something that is too far off. We can’t look at being right with God like we can achieve it on our own (because we are unrighteous), but also, we can’t look at it as too far away (because Christ has brought it near).
In fact, v. 8 says the nearness of the message of faith is as close as your heart and mouth.
Being made right with God through the message of the Gospel is easily accessible and is available to those who will trust what God says.
Being made right with God is not something you need to go to heaven or hell for, Christ already did that for you. Being made right with God comes down to faith.
Paul explains how that faith becomes a reality in vv. 9-13.
Romans 10:9–13 ESV
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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
”It is important to note that this confession with the mouth is not what merits justification, but is the outward evidence of inward faith.
A grouping of spoken words won’t merit righteousness, faith alone, in Christ alone does.
This confession and belief in Jesus is based on the known truth of what He has done - which is His substitutionary death and his victorious resurrection. Saving faith is not mere intellectual agreement, but deep inward trust in Christ at the core of one’s being.
Life Application New Testament Commentary
v. 11 - those who trust Christ will never be put to shame, they will never be disappointed. Not in a sense that we won’t face hardship through life, but that those who trust Him are assured he will hold up His end of the deal.
v. 12 - in this beautiful promise of God, highlighting His faithfulness and mercy, we see that it is genuinely offered to all who will submit to Him and call on Him by faith.
The extension of righteousness is not only to a specific group of religious people, but to those who see their need and who believe by faith.
Spurgeon comment on sharing the gospel. It was asked of Spurgeon, you believe that not everyone will receive salvation, so why do you share with everyone like they will? His response was, if the Lord would have put a yellow stripe down the back of those that will, I could focus on them alone. But He didn’t, so I will proclaim the gospel to everyone like they will accept Jesus.
Romans 10:13–14 ESV
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
Look at verse 12 and 13 again
Romans 10:12–13 ESV
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
”A right standing with God is not based on my works, my zeal, or my past.
”A right standing with God is not based on my works, my zeal, or my past.
Righteousness is extended to the unrighteous through faith in the Gospel.
What about you? Have you made this type of commitment?
Not just a set of words, but true believe!?
If your here this morning never have made this decision, I implore you allow us to share this Good News with you.
If you have made this decision, then what are you doing with this decision?
Romans 10:14–15 ESV
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Are you willing to go? To give? To share this gospel for everyone to know?
Paul was so much that
Romans 9:3 ESV
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
Paul was willing to go to the extend of dying for someone to respond to this gospel.
Are you?
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