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Hi GAMErs!

Today’s passage is Romans 10:1-11.  Let’s go!

Romans 10:1 (NIV)
 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.

On verse 1:  In Romans 9 Paul was talking about how it is God who elects in advance whom He will save.  Yet notice that this does not stop Paul in Romans 10 from praying to God for the Israelites that they may be saved.  Why is Paul praying for his fellow Israelites’ salvation when he knows that God has already made a decision about whether or not to save the Israelites?  It’s because even though God is sovereign, our choices still matter.  Just because God, who stands outside of time and space, makes choices doesn’t mean that our prayers and our decisions don’t also have a real impact.  Don’t let God’s sovereignty be the reason you throw in the towel and say, “Who cares then since God is in control anyway”.  Instead let God’s sovereignty be the reason to throw your whole self into living for God’s glory, since God is the judge and only God knows the ultimate outcome of our stories.

Romans 10:2 (NIV)
 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.

On verse 2:  It is dangerous to be zealous without knowledge, that is, to be passionate about a set of beliefs without having a firm grip on the reasonableness of those beliefs.  For example, think about terrorism, racism, religions which require that you sacrifice your child in the fire in order to have prosperity.  These are extreme examples of zeal without knowledge.  But there are more ordinary examples too, such as judging someone before you have understood them and gossiping about another person based on rumours.  Proverbs 19:2 says, “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.”  How do you avoid having zeal without knowledge?  Examine the facts carefully before you believe them and talk about them with others.

Romans 10:3 (NIV)
 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.

On verse 3:  Each of us has a choice.  We can submit to God’s way of attaining righteousness, which is by faith in what He has done and not in what we do.  Or we can insist on trying to earn righteousness on our own merit.  The former is based in humility and leads to life; the latter is based on pride and leads to a downfall.

Romans 10:4 (NIV)
 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

On verse 4:  When Paul says “Christ is the end of the law”, what does he mean?  You could say that Christ is the end of the law on two levels.

On one level, living under the law means trusting in your own ability to earn righteousness on your own merit.  Believing in Christ and trusting in what He did puts an end to that kind of thinking.   In this way, Christ is the end of the law.

On another level, Christ is the end of the law in that Jesus Christ fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law.  The only one who perfectly followed God’s law to its end is Jesus.

Romans 10:5-10 (NIV)
 Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: “The man who does these things will live by them.”
 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)
 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
 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:
 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.
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.
11  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

On verses 5-10:  Here Paul is saying that the Law of Moses in the Old Testament illustrates the two different approaches to getting righteousness.   The first approach – trying to earn your righteousness by obeying the law – is illustrated by the idea of “The man who does these things will live by them”, which is probably a quote from Leviticus 18:5.  The second approach – receiving your righteousness by faith – is illustrated by Deuteronomy 30:11-14, and is the idea that you don’t need to go up to heaven or cross the sea to get your righteousness; rather it begins with faith in your mouth and in your heart.  Building on this idea of faith in your mouth and heart, Paul gives this simple summary statement of how a person receives righteousness and is saved: 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.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Praise God!  Because of Jesus, salvation becomes simple for us: it’s about confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord.

Jesus, You are the end of the law and the beginning of new life.  I pray that I would not be zealous without knowledge, but that I would have a firm grasp of the facts before I share with others.  Thank You for making salvation so simple for us.  In Jesus’ name, AMEN!