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“Salvation By Faith” (Romans 10- Study)

Opening Message: "Salvation By Faith" (Romans 10- Study)

 

"Good morning, and welcome back to our study on Romans 10, where we delve into the profound journey of faith and salvation. In this chapter, Paul's passionate discourse on righteousness by faith unveils the transformative power of believing in Christ. Let's embark on a journey of discovery, seeking wisdom, understanding, and a deeper connection with God's redemptive plan for all humanity."

 

In Romans 10:1-3 (NKJV), Paul expresses his deep concern for the salvation of his fellow Israelites. Let's break down these verses to understand what Paul is conveying:

 

1. Romans 10:1: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved."

 

 - Paul starts by emphasizing his heartfelt desire and continuous prayer to God for the salvation of Israel. Paul highlights his genuine concern and love for his fellow Jews.

 

2. Romans 10:2: "For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge."

 

 - Here, Paul acknowledges that the Israelites have a zeal or passion for God, but he points out that this zeal is not accompanied by actual knowledge or understanding. Despite their enthusiasm, they lack a complete understanding of God's righteousness and salvation through faith in Christ.

 

3. Romans 10:3: "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God."

 

 - Paul explains that their ignorance of God's righteousness leads them to pursue their righteousness through works of the law rather than submitting to God's righteousness through faith, highlighting the fundamental misunderstanding that Paul seeks to address, emphasizing that salvation comes through faith in Christ, not through self-righteous efforts under the law.

 

Overall, in these verses, Paul conveys his earnest desire for the salvation of Israel, recognizes their zeal for God, and points out the crucial need for them to understand and embrace God's righteousness through faith in Christ rather than relying on their works.

 

1. Romans 10:4: "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes."

 

 - Paul emphasizes that Christ is the fulfillment and culmination of the law for righteousness, and this righteousness is accessible to everyone who believes in Him. This highlights the central role of faith in Christ in obtaining righteousness.

 

2. Romans 10:5: "For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, 'The man who does those things shall live by them.'"

 

 - Paul refers to Moses' writing, indicating that the righteousness based on the law requires strict adherence to its commands, as stated in Leviticus 18:5.

 

3. Romans 10:6-7 (Questions):

 - Question in verse 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)."

 

 - Answer: Paul emphasizes that righteousness by faith does not require extraordinary actions like ascending to heaven to bring Christ down, as faith already connects believers with Christ's saving grace.

 

 - Question in verse 7: "or, 'Who will descend into the abyss?' (that is, to raise Christ from the dead)."

 

 - Answer: Similarly, righteousness by faith does not demand miraculous feats like descending into the abyss to bring Christ back from the dead, as Christ's resurrection has already been accomplished and is accessible through faith.

 

4. Romans 10:8-13: Paul continues to explain that righteousness by faith is near and accessible, requiring confession and belief in the heart. He cites Joel 2:32 to show that all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved, emphasizing the inclusivity of salvation through faith in Christ.

 

Biblical Parallel:

- A biblical parallel to Paul's questions in Romans 10:6-7 can be found in Deuteronomy 30:11-14. In this passage, Moses speaks about the accessibility of God's commandments, stating that they are not too tricky or distant but within reach for people to obey and follow. He parallels Paul's message in Romans 10, emphasizing the accessibility and simplicity of righteousness by faith in Christ and contrasting it with the law's strict requirements.

 

 

1. Romans 10:14: "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?"

 

 - Paul starts by posing a series of rhetorical questions to emphasize the necessity of hearing about Christ to believe in Him. He highlights the role of preaching or proclaiming the message of Christ as essential for people to have the opportunity to think and call on Him for salvation.

 

2. Romans 10:15: "And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!'"

 

 - Paul continues the line of questioning, underscoring the importance of being sent to preach the gospel. He references Isaiah 52:7 to emphasize the beauty and significance of those who carry the message of peace and good news about salvation through Christ.

 

3. Romans 10:16: "But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, 'Lord, who has believed our report?'"

 

 - Here, Paul acknowledges that not everyone has responded in obedience to the gospel message, quoting Isaiah 53:1 to illustrate the challenge of unbelief even when the message is being proclaimed.

 

4. Romans 10:17: "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

 

 - Paul affirms that faith is generated through hearing the word of God, indicating the pivotal role of preaching and sharing the gospel in leading people to believe and have faith in Christ.

 

5. Romans 10:18-21: Paul reflects on how the message of salvation has been proclaimed to all, including the Gentiles, yet not all have responded in faith. He quotes Psalm 19:4 and Isaiah 65:1-2 to show that God's offer of salvation is extended to all, but not everyone accepts it due to disobedience and unbelief.

 

Biblical Parallel:

- A biblical parallel to Paul's questions and message in Romans 10:14-21 can be found in Acts 13:46-47. In this passage, Paul and Barnabas declare that since the Jews reject the message of salvation, they turn to the Gentiles, citing Isaiah 49:6 as confirmation that God has appointed them to be a light to the Gentiles for salvation, paralleling with Paul's discussion in Romans 10 about the universal offer of salvation and the response of both Jews and Gentiles to the gospel message.

 

Closing Message:

 

As we conclude our exploration of Romans 10, let us reflect on the profound truths revealed through Paul's words. We have witnessed the importance of faith in Christ for righteousness and salvation, the necessity of hearing and believing in Him, and the role of preaching in sharing the good news of redemption.

 

May we be inspired to share this message of hope and salvation with others, understanding that faith comes from hearing God's word. Let us embrace our calling to be messengers of peace and bearers of the gospel, knowing that through our proclamation, hearts can be transformed, and lives can be eternally changed.

 

As we go forth, may our feet be beautiful in bringing the glad tidings of good things, and may we continue to walk in faith, trusting in the power of the gospel to bring salvation to all who believe. Amen.





 



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