Joe Teisan: November 2018
Romans 10:1-21: Have you made the Big Decision? “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” (10:9).
1-5: Paul prays with all his heart for the salvation of Israel. The Jews have a zeal for God, but without knowledge. God’s Way, is to come to Him by faith in Christ (Jn. 14:6). Jews and many others insist on coming on their own terms, their own way, with works, “keeping the Law”, and trusting in human traditions. “They being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God” (3). Moses demands of habitual sinners, the impossible, keep the Law and you shall live (Lev. 18:5). “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). I keep the Law in Christ who kept it for me as my Substitute. He fulfilled all the Law’s requirements and gives me the righteousness that Law can never give.
6-13: The goal of law is to bring guilty sinners to Christ so we can believe in Him, be set free from the penalty of sin and declared holy (Gal. 3:24, 3:10-13). Jesus is near, here and now. Just open your mouth and say from the heart, “Christ, I trust in You as my Personal Savior!” The lips of my soul are saying, “Jesus is my Lord, Savior and God! A key passage for leading people to Christ is Rom. 10:9-13. “With the heart man believes . . . and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation . . . Whoever believes in Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek . . . For every one who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
14-17: Paul, pressing the urgency to go tell Jew and Gentile about Christ, uses 4 questions to fire us to action. “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel” (15). But people erect walls of unbelief as Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” (53:1). Yet, we are encouraged, knowing that when we tell the Good News of Christ, there may be two calling invitations. “As many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Jn. 1:12). First, there is the outward call or invitation, which you hear with dead ears. But, praise to God, the Holy Spirit gives the inward call that enlivens ears, heart, mind and will, powerfully drawing Mr. Stubborn Sinner to faith in Christ. “Lydia . . . heard us: whose heart the Lord opened” (Acts 16:14).
18-21: Christ was never intended just for the Jews, because the world-class promises given to Abraham, clearly included non-Jews. “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 22:18). Truly, Israel has a favored nation status, but their stubborn, rebellious unbelief has redounded to gospel blessings on the Gentiles. “First Moses says, ‘I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.’ But Isaiah is very bold, and says, ‘I was found of those who sought Me not’” (19-20).
Joseph A. Teisan