7:24-25 We need to be rescued from our sins which are leading us directly to death. Who will rescue us?
Chapter 8 We have a living relationship with Christ – because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit … there can be no such relationship without the Spirit. As Christians over time we experience a spiritual evolution of sorts as we conform ourselves to the image that is Jesus.
Chapter 9 God is sovereign and no one deserves to go to heaven. It is only through His sovereign mercy we are afforded the opportunity to accept the free gift of Grace for salvation. Faith vs works … it is faith that God favors, not some checklist of works while avoiding a relationship with Jesus.
10:1-4 Let’s talk about zeal for a moment. What is zeal? Passion! Excitement! However zeal without knowledge does not lead to righteousness – the righteousness of God. That is a righteousness God gives or bestows. God is the one who declares righteousness. Paul dealt with this in chapter 3: Romans 3:21-24.
But that was not good enough for Israel or even many today … not hard or difficult enough. What does it mean the end of the law? Jesus was the last the final sacrifice.
10:5-13 Righteousness can ONLY be obtained a genuine faith in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross. Verse 5 quotes Leviticus 18:5 where if you keep the law you will live. True in the OT and the NT. Jesus summed up the law in Matthew 22:37-40 … do this and you will live. Problem was (and is) no one could keep the law so God in the OT created a sacrificial system to atone for sins because their sins and our sins placed us all under a curse, a curse Jesus took care of for us. How did He do that, turn to Galatians 3:10-13a and see that Jesus became a curse for us. Verses 6-8 are about works vs faith and your faith requires your confession and your heart. Romans 10:9-10 are key and are memory verses for us as well. Many refuse this wanting to wait until they are good enough. Not going to happen. Never. Kind of like saying when my car gets to running better, then I will take it to a mechanic. Need to go to church, before God, knowing we are not good enough – think of church as a spiritual hospital of sorts. This boils down to faith vs works once again as we will NEVER be good enough. Last chapter Romans 9:31-33 illustrates the problem because as Isaiah said, Jesus is a stumbling block. Why? Because you and I will NEVER be righteous in and of ourselves. No matter how hard we try we can never meet the requirements of the law. The Pharisees made it worse Matthew 23:4 while in comparison Jesus truly makes it easy Matthew 11:28-30. Many fail to grasp this because they cannot see God’s love for us as expressed in Romans 5:8 because it is not filled with works. So how are we saved? Verses 12 and 13 give us the answer – calling on the name of the Lord.
10:14-15 Not just preachers or pastors, but everyone to some degree as noted in 1 Peter 3:15-16 need to be prepared to give their testimony. Are you prepared?
10:16-17 Great question. Who has believed? You can obviously hear and not believer so Paul is talking about hearing with more than your ears. Hearing with your heart and soul – hearing and receiving at the same time. By faith as in Hebrews 4:2, Paul keeps making this point over and over, again and again. It is by faith not works.
10:18 Paul quotes Psalm 19:4 here which is about the creation of the universe and applying it to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Think about that for a moment – the creation of the universe and the gospel of Jesus Christ on equal footing.
10:19 Again Paul asks a question and then answers it with a quote Deuteronomy 32:21. God did this because they stumbled over the stumbling block – Jesus the Christ – with the purpose to make Israel jealous from their perspective as shown in the next two verses.
10:20-21 So where are we now? Where does this chapter take us? Do not feel like you have to earn your salvation or work to keep it, you cannot. As an example for husbands and wives look at Ephesians 5:24-27 & 22-24. We fail. So what are we to do? The only thing we can do, call on Jesus for help. Philippians 4:13.
Same Question as last three weeks: As sons and daughters of God why are we pretending or why are we not serious about putting the words of God into practice? Ezekiel 33:30-32