Romans Chapter 10
1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
This chapter starts out again with Paul longing for Israel to get saved. Paul was a Jew first even though he was the apostle to the gentiles. His heart was heavy for his own people. He talks about how Israel relies on there own good works and not submitting themselves to Jesus Christ.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Here we have the way to heaven clearly laid out. No one can deny this. No works salvationist can deny that this is in the Bible. This is God's word and it can be relied upon. Verse 9 is the gospel, only it is worded differently. Heart belief and confession, are the same as believing. People will twist this in different directions trying to corrupt the word of God. It is faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that gets people saved. This is what Paul wanted the Jews to believe. This is submitting to God, and leaving it in his hands. Israel was filled with pride and they though they were good enough to earn it on their own. It says that there is no difference between the God of the Jews and the gentiles. This was a radical idea at the time. It basically shattered an entire religion and way of life for millions of Jews. He ends by reaffirming the gospel saying, whoever believes in Jesus for salvation will be saved.
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?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Paul goes on to encourage the preaching of the gospel. He says that these people need a preacher, so they can learn the truth.
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
Paul then asks, have the Jews not heard? He then says, yes they have heard. They were to stubborn to listen. In verse 19 it says, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. This refers to the gentiles (who the Jews called dogs) worshipping and serving Israel's God. They could not stand this. Again they were full of pride. The next verse says that God found them that were not looking for him, these people are the gentiles and they believed. Then it says, all day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. This refers to the Nation of Israel. They were disobedient and denied that Jesus was the Christ, the savior of the world.
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