A Study on Romans 10Bro. David Chancellor
2/3/2008 11:00 AM
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 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.
This chapter deals with people being saved. Paul desired that the Israelites would find what would make a difference for them as it did for him. He wanted them to be saved. Their problem was that they were trying to approach God without knowledge. "Good works will not answer…" Our own righteousness is insufficient. We need to be acquainted with God.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe on him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 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! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe on him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 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!" These are the four "how’s" of faith. We have to know God if we would share him with others. A preacher is someone who can speak to others about God. People need to know that God is still in control. They need someone to introduce them to God. It’s hard to do something to please someone you don’t know. Faith is necessary to know God and to please him. A close relationship with God needs time spent in his word. People need to hear about the good things of God, not about bad things. Realize that the gospel is a good thing to share. Sin has a high price. We want to hold up the gospel before others.
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 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. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
The word is in your heart and mouth. If bad things are coming out of your mouth, have God search your heart. What’s in the heart will come out.
History teaches about the secular side of peoples’ lives, but not the spiritual side. Teaching about Jesus influenced the course of their lives. The world doesn’t like to tell about Jesus. As Christians it should be normal for us to talk about Jesus. Our lives should lift up Christ. Be ready to speak up for God. Even if at times you feel like a failure, take it to God. Our success is found in God. Our salvation is found in our relationship with God. Share the good things you’ve found in God.