Monday, January 4, 2010

God's Righteousness Comes Through Faith In Christ (Romans 10)

Text: Romans 10

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...
4. In Election (9-11)
   A) Of Ancient Israel (9:1 - 11:10)


Though she is God's chosen people, Israel has not yet been spiritually saved as a nation, because she seeks to establish her own righteous by keeping the Law, rather than subject  herself to the righteousness of God through faith in Christ (1-3). The Law was designed to make men see their inability to meet God's standards, and need for a sin-bearing substitute (Christ) to die in their place (4). 

Apart from the Law, God's righteousness comes through faith in Christ. When men hear the gospel, and believe He died for their sins and rose from the dead, they will call upon Jesus as God, to save them from their sin (5-13). Since God saves men by the faith which comes from "hearing...the [preached] word of Christ" (14-17), missionaries must evangelize the lost. By temporarily hardening Israel against the gospel  (18-21; cf. 9:14-18; 11:7), and choosing to save Gentiles (who did not even seek after God's righteousness), God is provoking Israel to jealousy, and showing that His righteousness comes by grace, through faith, apart from human merit (18-21).

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