In terms of salvation, each person has a choice to make. You can either earn your salvation by perfectly obeying God’s law, or you can put your faith in Jesus Christ who perfectly obeyed God’s law on your behalf.
People are given the choice of putting their faith in Jesus Christ when people communicate this message to them. However, not everyone who hears the message will put their faith in Christ. But “all those who call on the name of the Lord will be saved”.
This message examines these things with application for our lives and for those in the world in which we live.
Romans: The Glory of the Gospel Part 25
The Message of Salvation – Romans 10:5-21
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – March 25th, 2018
- This morning we are hearing from a section of scripture where Paul continues to contrast righteousness based on the law vs. righteousness based on faith.
- There are only two choices when it comes to God’s judgement and our eternity. Either, we base our defense on how good we are and our conduct, measuring ourselves against the law of God so that we can be declared “innocent”, or we base our defense in having faith in the righteous one, Jesus Christ, who is innocent and free of sin by His behavior and then took our punishment on Him so we can go free. These are the two choices, either you try to enter on your own merit, or you enter by the merit of Jesus Christ.
Righteousness based on law
Rom 10:5 ESV
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them.
- God gave Moses His commands and His laws for His people to follow and obey. These things were written on tablets of stone and engraved in the Old Testament. There is a righteousness based on the law, that if you perfectly obey the law and the commandments, you will be a righteous person. So, if you are seeking to be righteous and to be declared innocent based on your behavior according to the law, you must live by perfectly obeying the law.
- Jesus came on the scene and began teaching as recorded in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 by using this formula: “you heard it said as written and taught in the Old Testament, but I tell you” and instructed the people that righteousness is not just a matter of behavior, but a matter of the heart. Adultery was the result of lust, murder was the result of anger . . . and that all the law and the prophets were built upon loving God and loving others (Matt. 22:37-40). Our righteousness was not based upon just our behavior but upon what was in our hearts. When people heard these things, some were convicted and longed to be free from a heart of sin, while others were offended and longed to kill the just judge and the righteous king.
Righteousness based on faith
Rom 10:6-13 ESV
But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or “’Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
- Faith can do nothing in earning and aiding in our salvation. For we cannot, and we did not go into heaven and by our actions bring Christ down. Our faith had nothing to do with the incarnation. That is God’s doing. Nor did our faith do anything in bringing Christ up from the grave. Our faith had nothing to do with the resurrection – this was God’s doing. Our faith is not the source of our righteousness. God is. Our part is to believe in what God has done for us in Christ. Our faith is not what saves us, it is Christ who saves us and our faith is the means in which the saving work of Christ is applied to our lives. Our faith does not cause salvation, it is a conduit of the grace of God. You either believe in what He has done, or you do not.
- We are to “confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord”. There is a verbal and visual external acknowledgment and allegiance to Jesus who is our Lord and our King coupled with an internal belief in our heart that God did indeed raise Jesus from the dead and in the confession of Christ and faith in Christ we are saved.
- Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame at the resurrection. Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. This is good news for all people! From the penthouse to the prison, to the old and to the young, to the liberal to the conservative, to all people from every tribe, tongue and nation, to every vocation and location, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!
Faith comes through hearing
Rom 10:14-17 ESV
But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
- There is salvation for all those who believe by faith the message of the Gospel. People come to faith by hearing the message. That should create in us a focus and burning desire to share the message of Christ with all people everywhere. This is why we send people to do this, this is why we go to tell. It is not to grow our brand or expand our church. It is to populate the kingdom of heaven with the children of God so that the glory and goodness of God will be seen for what it is. How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! Those who are the messengers of the message of salvation, the ones who carry the message.
- So, faith only can come from hearing the message of Christ, so we must be participants of bringing this message to others. Even though not all people will believe and not all people will obey the gospel in submitting themselves to the risen Lord and apply His righteousness for themselves.
Not everyone who hears will believe
Rom 10:18-21 ESV
But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.” 19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”
20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me;
I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.” 21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
- Paul then uses the illustration of Israel in which God revealed Himself to them and stretched out His hands in invitation to know Him as His children, but the nation rejected Him and were disobedient to Him and went their own way. So, God then gathered people who were not looking for Him and showed Himself to people who were not asking for Him to make the nation of Israel jealous and to turn to God in faith.
- What does this all mean for us, what does this all mean for you?
- You have to make a choice when it comes to salvation. Are you going to stand in front of God and His judgment on your behavior, trusting and establishing your own innocence to God’s law so that you will not experience the wrath of God on sin? Or are you going to place your trust in Christ and His righteousness for the salvation of your soul?
- How are you going to participate in living the Gospel and communicating the message of the good news about Christ? How does this work in your family, in your friends, in your neighborhood, in your school, in your work and in the greater world? We have the blessing of the knowledge of Christ and the message of the Gospel. We also have the privilege and the responsibility of communicating this message for and to others. How are you partnering with God in enabling others to communicate these things to the world and doing so in your world as well?
- Don’t be surprised or afraid that people will reject the message, because some people surely will. However, there are those who will respond – all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved and God knows who are His and He is continuing to work His sovereign plan of salvation until the work is done. He will return in is Glory to judge the living and the dead and to make all things new.
- Don’t give up – keep going, keep giving, keep growing – we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Pray, practice and proclaim the gospel to all people everywhere.
Questions for the week ahead:
- What stood out to you from this message?
- What has God laid on your heart in response to it?
- What tangible things are you going to do now going forward?