Tag: stumbling stone in Zion
Scripture reading for July 26th: Romans 9:25-10:12
It has been noted that Paul quoted from ten different Old Testament books in chapters 9-11 of Romans. Paul’s thorough knowledge of Scripture enabled Him to write thirteen of the letters in the New Testament and be used by God as an apostle and missionary church planter all over the known world of that day.
Paul had a first-hand encounter with Jesus Christ and learned that Jesus Christ was Lord on the Damascus road. (Acts 9:3-5) He was a pious Jew who was zealously persecuting Christians and having them put to death! He had a zeal that was not in accordance with knowledge. (Romans 10:1-4) Just like his own past life, Paul’s own countrymen were seeking to establish their own righteousness through zealously trying to keep God’s law instead of submitting to God’s righteousness through Christ. “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness of everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4)
Faith in Christ is God’s prescribed path of righteousness for all men. “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and heart,” (Deuteronomy 30:14) that is is the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:8-10) None of our works can save us. It is faith in our heart that Jesus Christ is God’s way of righteousness because of His sinless life and sacrificial death for us that is our way of salvation. This is expressed by a verbal confession: “Jesus is Lord!”
It is simple and easy to become righteous in God’s sight. “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11) (Isaiah 28:16) Both Jew and Gentile have the same way of faith. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) (Joel 2:32) (Acts 2:21) Paul preached from the same text that Peter used on the day of Pentecost! Salvation has been made available universally to all who declare: “Jesus Christ is Lord!” He alone is able to save us from the power of sin and the penalty of sin which is eternal death in the Lake of Fire. Make that declaration today with your mouth!