Paul wishes that all people may be saved. Righteousness by faith. A great summary of the Christian message. Anyone can call on the Lord Jesus. [UPDATED]
my heart’s desire. Paul had a heart for people. He desired that they know Jesus Christ.
they have a zeal for God. Israel was called “the God-intoxicated people.
not according to knowledge. The Hebrew word for “knowledge” is “hepignôsin.” It means intensive, full knowledge.
The people Paul was speaking of had the knowledge of God, but not a full knowledge that includes Jesus Christ.
VERSE 3. For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they didn’t subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
Christ is the fulfillment of the law. The Greek word for “fulfillment” is htelos. It means that Jesus Christ is the end purpose of the Law. The Law pointed to him. It was meant to bring us to Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:24. So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
VERSE 5. For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, “The one who does them will live by them.”
VERSE 6. But the righteousness which is of faith says this, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down);
Deuteronomy 30:12. It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up for us to heaven, bring it to us, and proclaim it to us, that we may do it?”
Deuteronomy 30:13. Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will go over the sea for us, bring it to us, and proclaim it to us, that we may do it?”
the abyss. This is a bottomless pit. It is the home of demons.
Luke 8:31. They begged him that he would not command them to go into the abyss.
Romans 10:7. or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.)”
Revelation 9:1. The fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from the sky which had fallen to the earth. The key to the pit of the abyss was given to him.
Revelation 9:11. They have over them as king the angel of the abyss. His name in Hebrew is “Abandon”, but in Greek, he has the name “Apollyon”.
Revelation 11:7. When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.
Revelation 17:8. The beast that you saw was, and is not; and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go into destruction. Those who dwell on the earth and whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel when they see that the beast was, and is not, and shall be present.
Revelation 20:1. I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
Revelation 20:2. He seized the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole inhabited earth, and bound him for a thousand years,
Revelation 20:3. and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were finished. After this, he must be freed for a short time.
VERSE 8. But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;” that is, the word of faith which we preach:
Deuteronomy 30:14. But the word is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.
VERSE 9. that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. This is a great summary of the whole Christian message. It is very useful for ministry.
VERSE 10. For with the heart, one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation.
VERSE 12. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich to all who call on him.
Whoever. Nobody is barred from the love of Jesus Christ.
VERSE 14. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher?
How will they hear without a preacher? For someone to call on Jesus Christ, they need someone to tell them about Jesus Christ. Let’s be that person who is ready to share the news of Jesus Christ with those who need him.
VERSE 15. And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
bring glad tidings. Do you bring glad tidings of good things to the people around you?
Or are you a source of bad news?
VERSE 16. But they didn’t all listen to the glad news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”
Isaiah 53:1. Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD’s arm been revealed?
John 12:38. that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, “Lord, who has believed our report? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
Romans 10:16. But they didn’t all listen to the glad news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”
faith comes by hearing. People need to be told about Jesus Christ.
hearing by the word of God. To tell people about Jesus Christ, we should use the Bible.
Amos 8:11. Behold, the days come,” says the Lord GOD, “that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the LORD’s words.
Proverbs 28:9. He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.
Baruch 1:3. And Baruch did read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joakim king of Judah, and in the hearing of all the people that came to hear the book,
Romans 10:17. So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
VERSE 18. But I say, didn’t they hear? Yes, most certainly, “Their sound went out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
VERSE 19. But I ask, didn’t Israel know? First Moses says, “I will provoke you to jealousy with that which is no nation. I will make you angry with a nation void of understanding.”
VERSE 20. Isaiah is very bold and says, “I was found by those who didn’t seek me. I was revealed to those who didn’t ask for me.”
VERSE 21. But about Israel he says, “All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
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