That if thou shalt confess, etc. Romans 10:9, ESV: "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." But I say, Did not Israel know? This is the faith which saves the soul.” (Spurgeon). If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved: We do not gain God’s righteousness by works. “This might seem an exaggeration: the gospel had not been carried throughout all the earth, not even to all the lands that were known to the inhabitants of the Graeco-Roman world. He who believes aright in Christ Jesus will receive such a full conviction of the truth, and such an evidence of his redemption, that his mouth will boldly confess his obligation to his Redeemer, and the blessed persuasion he has of the remission of all his sins through the blood of the cross. The Reformers, following the lead of Luther, singled out justification by faith, prominent especially in Rom. But to Israel he saith - In the very next verse, ( Isaiah 65:2;), All day long have I stretched forth my hands, manifesting the utmost readiness and willingness to gather them all together under my protecting care; but I stretched forth my hands in vain, for they are a disobedient and gainsaying people. Having a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge, they sought salvation by works, and not by faith in Christ, Romans 10:2-4. b. “If a man called Jesus kurios he was ranking him with the Emperor and with God; he was giving him the supreme place in his life; he was pledging him implicit obedience and reverent worship.” (Barclay), ii. But the righteousness which is of faith - As it is most evident that there can be no justification by works, as all are sinful and all in a guilty state; if God will grant salvation at all, it must be by faith: but faith must have an object and a reason for its exercise; the object is Jesus Christ - the reason is the infinite merit of his passion and death. The law is magnified and made honorable by the death of Christ; and the doctrine of faith in his death and resurrection is fully proclaimed, and amply proved to be effectual to the purpose for which it was revealed. i. 4.0 out of 5 stars 38. And how shall they Preach except they be sent? 2. Romans 10:1: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.” Four observations: A. But what does it say? By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. And both his death and resurrection are essentially necessary for the salvation of a lost world. There can be no salvation without the Gospel: a dispensation of mercy and grace from God alone, here called. Browse Sermons on Romans 10. And their words to the ends of the world.”. How beautiful are the feet of them that preach - Dr. Taylor remarks on this quotation, which is taken from Isaiah 52:7, that "feet are variously used in Scripture, and sometimes have respect to things internal and spiritual. b. But they have not all obeyed the gospel. As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. (12-17) The Jews might know this from Old Testament prophecies. They have plenty of zeal but little knowledge. Bibliography InformationClarke, Adam. faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; because he is the same Lord who has made all and governs all, and is rich in mercy to all that call upon him. Have not the means of salvation been placed within the reach of every Jew in Palestine, and within the reach of all those who sojourn in the different Gentile countries where we have preached the Gospel, as well to the Jews as to the Gentiles themselves? i. a. Isaiah is very bold: Isaiah’s bold prophecy was a warning that Israel ignored, making them more accountable. i. b. But, says the apostle, How shall they Call upon him in whom they have not believed? There are several texts from which it may be gathered that believers shall not be put to shame.” (Spurgeon). The latter is the immediate consequence of the former; hence here not a Hebraizing mode of expression for the adverbial notion (he … Believe that he can save you; believe that he will save you; at any rate leave the whole matter of your salvation with him in unquestioning confidence. How then shall they call on him - As the apostle had laid so much stress on believing in order to salvation, and as this doctrine, without farther explanation, might be misunderstood, it was necessary to show how this faith was produced; and therefore he lays the whole doctrine down in a beautifully graduated order. (4-8) The contrast between God’s righteousness and our attempts at righteousness. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. April 12, 1998 THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE AND THE REALITY OF THE RISEN CHRIST (Romans 8:11) April 26, 1998 THE AUTHOR OF THE GREATEST LETTER EVER WRITTEN (First in a Series of Messages on Romans) (Romans 1:1) May ... (Romans 6:5-10) November Δέ] marking the transition to another prophet, as at Romans 9:27. ἀποτολμᾷ κ. λέγει] is emboldened and says. Therefore they are not saved. That is it: “Do and live.” That is the law, and a very just law, too. i. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek - All are equally welcome to this salvation. Their sound has gone out to all the earth: This quotation from Psalm 19:4 proves that the word of the gospel went forth and Israel heard it. And with what message which can bring salvation can they be sent, but with the Gospel of Peace, the Glad Tidings Of Good Things. Reader, let thy whole soul say with the apostle, Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. Receives continual supplies of grace from Christ by the eternal Spirit, through which the man is enabled to love God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength, and his neighbor as himself. Our Lord gives the law all it requires, not a part, for that would be an admission that it might justly have been content with less at first.” (Spurgeon). (1-4) The difference between the righteousness of the law, and the righteousness of faith. While there were people who could read, the ordinary first-century citizen depended rather on being able to hear something.” (Morris). a. work (668 pp. 1. See note on Romans 1:16. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. iii. John Piper Aug 31, 2003 18 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people." Sign up now! The universal spread of the Gospel predicted by the prophets, Romans 10:18-20. Therefore every Jew who rejected Christ rejected salvation, and that very salvation which the law witnessed and required, and which could not be had but through Christ alone. 1. d. Glad tidings of good things: Obviously, the salvation Isaiah prophesied about could not be salvation through works or the law. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For Christ is the end of the law - Where the law ends, Christ begins. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, Their sound has gone out to all the earth, i. Romans 10:14-21. c. How beautiful are the feet: No wonder those who preach have beautiful feet – they partner with God for the salvation of men. e. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation: These two together (belief and confession) result in righteousness and salvation. c. But the righteousness of faith: This is based on Jesus, and we don’t have to “work” to get Jesus. g. All who call upon Him: Again, note the emphasis on human responsibility. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. But that קו kau is used for word or speech is sufficiently evident from Isaiah 28:10, line upon line, precept upon precept, etc., where קו is analogous to word or direction. You can ignore the wider context of Romans 9-11 and zero in on the pregnant statements in verse 9 (“If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 10:5-15" 10 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. So, Sometimes the quotation is only intended to explain a doctrinal point, as. When we speak of looking upon Christ, and receiving, and feeding upon him, it is not Christ in heaven, nor Christ in the deep, that we mean; but Christ in the promise, Christ offered in the word. Plainly put, by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified (Romans 3:20). Saul of Tarsus was a notorious persecutor of Christians before Jesus confronted him on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20). d. Seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God: Israel had a lack of knowledge. If you want to live by the law (find life through the law), you must do the law – and do it completely and perfectly. 2. - Though the apostle knew that the Jews were now in a state of rejection, yet he knew also that they were in this state through their own obstinacy, and that God was still waiting to be gracious, and consequently, that they might still repent and turn to him. Browse Sermons on Romans 10:9-10. This most evidently refers to the calling or inviting of the Gentiles to partake of the benefits of the Gospel; and plainly predicts the envy and rage which would be excited in the Jews, in consequence of those offers of mercy made to the Gentiles. There is not a part of the promised land in which these glad tidings have not been preached; and there is scarcely a place in the Roman empire in which the doctrine of Christ crucified has not been heard: if, therefore, the Jews have not believed, the fault is entirely their own; as God has amply furnished them with the means of faith and of salvation. Ecclesiastes 5:1; : Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God. Paul does not rejoice that they have stumbled at that stumbling stone (Romans 9:32). To the ends of the world: “There is not a part of the promised land in which these glad tidings have not been preached; and there is scarcely a place in the Roman empire in which the doctrine of Christ crucified has not been heard: if, therefore, the Jews have not believed, the fault is entirely their own; as God has amply furnished them with the means of faith of salvation.” (Clarke). f. The Scripture says: “Referring, I think, to the general sense of Scripture, rather than to any one passage. Dr. Taylor. Christ as an atoning sacrifice for sin, was the grand object of the whole sacrificial code of Moses; his passion and death were the fulfillment of its great object and design. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Pulpit Commentaries. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. To a disobedient and contrary people.”. They are a disobedient and contrary people, and all the more so because of their great responsibility before God. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. In Psalm 19:4, the psalmist has קום kauuam, their line, which the Septuagint, and the apostle who quotes from them, render φθογγος, sound; and hence some have thought that the word in the Psalm was originally קולם kolam, voice. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. ii. He who asks mercy from God, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ, shall get his soul saved. Abhor that which is evil . a. I will provoke you to jealousy: God told Israel that He would bring others close to Him and make them jealous. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law - The place to which the apostle refers, seems to be Leviticus 18:5; : Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments; which if a man do, he shall live in them. If the text be translated, Whosoever shall invoke in the name of the Lord, which translation יהוה בשם יקרא yikra beshem Yehovah will certainly bear, yet still the term Yehovah, the incommunicable name, is given to Christ; because invoking in the name signifies soliciting one in the name or on the account of another. One teacher, in an article ironically called "By Grace You Are Saved" writes this: According to [Romans 10:9-10], there can be no "closet" Christians. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, For - being ignorant of God's righteousness -, For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law -, But the righteousness which is of faith -, But what saith it? Or the sense of the apostle may be this: They who will not believe in Christ crucified must in effect be seeking another Messiah to come down from heaven with a different revelation; or they who will not credit the doctrine that we preach concerning his resurrection seem in effect to say, Christ yet remains to be raised from the dead, and reign over the Jews as a mighty secular sovereign, subjecting the Gentile world to the sway of his righteous scepter. But Paul makes it clear: There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. Paperback. “I was found by those who did not seek Me; You can ignore the wider context of Romans 9-11 and zero in on the pregnant statements in verse 9 (“If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 10:5-15" (1-3) Israel’s refusal to submit to the righteousness of God. Drop at verse 28"There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. A disobedient and contrary people: This tells God’s assessment of disobedient, Messiah-rejecting Israel. Sometimes the quotation is designed to prove a doctrinal point. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. 3rdly, the message Preached, proclaimed, or properly delivered by him; 4thly, the proclamation properly Heard and attentively considered by the people; 5thly, the message which they have heard, conscientiously Believed; 6thly, the name of the Lord Jesus, by whom alone this salvation is provided, most fervently Invoked; then. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. When we confess… the Lord Jesus, we agree with what God said about Jesus, and with what Jesus said about Himself. This is where so many religious people – even sincere Christians – go astray. It is not even enough to believe in him, as being the Son of God, and the anointed of the Lord; but we must believe on him… The faith that saves is not believing certain truths, nor even believing that Jesus is a Savior; but it is resting on him, depending on him, lying with all your weight on Christ as the foundation of your hope. "Commentary on Romans 10:4". (5-11) The Gentiles stand on a level with the Jews, in justification and salvation. The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright John Piper. (18-21) Verses 1-4 The Jews built on a false foundation, and refused to come to Christ for free … First Moses says: “I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. The ingratitude and disobedience of the Israelites, Romans 10:21. “At least they have a, Seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God, i. If, therefore, there were not such a provision as is made by the death of Christ, no soul could be saved. This is where so many religious people – even sincere Christians – go astray. “Hearing is a reflection of first-century life. But I say, have they not heard? Yes: for we may say of the preaching of the Gospel what the psalmist has said ( Psalm 19:4;) of the heavenly bodies: Their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. It is not as if we have to ascend into heaven or descend into the abyss to gain Jesus. We should not ignore how scandalously simple this is (whoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved) and what an affront this is to every attempt of the flesh to be justified or any attempt to find salvation based on national or ethnic foundation. People cannot come to Jesus without the right information about the gospel, but information alone is not enough to save anyone. The word is nigh thee - There is no occasion to seek high or low for the saving power; the word of reconciliation is nigh. All Paul's teaching of God's election and right to sovereign choice has not diminished man's responsibility. i. Paul’s heart’s desire also translated into concrete action: prayer to God for Israel. For with the heart — Not with the understanding only; man believeth unto righteousness — So as to obtain justification, regeneration, and holiness, in all its branches; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation — So as to obtain eternal salvation. Romans 10:14-15 Dr. R.C. 4. Some wonder why Paul didn’t mention the crucifixion in this passage. fol. The feet speak of activity, motion, and progress, and those who are active and moving in the work of preaching the gospel have beautiful feet. “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): a. Christ is the end of the law: Jesus is the end of the law for those who believe. The law is our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ; it cannot save, but it leaves us at his door, where alone salvation is to be found. This makes them more accountable for their rejection of the good news. Cleave to that which is good. But what saith it? Separate this sacrificial death of Christ from the law, and the law has no meaning, for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins: wherefore the Messiah is represented as saying, Sacrifice and observing thou didst not desire; burnt-offering and sin-offering thou hast not required; then said I, Lo, I come to do thy will; a body hast thou prepared me, Psalm 40:6, Psalm 40:7; Hebrews 10:4-10; which proves that God never designed that the sacrifices of the law should be considered the atonement for sin, but a type or representative of that atonement; and that The atonement was the sacrifice offered by Christ. Romans 10:10. Paul was well aware of that; at this very time he was planning the evangelization of Spain, a province where the name of Christ was not yet known (c.f. “All day long I have stretched out My hands It’s remarkable that Paul found something good to say about these Jewish people who persecuted him so mercilessly. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. This time it was the truth of the gospel. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. That which is by faith described also, Romans 10:6-10. a. Faith comes by hearing, Romans 10:17. There must be a radical, ii. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 7thly, salvation, or redemption from sin and misery, and the enjoyment of peace and happiness, will be the result of such calling, believing, hearing, preaching, sending, and message sent: - and thus the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith is guarded from abuse. Because many among them had not believed his report – because they did not trust in God’s word through Isaiah and other messengers of the gospel. or, when brought down, and crucified and buried, as a sacrifice for sin, who can bring him up again from the dead? Study This. Who shall ascend unto heaven? etc. Please consider this request from John Piper … Professing to believe in Christ, without earnest, importunate prayer for salvation, can save no man. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”. - But to return to the objection: You say they have not all Believed; I ask: Have they not all Heard? Paperback. It is proposed to their understanding and conscience; but it does not become the means of salvation unless it be affectionately credited. But I say, have they not heard? So, Sometimes the design of the quotation is only to show that the cases are parallel: or, that what happened in his times corresponded with what happened in former days. Commentary on Romans Rosscup : This is a much-respected 746-pp. A preacher might get at this very challenging text from one of two directions. This grace is afforded in sufficient degrees suited to all places, times, and circumstances, so that no trial can happen too great to be borne, as the grace of Christ is ever at hand to support and to save to the uttermost. When, therefore, there is: Sometimes his intention goes no farther than using the same strong expressions, as being equally applicable to the point in hand. Romans 10:9-10 talk about the mouth and the heart not as if this is the single New Testament formula for salvation (for example, as if every salvation text must mention the mouth, or as if deaf-mutes cannot be saved, neither of which is true). The law is not compelled to lower its terms, as though it had originally asked too much; it is holy and just and good, and ought not to be altered in one jot or tittle, nor can it be. Commentary on Romans 10:5-11. Strange as it was, this too was foretold. But that wasn’t their only problem. They have a zeal of God - They believe their law to have come immediately from God himself, and are jealous of its glory and excellence; they conscientiously observe its rites and ceremonies, but they do not consider the object and end of those rites; they sin more through ignorance than malice; and this pleads in their excuse. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. The law is the letter that killeth; the Gospel is the spirit that giveth life. The man who does those things shall live by them: The Law of Moses makes the path to righteousness through the law plain. No man ever did, nor ever can, fulfill that law, so as to merit salvation by the performance of it: for, as all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, they are all under the curse of the law, which says: Cursed is every one who continueth not in all the things that are written in the book of the law to do them, Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10; therefore by the deeds of this law none can be justified, because all are in a state of condemnation for transgressions already committed against it. Confess with your mouth: Confession has the idea of agreeing with. 1832. b. I was found by those who did not seek Me: It is strange that Israel, for the most part, rejected their own Messiah. d. Believe in your heart: Mere intellectual agreement with the facts of the cross and the resurrection is not enough. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . a. For - being ignorant of God's righteousness - Not knowing God's method of saving sinners, which is the only proper and efficient method: and going about to establish their own righteousness - seeking to procure their salvation by means of their own contriving; they have not submitted - they have not bowed to the determinations of the Most High, relative to his mode of saving mankind, viz. That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. The law ends for the believer in the sense that our obedience to the law is no longer the basis for our relationship with God. - You object to this preaching among the Gentiles; but is not this according to the positive declaration of God? But the righteousness which is of faith — This is quite another thing; it — Romans 10:6. And how shall they Believe in him of whom they have not heard? The man who comes up to this standard, has ever been in it, and has never swerved from it, shall, by the law, live for ever. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Paul does not raise the possibility of the message being read. Daily Devotions with John Piper lets you experience the very best of Piper's teachings. They have plenty of, Zeal for God, but not according to knowledge, iii. And this gives the apostle opportunity to speak largely concerning their rejection in the following chapter. You must believe in your heart; and even that belief is not enough without accompanying action: confess with your mouth. 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