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Romans 10




SCRIPTURE: Romans 10

Romans 9 has a lot to say about the sovereignty of God.  Romans 10 has as much to say about the responsibility of man.  God is the Sovereign King of the Universe.  He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present.  He is able to do whatever it is that He wills to do.  And yet, He gave man a free will.  He gave man the ability to choose Him or reject Him.  And when it comes to salvation, God has chosen not to override the free will of man.

In other words, it is plainly God’s will for everyone to be saved.  Jesus died for the sins of the whole world.  For God so loved the world… God is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.  And yet not everyone will be saved.  Why?  God gave every human a free will to accept or reject the offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.  

As this chapter opens, you see where Israel, as a nation, was zealous for God but continued in their ignorance when it came to knowing how they could have a relationship with God.  They created their own righteousness and rejected the righteousness of God.  They were given the commandments that Galatians 3:24 says were intended to be a “school master” to lead them to Jesus.  But as a nation, the Jewish people rejected Jesus.  They exercised their free will and refused the good gift of salvation that God freely offered them.

The irony is when you get to verse 9 God has made salvation so easy to have.  The person just have to believe a couple of truths about Jesus (He is Lord and God raised Him from the dead) and you can be saved.  If we believe and confess Jesus to be Lord, we can be saved.

Just the other day I was having a conversation with a gentleman about his salvation.  I asked him if he was saved.  He said that he was.  I asked him if he knew where he would spend eternity.  He said he hoped he would go to heaven.  I talked with him a bit about the difference in hoping you would go to heaven and knowing you would go to heaven.

Then he asked me the question.  He said, “How do you know if you did it right when you asked Jesus to save you?”  We had a bit of a conversation about that that I think helped both of us.  But his question, nonetheless, needs to be answered.

How do you know if you did it right when you asked Jesus to save you?  The answer is God has made it so simple for any of us and all of us to be saved.  Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth.  Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and ask Him to save you.  That simple.

In fact, anyone who tries to add anything to that has corrupted the gospel.  As important as baptism is, if we make baptism necessary for salvation we have corrupted the gospel.  As important as church membership is, if we make church membership necessary for salvation we have corrupted the gospel.  As important as moral living is, if we make moral living necessary for salvation, we have corrupted the gospel.  The only thing necessary for salvation is Jesus.  Everything else might be important later on.  But the only thing necessary for salvation is Jesus.

And the good news is He really will save any and all who call upon His name.

What a glorious Savior!

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Romans 9





After all the great things that Paul taught us in chapter 8, chapter 9 seems to be a sudden stop.  That is not to say that chapter 9 isn’t important.  It is vastly important.  It teaches us about some of the mysteries of the sovereignty of God.  But it also seems very different from the spiritual highs of chapter 8.

As chapter 9 opens, we find Paul with an incredibly burdened heart.  He speaks of having a great sorrow.  The word for sorrow can also be translated heaviness or grief. He then says he has an unceasing anguish.  This is a continual pain deep within him.

The logical question would be what is it that has Paul in such devastating, grieving pain.  The answer is it is about the Jewish nation.  Paul knew that as a nation, Israel had rejected Jesus.  That doesn’t mean individual Jewish people hadn’t accepted Jesus.  They had by the thousands.

But as a nation, they had turned their back on Jesus.  And Paul knows that this rejection would result in an eternity in hell.  The great irony for Paul was that the Jewish people had so much in their favor.  They were the chosen people of God.  They had followed the glory of God out of Egypt.  They were in a covenant relationship with God.  God had given them the Law.  At the time, they alone were the only people who could worship God in an acceptable way.  And all the Old Testament patriarchs were either the progenitors to or part of the Jewish race.

They had all of this going for them.  And “all of this” pointed only at Jesus.  Yet when Jesus arrived, they refused Him.  They ignored Him as long as they could.  And ultimately they crucified Him.  

Paul grieved this about Israel so much that he said he wished himself accursed and cut off from Christ.  In other words, Paul would have given up his salvation, his way to eternity in heaven, if Israel would simply turn to Jesus.  Said another way, Paul was willing to spend forever in hell if only Israel would turn to Jesus.

That, my friends, is a burden.  It is one thing to want to see someone saved.  It is another thing to finally find the courage to share the gospel with someone.  But I have to tell you it is completely off the charts for someone to be so burdened that they would give up their own salvation to see someone else saved.  

I honestly don’t know what to do with this.  I grieve the fact that my burden for the lost pales in comparison to Paul’s burden.  I grieve the fact that I am not so passionate about sharing the gospel that I would do whatever it takes to see someone else saved.  I grieve the fact that I don’t care more about those who don’t know Jesus.

We live in a nation that is retreating from Jesus at a most rapid pace.  Our nation, as a whole, has decided to reject the truths of the gospel and live whatever life they choose to live.  While I understand they have a civil right to do that, I know that rejecting the gospel is rejecting heaven.  And if people don’t go to heaven when they die, they can only go to hell.

Lord, give me a burden for the lost around me.  Give me a burden to share the gospel regardless of the cost.  Give me a burden to understand the value of one human soul.  

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