Romans 10:5-21 (ESV)
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 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); 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they 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? 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!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. 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.” 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.” 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.”
But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
This is a bit of a long passage for this devotional forum, but it sums up the series we have looked at this week, and I really can’t see where to cut it off. We have looked at Jesus being called the Stumbling Stone, because He changed things a bit. He turned the whole system of laws and regulations on its ear, because people just didn’t get it. People have a hard time with the concept that as it says in this passage, “For it is with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth on confesses and is saved.” We have looked at the Law, and the prophets, and that if we think we can earn God’s Mercy, we cheapen Jesus’ death. We have looked at how God is in charge, and He chooses whom He will. I believe that He wants all to know Him, but because He knows in advance who will choose Him and who will not, He pre-selected and set things up for those people.
The debate between Calvinism and Arminianism has raged for centuries. For more on this, or if you would like a better understanding of it, visit: https://www.compellingtruth.org/Calvinism-vs-Arminianism.html
Here in Chapter 10 of Romans, it tells us to preach the Gospel, to reach the lost. It should be noted the Paul was just sick over the thought that his own people, the Jews, were missing the boat.
Bottom line: We need to ensure that we trust Jesus! He is the author and finisher of our faith. We cannot earn His love. He gave His life and gives us life as a gift. The Holy Spirit lives in our hearts when we give ourselves to Him.
So move out, and take the GOOD NEWS to others. Whether in word or deed, do all for Christ.
by Virgil Stripes