Hello and welcome to season 2 episode 98 of The Berean Manifesto brought to you by The Ekklesian House.  This is Pastor Bill and over the next probably 7 minutes, we are going to be talking about the simple Gospel.  To accomplish this we will be going through Romans 10:1-14.

Let’s get started with Romans 10:1-3 CSB, “[1] Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning (Israel) is for their salvation. [2] I can testify about them that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. [3] Since they are ignorant of the righteousness of God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness.”

Paul’s message here about trying to obtain righteousness through your own religious zeal can be claimed as the error of any, not just Israelites.  Even within The Church there are those who are trying to be righteous by their own works; saying the right thing, doing the right thing, following all the rules, donating enough money, volunteering enough time.  While all of these are good things, none of these make someone righteous and even the attempt to be righteous by your works stems from an ignorance of God’s righteousness and is a sign of not being saved at all.  It’s not a bad thing to do good works.  But, ticking off those boxes and it being a competition of righteousness, and it being about making yourself feel good.  That’s not what salvation is.

Romans 10:3-9 CSB, “[3] Since they are ignorant of the righteousness of God and attempted to establish their own righteousness, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. [4] For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes, [5] since Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them. [6] But the righteousness that comes from faith speaks like this: Do not say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven?” that is, to bring Christ down [7] or, “Who will go down into the abyss?” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead. [8] On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim: [9] 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.”

This ignorance of trying to be righteous apart from Christ is exactly what those following The Law given in The Old Testament were trying to do.  Regardless of how you feel about The Law, if you follow one part of the law then you must follow every part of the law forever, this was what Moses taught Israel.  But Faith teaches us a different message.  Not only can we not earn righteousness by the tangible work of our hands, but going into Heaven to physically find Christ, or even finding proof that He ever even existed at all is contrary to righteousness.  Righteousness is in your mouth and in your heart, your confession of faith in Christ inspired by the belief of your heart is righteousness, is salvation.

Romans 10:9-14 CSB, “[9] 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. [10] One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. [11] For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame, [12] since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. [13] For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. [14] How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher?”

In verse 13 Paul is quoting from Jeremiah 2, and while Jeremiah meant it in more the physical sense.  In the blessing of Israel, calling on the name of the Lord to be saved.  This is not the way Paul is using it, but there are those that have taken verse 13 out of context, Romans 10:13 CSB, “[13] For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  But Paul, as if he could see it coming, answers their claims in verse 14, Romans 10:14 CSB, “[14] How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? …”  You can’t just call out of hand call on the name of the Lord without belief and expect results, that’s not faith.

The simple Gospel is that you can’t earn salvation because the work of earning salvation has already been done for you.  Your salvation is a surrender to faith in Christ and faith in Christ is a surrender to the truth.

This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”

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