ROMANS:ROAD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
There is a Price to Pay for Unbelief
Jerry A Collins
Can we do anything to win God’s approval?
How does God handle an unbelieving heart?
Why would anyone want to reject the gospel?
As I traveled back from
1. THERE IS NO WORKS-BASED PLAN TO BE APPROVED BY GOD 10:1 In chp 9:1-3 Paul actually said he
would be willing to be separated from Christ if it meant that his brothers in
10:3 While many did, still many more ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God as a gift were trying to earn a righteousness that could be theirs by rule-keeping. Result is they missed the real thing. The very Law they tried to keep was not even designed to save them but to bring them to self-despair because it was unkeepable.
10:4 This Law ended when Jesus Christ died (-33). It ended with Him because noone else could keep it—only Jesus has and we in turn get His righteousness when we believe. No work just a gift! God has terminated the whole Law of Moses. It is not longer a rule of life for us today. 9 of the 10 commandments are observed by us because those have become part of the Law of Christ which are Christ teachings given to the church in the NT thru the apostles.
10:5 It is plain and simple. If you can get approval by God through law-keeping then you have to obey all of it as Moses taught. Have at it! Only one person has been able to do it and everyone else has failed. The point is you cannot be justified by law-keeping. It will never work.
10:6-7 Again faith means that we admit we can never save ourselves. However, that does not mean pleasing God is beyond our reach. You cannot for instance, request Jesus to come on down and help you out. Nor can any of us do what Jesus did in dying and taking our punishment for sin. All that is needed is to accept what God has already done for them in Christ.
2. THE ONLY PLAN THERE HAS EVER BEEN IS THE FAITH-PLAN
10:8-9 So how does this kind of faith
operate? Fortunately you do not have to climb Mt Everest, swim the
10:10-11 Stated another way, it must start with belief in the ‘word of faith’ which the apostles were preaching vs 8. That is, that only in Jesus can God approve you. But it is the kind of faith that declares Jesus Lordship—confesses same thing the apostles confessed—that He is the only one who saves evidenced by His resurrection. People make fun of xianity but in the end you will never feel ashamed for having put your faith in Christ.
10:12-13 There is a Jewish God and a Xian God—there is only God. And here is assertion that Jesus is God Joel 3:5. Anyone praying in faith for salvation is in the goods! The door of salvation is open to anyone. This is only prayer of an unbeliver God promised to answer.
10:14-15 The chain of belief is 1. someone has to be sent 2. then preach the gospel 3. those there need to hear 4. then believe the gospel 5. then call upon the Lord and be saved. (Isa 52:7) Here is a runner with news of deliverance. We are messengers of good news. We are not telling someone to make the world better or to follow this code or to—just simply, concisely, clearly telling them what someone did for them on their behalf.
3. SOME WILL BELIEVE BUT MANY WILL REFUSE TO BELIEVE
10:16-17 While you share this good news only a few will receive God’s testimony with real conviction. Even this good news will seem bad to many. Hearing it over and over again will make no difference to them. The testimony must be mixed with faith to save.
10:18-20 First, Jews
rejection was not due to lack of opportunity vs 18 (Psa 19:4). They had special revelation from God,
patriarchs, prophets, priests. Second, it was not due to lack of understanding vs 19 (Deut 32:21). God reaching gentiles should have
10:21 God is calling and many of the Jews refused to answer that call if it included the gentiles in the kingdom and did not include their way of earning righteousness. You are just not going to win an argument against God.
1. Every generation includes a works based, rule keeping plan and every generation needs to have this pointed out.
2. Since faith is the only way to God’s approval, we cannot water it down or compromise it since stakes are eternal.
3. Share it, tell it, spread it and go after the few who respond to it in faith.