Romans 10: Righteousness and Zeal. Dr. Kenneth Jones. Paul’s Desire for Israel. Romans 10:1 - Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. Not Political: Paul is referring to salvation from the sin of unbelief; and the consequences of sin in hell.
Dr. Kenneth Jones
Romans 10:1 - Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Is zeal or enthusiasm of God exemplified in your life?
Galatians 4:18 “But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.”
Titus 2:14 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a
peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
Psalms 69:9 - For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
speaks of Christ, that the zeal of God’s house had eaten Him up. (John 2:17) He was controlled by, moved, or motivated by zeal
To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:15 'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.16 'So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit] you out of My mouth.17 'Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked
2 Pet. 1:5-6 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;”
Colossians 1:10 “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
Ephesians 5:17 “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. to him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
Acts 18:24- 28
And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and thatpublickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
Romans 3:10, 11- As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
There is none who seeks after God: We deceive ourselves into thinking that man, on his own, really does seek after God.
God captures our attention and stirs us through the Holy Spirit
Man on his own cannot find God, God seeks us out
Man in his ignorance searches for God through his rituals and religion, but God sent Jesus to restore man to fellowship with God
Today, Many Churches are making their own righteousness, looking to achieve peace and victory by their own means
The Gospel is more about them than God
Apart from Christ our right standing with God is impossible
Isaiah said that our righteous acts are like filthy rags
(Isaiah 64:6 )
He was talking about self righteousness (the things we do to try to make us right with God)
The Apostle Paul is saying that the Israelites didn't know God's righteousness and so they tried to establish their own
Like the Israelites our churches are filled with people who look holy but solely trust in themselves to be good enough for God
Compared to the nations around them, the Jews assumed they were good enough because the were the “People who had God’s laws,” but in comparison to God's righteousness, the law showed them it was impossible to fulfill on their own.
The law was intended to show us our inability to earn our way to heaven and to reveal our need for a savior.
Today it is my prayer that you recognize how righteous you are in Christ Jesus. You have God's righteousness covering you and you can stand in His presence fully justified, forgiven and loved. Sin is not an issue with him because he has paid your debt to it. Through faith in Jesus we are the righteousness of God, amen!