Charles H. Spurgeon. Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject. What must Israel do to be Saved?. Romans 10 Pg. 836 (pew Bible). Let’s Read. Romans 10. Romans 10:1. Paul writes to:
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Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject.
Pg. 836 (pew Bible)
Paul writes to:
What do they need to be SAVED from?
If Paul described orthodox Jews as people who needed to be saved 2000 years ago, there is NO reason to think God has a separate plan of redemption for Jews.
FACT: You can have a sincere zeal for God and be cast into the lake of fire for all eternity.
Turn to Matthew 7:22
1. Followers of Christ are not trying to establish their own righteousness before God.
2. Followers of Christ have submitted to the reality that they need God’s righteousness.
4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
5For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
6But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believein thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10For with the heart man believethunto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Given by God, faith is the confident trust in the promises of God and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ without any tangible proof.
The way a person answers the question: “How do you know you are going to heaven?” will determine whether they are going about doing things to earn God’s favor.
Exploits like this are NOT necessary to be saved.
The righteousness that is based on faith is quite different. It does not require valiant exploits such as bringing Christ down from heaven or up from the grave (vv. 6–7).
Paul quoted freely from Deut 30:12–13, substituting a phrase from Ps 107:26 (“down to the depths”) for “beyond the sea.” In pesher style he interpreted the verses in reference to the incarnation and resurrection of Christ.
Anything that is keeping someone from putting their faith in the gospel of Christ, to the exclusion of everything else.
You don’t have to go searching for faith.
ANDauthentic Faith always includes Repentance, Confession, Profession
Saved people don’t have to be asked to pray; they want to pray to the God who converted their souls.
Paul is NOT establishing two different events here; this is Hebrew parallelism.
Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek NT
Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Atheist all get saved the same way—no difference!
What does it mean to call?
According to Wuest:
Getting a Jew to call upon the Lord was NOT the issue—Jews were NOT willing to acknowledge that Jesus was the Christ—the Son of the One True Living God—that is the issue in this chapter.
Merely mouthing “Jesus is Lord” and proclaiming that Jesus rose from the dead cannot secure salvation. Presumably the devil (see Jms 2:19) and many people (Mt 7:21–23) could meet these requirements and not be true followers of Christ. A heartfelt confession of Jesus’ lordship designates a lifelong commitment that issues from the center of a person’s being, the heart. What matters is not saying Jesus is Lord but making Him Lord at the core of one’s existence. This is what Paul really meant by calling on the name of the Lord to be saved (10:13).
If you tell people that “praying a sinner’s prayer” is the same as calling on the name of the Lord, what will you say to them when they are doubting their salvation because there are no fruits of conversion?