Romans 10 Podcast – No Difference Between Jew and Gentile

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We’re in Romans 10, we’ve come a long way.
We’re going to try and read through maybe the whole thing, but if we don’t, we’ll pick up wherever we leave off on the next podcast.
Let me jump into it.
I’m reading Romans 10 verses 1 through 4, which says, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.”
For I can testify about them, but they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own.
They did not submit to God’s righteousness.
Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
Bam!
Yeah, so they were… it says zealous for God as many people are, many religious, spiritual people.
Are zealous for God? It says, “But their zeal is not based on knowledge.” Or let’s say based on the truth of the Word of God.
Here, Paul is inspired by God to write this.
And I think the key here is in Romans 10, 3, since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own.
They did not submit to God’s righteousness.
Right. It was all about them.
And their works.
Making up their rules and regulations and…
So, I think this goes on today in many of the Christian circles that people don’t understand that they have the righteous one living in them.
That they have imputed righteousness. They’re always right with God.
Amen.
100% take it to the bank. God is not going to love you any more.
Yeah.
That he already does because you are in Christ.
And he’s in you.
And you can’t get any more righteous than you are.
Which is hard for people to hear that.
So, what we read last week was Romans 9.30 says, Paul says, “What shall we say then that the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness?”
Right? They didn’t have the law. They didn’t try and get right with God through obedience to the law.
They were trying to…what does it say like in Romans 8 or so, by their conscience had them guilty. They were guilty by their conscience.
They didn’t do it anyway.
Yeah. They didn’t…
Yeah. They didn’t need the law.
Yeah.
They didn’t need the law.
And they came and were made righteous without the law. It says, “But Israel who pursued the law as a means of righteousness has not attained their goal.”
The goal of being saved, the goal of being right with God, not by obedience to the law, but by faith and faith alone in Christ.
Really, it’s not a pain, it’s a stumbling stone to people today. And I hope if you’re listening that you go through the scriptures, especially the book of Romans, to learn that when you came to Christ, you have been made right with God. It’s done deal.
I’m going to read Hebrews 5, 11 to 14. These are some great verses.
It says, “We have much to say about this, but it’s hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.” In fact, by this time you ought to be teachers.
You need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s Word all over again. You need milk, not solid food.
Anyone who lives on milk, catch this, being still an infant is not acquainted with the teachings about righteousness.
They were still eating the baby formula.
So we’re eating some steak here because we’re talking about the imputed righteousness that we receive by faith.
And if you’re still thinking that it’s your obedience to God through the law or another means makes you right with Him, you’re drinking milk.
Absolutely. That is not the way to go.
Listen, let me back up to verse 1. That jumped out at me as I was reading this this week.
I just read it. Verse 1 says, “Brothers, my heart is dire in prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.”
So my question is, do we pray for other people to be saved? White Paul is saying right here in Romans chapter 10.
Well, I think a lot of Christians probably do pray that their mother, brother, neighbor, sister, friend would come to Christ and be saved.
Absolutely.
And so I, one of the guys that I listened to, I’ve said his name a million times on this thing, Andrew Farley, he says, “You can’t pray somebody into heaven.”
And I understand what he’s trying to say. It’s like, you know, Catholics praying for their, you know, relatives in purgatory trying to pray them out of purgatory or whatever.
So yeah, I don’t think that we can necessarily change a person’s heart by praying for them. But what, because I do pray for one guy, it’s weird, but, you know, I pray for this one guy very, very regularly in my meditations in the morning.
And what I’ve come to realize, because I ask God, I was like, you know, I think this ongoing conversation in my head, you know,
God is just in really going to come to Christ through my prayer to you.
So I’m having this thing with God. And what, what I feel like, and, you know, I’m not like God said some audible thing to me, is that
Justin may not come to Christ through my prayer, but my heart is changing for Justin. And when I engage with Justin, you know, my heart’s going to be molded for him.
And so I don’t know, I’m not saying anything definitive right now, but I just, when this first one I read it, and I was like, “Man,
do we really pray sincerely for the salvation of the people?” White Paul did. Paul loved these Israelites. Paul saw that they were totally on the wrong path.
And he was like, sincerely desiring for their salvation.
So I think about what you’re talking about, Kevin, that your prayer is that they may be saved. But I think that really puts your mind where God wants it to be when you’re with your friend.
Because now you’re thinking and praying that I hope it comes to Christ. And if I get this opportunity, I’m going to say something.
And it’s because of that God’s will for you that you are praying for him. But it’s, yeah, it’s like it’s on your mind. So you’re just ready for the right time.
It happens to say, “Hey, Justin, do you want to know about Jesus?”
Amen. Be ready in season and out of season to give you reason for the hope that we have in Christ.
Yes. I was going to Romans 5. It says, “Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law. The person who does these things will live by them.”
And so I read that and I’m like, “You know what? There’s probably a better way of saying that.” And the new living translation gave me a better way.
It says, “For Moses writes that the laws, way of making a person right with God, requires obedience to all its commands.”
And sometimes I even read the NIV, I just wish it was me that much easy. But every version has pros and cons. And they’re versions.
And it’s really for us to believe that it’s the Holy Spirit that leads us into truth, not a version.
Yes, absolutely. That’s the most important thing, the truth of the gospel.
Yes. So Moses wrote about the righteousness that was based on keeping the law. That’s what Romans 10 and 5 says.
Paul, however, is writing a different message to Israel and Gentiles that your righteousness would come by faith and faith alone.
You’d get right with God, not by obedience to law, but by faith. So Moses was teaching one thing, Paul was teaching another.
We have the Old Covenant and then we have the New Covenant, the New Agreement between God and man.
Yeah, this is just yet another example of Paul making this huge contrast, righteousness by the law, righteousness by faith.
He’s just beating this drum time and time again, chapter and chapter again using different illustrations.
And then in verse 6 it says, but the righteousness that is by 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 deep.
That is to bring Christ up from the dead. You know, that’s not that easy to understand when you’re reading that.
Paul saying to Israel, do not attempt to bring the Messiah down from heaven by your works.
And that’s why it says, do not say in your heart Israel, who will ascend into heaven or who will descend into the deep.
Do not say that. Do not think your works will bring the Messiah down. He’s already come down.
Well, even, yeah, he’s come down in incarnation as a baby to earth.
He’s down to heaven and, you know, the next verse says that is to bring Christ up from the dead. He rose from the dead, the resurrection incarnation and the resurrection.
What you take eight and through 11.
But what does it say? The word is near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart.
That is the word of faith we are proclaiming that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart, they got raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Bride, it’s with your heart that you believe and are justified and it’s with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
I’ll tell you what, Kevin, this verse just jumps off the page because what Paul is saying is that if you believe that Jesus rose from the dead, you will be saved.
Now, if you ask most people, we’ve talked about this for five years on our podcast, when you came to Christ, what was your understanding of salvation?
Yes.
Clearly saying that if you believe in your heart, that God raised him from the dead, he’s taking what happened on Good Friday, which is in a week from now.
Yeah.
To the resurrection and say that is the key to salvation, putting your faith that Jesus rose from the dead.
Well, I’m glad we didn’t get through another podcast without saying that again. I hate to break a five-year streak of saying the same thing over and over and over again.
It’s only because Paul says it over and over and over.
I mean, we’re reading through Romans.
It’s hard not to.
Paul is very repetitive.
And so that is very important to know come to Christ by believing that Jesus rose from the dead and you will be saved.
Yes. That is actually Romans 10, 9 and 10 is one of the verses in the Roman roads.
If you ever see the little tracks that are out there, that is part of the Roman roads.
So you’re absolutely right. This is a very, very important verse in the Gospel.
It’s right there. It’s plain as simple.
Verse 12, there is no difference between Jew and Gentile.
The same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
You got spiritually dead Jews, spiritually dead Gentiles.
There’s no difference. We read that in Romans 3.
And the same Lord God will bless all Jew and Gentile.
But you got a call on him. Call on him with what we just read that you believe in your heart.
Yes.
He rose Jesus from the dead.
The same spirit that rose Jesus from the dead is what raises us from the dead.
And people say, I didn’t know I was dead. I only know I was a sinner and I needed forgiveness.
But no, you’re spiritually dead. That’s your big problem.
Being a sinner is a byproduct of that. Your big problem is your dead. You need life.
You only want to give your life as Jesus. That’s what he’s talking about here.
We’re just commenting on it.
Yeah, I mean, I just also just thought came of mine about it.
It says believe in your heart. I would say that the believing in the heart is the crucial element.
And I don’t want people to get all hung up on like, oh, I’ve got to confess with my mouth because there’s a lot of other places in the Bible in a New Testament where it doesn’t say that.
It just says believe in your heart. Have faith in Christ.
So if you’ve never gone out and told a million people at your Christian, but you should be able to tell somebody you’re a Christian.
So, so yeah, I mean, I don’t want people to get hung up on on that aspect of the confessing with your mouth.
You know, talking about this thing with you and Gentile and how you and I as you and Gentile, we’ve been united in Christ.
It takes me to Ephesians 2 that we have our Friday night Bible study. I just want to read a few verses and Ephesians 2, 14 for he himself is our peace.
You and I. He has made the two groups, Jew and Gentile one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.
That is was back then and is today.
So by setting aside in his flesh, the law with its commands and regulations, his purpose was to create him in himself one new humanity out of the two Jew and Gentile, thus making peace.
And then one body to reconcile both of us to God through the cross by which he put to death their hostility.
And then came and preached peace to you who were far away, those are Gentiles and peace to those who were near those were Jews.
Through him, Jesus, we both have access to the Father by one spirit.
I love that broke down the wall of hostility.
You know there was a lot of hostility between the Jews of this day, and letting these stinking Gentiles in to their country club of faith or country club of works.
They weren’t by faith at all, but their religion is what I was trying to say.
Man, that wall of hostility is broken down.
I experienced that for the last 30 years with Gentiles and never grew up around our friends, neighbors, all Jews.
So this is one of the biggest miracles I’ve experienced.
So how then can they call on the one they have not believed in?
How can they believe in the one who they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.
That’s you.
Amen. That’s you too.
But not all of the Israelites accepted the good news, and we know that.
Rizeia says, “Lord, who has believed our message? Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”
But I asked, “Did they not hear?” Speaking of the Jews? Of course they did.
The voice has gone up into all the earth. Their words to the end of the world.
Again, I asked, “Did Israel not understand?” First Moses says, “I will make you Jews envious by those who are not a nation, the Gentiles, and I will make you angry by a nation that is no understanding.”
And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who did not seek me. I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.
But concerning Israel,” he says, “all day long, I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people, speaking of Israel.
You’ve got disobedient and obstinate Jews, and you’ve got disobedient and obstinate Gentiles.”
That’s just somebody who is not a believer.
Jewish people are, I would say, the most special people in the whole world in all of history.
And I heard somebody say, like somebody asked the theologian, “I don’t know who it was, but maybe it’s Sturgeon,” or somebody said, “What is your proof for God?”
His response was the Jews. And if you study the Jews and everything they’ve been through, the land and the book and all their struggles, it’s absolutely…
And then, you know, they’re in this book.
You know what I mean? From the very beginning of this book, from the beginning to the end of this book, the Jews are there.
And so it’s so amazing just to learn more about the Jewish people and everything they went through then.

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