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About-Him.Com Devotional 12-29-2012

Thoughts on Romans 10
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ

In Romans 10:1-4, Paul expresses his regrets that his fellow countrymen have rejected the gospel of Christ. They were still zealously practicing the rules and rituals of the law, while refusing to recognize that all of the law pointed to Christ Jesus. When He paid the debt for our sins on the cross of Calvary, the law ended and grace began. Paul said that they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, had not submitted to His righteousness, but had instead gone about to establish their own righteousness. People still do that today, eh? The prophet Isaiah described our own self righteousness as being nothing more than filthy rags (Is. 64:6).  

After Israel’s rejection of Jesus, God opened the door for the gentiles to be saved.  They, by believing and accepting the gospel message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ were endowed with the righteousness of God which is by faith of Christ Jesus (Ro. 3:22).  

Romans 10:5-7 has wording that is somewhat unclear. It warns against looking for another Savior. We can’t bring a new Messiah down from heaven, or resurrect a different Christ from the dead. Jesus has already been here and accomplished all that is necessary for our salvation.  

Romans 10:8  But 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;  

All we can do is to listen to the word of faith that is in our hearts and mouths, and obey it.  

Romans 10:9a.  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,...  

This sounds like what some would call easy believism. Far from it! Our confession of the Lord Jesus stems from the word of faith that God implanted in our hearts when we first heard the gospel. It was all of God’s doing, not ours. He favored us to hear the good news that Jesus died for unworthy sinners and He granted us grace to be able to receive it. He chose us first and all we can do is either accept Him or reject Him.  

John 1:10-12 tells us the same thing: Jesus the Creator came into the world and the world didn’t recognize Him. But those who received Him and believed on His name received the power to become the sons of God. When they received Him, they were born of God. They weren’t born by the will of man, but by the will of God.  

Romans 10:9b.  ….and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  

Believing from the heart is a lot different than mere mental assent.  Believing that Jesus died for our sins causes repentance which brings forth reformation. The crowd at Pentecost believed the words of Peter and were pricked in their hearts when they realized that they had crucified the Lord of glory. Their believing caused them to cry out, “What must we do?”  

Believing from the heart produces discipleship.  Jesus laid down some stern guide lines for disciples, such as taking up our cross, forsaking family and possessions and following Him (Lu. 14:26,33).  

Believing from the heart causes us to meet the Lord in the waters of baptism. Jesus made it a condition of salvation (Mk. 16:16).  
Believing from the heart makes us eager to have the living water of God’s Spirit springing up within us unto everlasting life (Jn. 4:14).  

Romans 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  

It can’t be stated much simpler than this.  

Romans 10:11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  

When this was written, people thought twice before they spoke of a new religion. Believers paid a price for giving allegiance to Jesus, rather than Caesar. They lost their homes and professions and were often put to death. So we can be sure that  whatever confession proceeded from their mouths originated in their hearts.  

Jesus said that if we confess Him before men, He would confess us before His Father in heaven. The first disciples were definitely not ashamed. They rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for the name of the Lord (Ac. 5:41).

Somebody Has Said
"If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself." - Augustine 

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