READ: Romans 10

BACKGROUND: In the chapters leading up to this, Paul spends a great deal of time talking about Israel. He desperately wants to see the people from his nation, God’s chosen people, following and obeying Jesus. Chapter 10 continues his discussion on who is saved and why they are saved.
By Verse:
2- Israel is zealous for God because of their pursuit of religious activity. Paul tells us to be zealous in understanding God’s righteousness.
4 – Righteousness comes directly through Christ, this is the only way to become righteous, or right with God. Also, “Christ is the end of the law” does not mean the law no longer exists, it means that Christ has completely and perfectly fulfilled it.
9-10 – This is a pretty clear explanation of what it means to be a Christ-follower.
10 – Salvation isn’t just about inward belief. It is also about outward confession and obedience.
13 – Peter quoted this same passage (Joel 2:32) on the day of Pentecost.
15 – This is a quote from Isaiah 52:7 where the prophet is talking about those who bring good news to the Israelites in exile and captivity in Babylon about their release. Paul uses it here to apply to those who bring good news to people in captivity to sin about their release through the cross.
18 – Quotation from Psalm 19:4
19 – Quotation from Deuteronomy 32:21
21 – The responsibility for Israel’s rejection was Israel’s fault. Israel had failed to keep its end of the covenant – faith.

THINK: Have you ever felt like you studied really hard for a test, but when the paper was placed in front of you, you blanked? I’ve done that before. I have gone into a final feeling so confident that I know the material backwards and forwards, but when it comes to actually spitting the information back out…I freeze. It takes me a minute or two to recall everything I have learned, or worse, the knowledge is just gone. I’m afraid we do this with the gospel too. Let me explain what I mean.

We may think we know what the Bible says pretty stinking well. Seriously, some of us have been in Sunday school since we were in our mother’s womb! We know the stories, we get the gospel. Or do we? When asked what we believe do we know what to say? Or do we mutter off a few words about Jesus dying on the cross and forgiveness? Do you really know how to tell someone about Jesus? Romans chapter 10 states the gospel in a beautiful and clear way. I encourage you to read it, and really really know it, so that you can take the opportunities given you to share your faith.

One of the first things we learn from Paul about the gospel is that it is close to every person. “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart (vs 8).” God is not trying to hide his truth from us, it is not far from us and people are able to get a hold of it. Scripture speaks here and says that in order to enter into Jesus’ kingdom we need to confess he is Lord and believe he is the risen Christ. What does it mean to “confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”?” Try to answer this question on your own, without reading on. How did you do? Here are some of my thoughts. This confession is a willingness to state out loud to the world that Jesus is in control of your life. You don’t run your life, your friends aren’t in control of your life and the standards of the world are not the ones calling the shots. God is. If Jesus is really your king, then you seek him for every decision.

Now again, answer this one on your own before reading my thoughts. What does it mean to “believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead”? We absolutely must agree with God’s truth that Jesus is alive! It was the power of God’s spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and he is living and powerful today!

So now let’s ask, what does it mean to be saved? For one it means we are a part of God’s eternal kingdom. Jesus is coming back to rescue, redeem and rule this world and we get to be a part of that holy rule. It also means that there is no longer any shame. God doesn’t look at our sin in disgust after we have clothed ourselves with Jesus. We are righteous in God’s sight. Another incredible thing about salvation: blessing! God richly blesses us verse 12. He blesses us so that we can go and be a blessing to others.

The best way we can bless others is by sharing with them the amazing truth of the gospel. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” There are people all around the globe that are in need of salvation, are we bringing it to them? The friends you hang out with this summer may need this truth spoken to them. There are billions of people around the world who are lost and in need of believers coming to tell them the good news of Christ. Verses 14 and 15 ask how people will know the gospel if no one tells them. We can be a part of telling these unreached people. I challenge you to start by logging on to www.joshuaproject.net and praying for an unreached people group. Pray for beautiful feet to bring the gospel there!

ASK: How well do I know the gospel? Ask God to open your eyes to opportunities to share.

CHALLENGE: Go to www.joshuaproject.net and pray that we who are saved will share this blessed gospel with these lost people.

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