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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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 5/31/15 – The Equation of Salvation Part II - Romans 10
 

Last week we began to look at the salvation equation.

          -That equation is found in Eph. 2:8

                   “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith . . .”

          -If we were to put that in an equation it would look like this.              

          X       Grace + Faith = Salvation

          -We ripped through Romans 9 and Paul’s argument of the “grace” part

of our salvation.

                   -We are of God’s choosing and Paul used many arguments to defend that.

                   -And the end result is that the promises of chapter 8 at true,

                             we are totally secure in Jesus’ love.

          -Today, in chapter 10, his argument moves to the “faith” component

of our salvation.

          -God’s sovereignty and our free will is one of the most argued doctrines

among believers.

          -Paul lays this paradox of God’s truth out without apology

                   as he presents them side by side.

                   -He doesn’t try to explain how they can both be true, he just presents

                             them and lets us deal with the tension between them.

                   -I believe that tension is good for our faith.

                             -It gets us up off the couch to work out our salvation

                                      and keeps us humble as we rely on God’s sovereign strength.

                   -It’s a bit of a mystery exactly how those work together, but they do.

                             -And I’m okay with that!

I invite you to join me in Romans 10 this morning as we look at the “free will”

          side of the equation.

READ 10:1-4
X  Sincere, but Sincerely Wrong 

          -Romans has used the phrase “the righteousness of God” all the way through.

          -Without being perfectly righteous, we cannot be accepted by God.

                   -That sounds harsh to our post-modern ears, but we are not talking about

                              degrees of righteousness, but the presence of sin in our lives.

                   -Any sin leaves us out of God’s holiness and in desperate need of

                             being forgiven for that sin and salvation.

                   -Since we all have some amount of sin in our lives, we all are in the same

                             boat, separated from God, and in need of forgiveness from God.

                   -Paul has spent much of the book making that case.

          -And when you boil it all down, there are only two paths to the righteousness

                   we need.

                   1.  Righteousness by works.

                             -The work of keeping to law to earn righteousness and salvation.

                             -This is the path that Israel took in trying to earn their

                                      own righteousness.

                             -And they were zealous for it.

                             -And God provided everything that was needed for them.

                                      -Out of all the people on the face of the earth, they had the

                                                 privilege of being given the written Word of God

                                                          and exposure to the living Word of God in Jesus.

                             -But they rejected what God provided and chose another way.

                             -This is the same path many people still take today.

                             -Although, it’s the opposite ditch, it’s based on the same thinking.

                             -The number one answer that people give me when I ask them if

                                      they will go to heaven is:

                                      “I think my good will outweigh my bad – God will accept me.”

                             -That recognizes the need for righteousness,

                                      and works to earn it.

                             -But their knowledge of God is way off.

                                      -They understand God’s love, but miss his justice.

                                      -They don’t believe that God could ever judge their sin.

                             -That is perfectly natural and they will hold to it zealously in hope,

                                  but it will never bring about the perfect righteousness that

                                      God accepts.

                             -A better righteousness is needed.

                   2.  Righteousness by faith.
                     -This also recognizes our need for righteousness.

                             -But instead of trying to earn it, it seeks God for it.

                             -It knows that God must judge sin because He is just.

                             -It recognizes that Jesus paid for their sin on the cross.

                             -And it accepts God’s love in Christ.

                             -A righteousness that is by faith Biblically understands how justice

                                      and love work together.

                             -That results in admitting sin, trusting in Jesus,

                                       and being given the righteousness of Christ.

          As chapter 10 begins, Paul is lamenting and praying for his fellow Jews.

                   -That they might put off their wrong view of righteousness,

                             renew their minds with right Theology and put on faith in Jesus.

                   -Paul knows first-hand about mis-guided zeal.

                   -We see religious people all around the world who are zealous for

                                       God, but they are on the wrong path.

                             -They are sincere, but sincerely wrong.

                   -You and I need to be zealous for the Lord, and we need to make sure that

                             we are zealous for the right things.

                   -Not only do we need right Theology, but we need to apply that

                             Theology correctly.

                   -The Jews had all the advantages of the written and living Word,

                             yet ended up on the wrong path.

                             -And if that doesn’t scare the pants right off you, then you don’t

                                      understand the human nature very well.

                   -That’s one of the reasons that Paul is writing about this – he understands

                             very well how easy it is to go astray.

                             -And he is warning us to stay on the right path.

                                      -It’s so easy to get off track and begin to rely on our own

                                                 righteousness, when we really need the righteousness

                                                           that God freely gives through faith in Jesus.

                   -Christ is the end of the Law in the sense that He fulfilled it perfectly.

                   -And Paul clarifies it for us who believe as His righteousness given to us.

 
READ Romans 10:5-8
X Two Paths – Two Results

          -As Paul continues in this passage, he contrasts the two paths to righteousness.

    Righteousness by Law

          -The first one is to obtain righteousness by keeping the Law.

                   -Paul quotes Moses by saying

                             “The person who chooses this path lives by it.”

                   -This person will live by the Law.

                             -Their life will be governed by the Law.

                             -Now, there are many benefits to patterning our lives to the Law

                                      and following it, but one of those benefits is not earning

                                                our salvation by keeping it.

                             -Keeping the Law will not justify us, nor bring salvation;

                                      it will only make us a slave to it.

                             -Paul has already stated that the purpose of the Law was to show us

                                our need for Christ and that there is nobody who can keep

                                       the Law.  “all fall short”

                   -The person who is trying to earn their salvation by keeping the Law will

                             be sincere, but in the end will be like the Pharisees.

                             -They will become introverted and judgmental.

                             -They will try so hard to keep the Law that they will reduce the Law

                                       down to what they can do.

                                      -Tithing on their mint leaves, but leaving the greater intent

                                                 of the Law undone.

                                      -Who can always do what is best for the other person?   

                                      -Who can always show mercy?

                                      -Who can always give everything to the poor?

                             -They might be characterized as loving and good,

                                      but they will fail someplace along the way.

                             -And choosing to live by the Law doesn’t allow for that.

                             -As James points out in 2:10

                                      “For whoever keeps the whole Law and yet stumbles at just

                                                 one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”                

                   -So Paul says that the person who lives by the law will never be perfect

                              and will still need a righteousness that comes from God in Christ.

                   -Working to establish your own righteousness as a basis for your salvation

                             will always fall far short and separated from God.

                   -The fact is, your good will never out-weigh your sin in God’s eyes.

                             -There will always be sin present.

      Righteousness by Faith

          -V. 6 signifies the contrast with “but”.

                   -Which is why you can never use “but” in seeking forgiveness,

                             it signifies that what was just said is in opposition to what you

                                      are going to say on this side of the “but”.

          -Paul has established that no matter how zealous you are, you can’t earn

                    salvation by keeping the Law.

          -But God has provided another way – through faith.

          -And Paul has been saying that since Rom 1:17

                   “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness

                   that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written:

                             the righteous will live by faith”.

          -And justification and salvation are not hard to get to.

                   -These verses are a little perplexing, but let’s take them simply.

                   -Paul’s point is to tell us that to find salvation:

                             -You don’t have to climb up to heaven and bring Christ back.

                             -And you don’t have to descend into the deep to raise Christ up.

                             -You don’t need some mystical, other dimensional experience.

                             -You don’t need to provide Superhuman feats.

                             -You don’t have to go great lengths to find Jesus, He came to you!

                   -What you do need to be saved is “close to you”.

                   -It’s found in the gospel.
 

                   -God came to us, died in our place, took the punishment that we deserve,

                             rose again, and invites us to come and place our faith in Him

                                      for the forgiveness of our sin.

                   -That is the Word of faith that has been clearly proclaimed in God’s Word

                             since the beginning.

                   -Salvation is by grace through faith.

                   -When we place our faith in Jesus, Paul gives us the result.

                   -Paul so clearly quotes from Isaiah 28:16

                             “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame”

                   -Romans 8:1 there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ.”

READ Romans 10:9-13
X Salvation by Faith
          1.  Confession that Jesus is Lord

          -Salvation is not just believing that God exists.

                   -James tells us that the demons believe that, but that doesn’t save them.

          -Paul is speaking of an abiding faith that believes that “Jesus is Lord”

                   -And not just in the sense that He is the Lord of the universe

                             or of creation, but He is my Lord.

                   -Paul is speaking of a deep trust in Jesus for salvation in such a way that

                           makes him my sovereign and makes me submissive to Him and His will.

                             -That willing submission is evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit

                              in one’s life.

                   -The NT never separates Jesus the Savior from Jesus the Sovereign God.

                   -And when the two terms are listed together,

                             Lord is always before Savior.

                             II Peter 3:18

                              “. . .grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus

                                Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. 

                   -Jesus was Lord before He became our Savior.

                   -That means that we were subservient to Him before, but now

                              we serve with a heart that is thankful for what He has done.

          2.  Believe God raised Him from the dead.

          -There are other truths about Jesus, but to believe that God raised Him

                   from the dead confirms all the rest.

                   -If He was not raised, we would doubt the incarnation, the virgin birth,

                        and his perfect life – in essence we would be looking for someone else.

                   -But the resurrection validates all the rest.

                   -Paul raises the question in I Cor. 15 about the resurrection

                             “and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; 

                                      you are still in your sins.”

                   -But to believe that God raised Jesus, identifies us with the One who

                              redeemed us on the cross and rose again to bring us eternal life.

 

          -We might wonder who “anyone” is, and it’s very interesting in the Greek.

                   -In the original language, this particular term means “anyone”.

                   -Jew or Gentile – anyone can trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness

                              of their sin.         

                   -It’s not restricted by nationality, ethnic groups, social status,

                             moral choices, or political parties.

                   -Literally, the gospel is open to anyone who will trust in Jesus for

                             the forgiveness of their sins.

                   -That means you can come, that means your neighbor, that you disagree

                              with about social issues or how to best bake a cake can

                                      come to faith in Jesus.

                   -In the Gospel, we have wonderful, “good news” for this world.

                             -Anyone can come, and it’s right there – it’s not beyond anyone.

          -It starts in the heart and moves to the mouth.

                   -The heart is the emotional, intellect, and decision making core of

                             our being that God built into us.

          -All through this passage is the emphasis on the heart to make a free choice.

          “Belief, faith, if you confess, if you believe, if you trust, all who call, everyone

                   who calls” are all terms that place the emphasis on our free choice.

                   -They all signify our responsibility and is based on our choice to place

                             our faith in Jesus.

                             -When we do, salvation results.

          -And once the heart makes that choice, the joy of knowing Christ

                   will come out of the mouth.

-So we come to solve the salvation equation.

          Chapter 9 was all about God sovereignty in choosing those who are His.

          -And chapter 10 is all about the choice of faith we have to make.

                   “It’s by grace that you are saved, through faith” 

                   Grace + faith = salvation.

                   -Both God’s sovereignty and our choice of faith are necessary

                             and work perfectly together to gain salvation.

                   -The predestination / free will debate is decided.

                   -In the paradox of God’s world, both are true as they are both

                              wonderfully taught in God’s Word.
 
 
 

And that has some wonderful implications for our lives in addition

          to what we looked at last week.

          1.  Our need to believe in Christ.

                   -Maybe you are here and you have never trusted in Jesus for

                             the forgiveness of your sins.

                   -Your righteousness won’t get you there.

                   -I encourage you to do so right now. ABC

         

          2.  Submit to the Lordship of Jesus in your life.

                   -Once we make that decision, we get busy living by faith, understanding

                              the sovereignty of God in our lives.

                             -Romans 8:28-29 gives us that perspective we need.

                             “God works all things together for good. . .”

                   -So all the circumstances of life are part of God’s grace to help us grow.

                   -Maybe there is something in your life that just doesn’t belong.

                             -Open your heart to God’s strength and wisdom.

                             -Put off that sin, renew your mind and put on Christ’s righteousness.

                   -That change in your life will proclaim Christ to those around you

                             like nothing else will.

          3.  Being less judgmental toward our culture.

                   -These chapters tell us that non-believers don’t need to get their

                             lives right before they come to Christ.

                             -That’s not the gospel.

                   -They need to trust in Jesus, then He will change them

                             in His time and in His way.

                   -In our zealousness, we sometimes mix up being zealous for Christ

                             With zealously judging the world and what it does.

                   -We are called to proclaim Christ.      

                   -And we will continue next week with Paul and the implication of

                             God’s sovereignty and our free will in calling others to faith.


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