His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 5
Scripture: Romans 10:1-21
If God in mercy is saving Gentiles, what has happened to Israel? Romans 9:30-33
It is important to understand Israel’s present situation. Like we said, God has not promised to save every person that came from Abraham. But he has made promises to Israel as a nation. How are those promises going to be fulfilled? What has happened to Israel?
Today, people from the Gentile nations are finding righteousness by faith. But Israel as a nation is trying to be righteous by law. They are trying to be righteous by their own ability, rather than by faith in Christ’s work. They have stumbled at Christ like tripping on a stone.
Israel has not believed God’s message about Christ Romans 10:1-13
Oh that Israel would be saved! The problem is that they are trying to be righteous by their own ability. Instead they should accept the righteousness God freely offers through faith in what Christ has done. They are trying to earn a righteous standing by what they do – that is, by following the law.
But Christ (Israel’s Messiah) came, and He is the end of trying to be righteous by law. If a person believes that Christ died for his sins and rose again in victory over sin, he is saved from judgment for his sins. God sees him as righteous in Christ.
God’s message is to believe. Christ died for our sins, and God raised him from the dead because Christ conquered sin for us. God tells us to believe what Christ did is enough. If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised with from the dead, you will be saved!
So one who believes in Christ is done with the law. Instead of trying to make himself righteous by his own efforts, he has listened to the Scriptures that say, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
What a great message! Have you believed in Christ? Have you called on the Lord to save you? You can be righteous today!
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