Summary: A study on the Book of Romans
How Are You Saved, Anyway?
Paul’s attitude towards the Israel of the flesh is he desires them to come to know God. To be saved from the wrath of God.
The Reasons for Israel’s rejection (10:1-13)
You would think that Israel would have been expecting and waiting for their Messiah but instead they had Him killed. They missed everything that God was doing.
V1 Israel would have been happy to have pollical freedom from Rome but not spiritual freedom from sin.
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ’God, I thank You that I am not like other men-- extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.
12 ’I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’
13 "And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ’God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
14 "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
V2 They have a zeal but it based in ignorance and a complete misunderstanding in the ways of the Lord.
Many people today believe that it is their good works that will save them when in true these practices are what is keeping them from finding God.
V3 They were proud and self- righteous. They refused to learn because they “knew”, so they thought.
V4 Christ is the end of the law for righteousness.
Paul explains Lev 18:5 that the Law warned that you must completely keep it. There is no excuse to not accept Christ. He is not too far away, in heaven or in the grave, He is right close to each person who is willing to leave the Law and accept Him or trust in Him, by faith.
Law Righteousness Faith Righteousness
Only for the Jew For “whosoever”
Based on good works Comes by faith alone
Self-righteousness Christ’s righteousness
Cannot save Brings salvation
Obey the Lord Call upon the Lord
Leads to pride or guilt Leads to humility and joy
Glorifies man Glorifies God
V9 - 10 Powerful, clear verses of what a person must believe to be saved. You will notice there is no baptism mentioned as a condition, no church attendance, no Bible reading, no prayers, no money to be given, no good works of any kind to be saved.
The Remedy for Their Rejection
V14-17 They must call upon the Lord.
Someone must go and tell them. Each one who brings the true message of Christ to Israel is being used beautifully by the Lord.
The Results of Their Rejection
V18-21 There are three results:
1. Israel is guilty (18)
2. The message goes to the Gentile (19-20)
3. God still yearns for His people (21)
This is written in 64AD, 6 years before the fall of Jerusalem.
1 "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
2 "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
3 "Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 "Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 "Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 "Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 "The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 "The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
9 "The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.
10 "Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.