www.rossvillechurch.com February 13, 2011 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA
Romans 10 1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God , but not according to Knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God's Righteousness , and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the Righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the Law for Righteousness to every one that believeth.
(Text) 5 For Moses describeth the Righteousness which is of the Law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6 But the Righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into Heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above :) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
No man can keep the spirit of the Law (God's intent) perfectly from the heart. But Jesus has already come down to earth, and is risen from the dead; just receive Him by faith. There is nothing we can do to be righteous. There is nothing we need do to be righteous.
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; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus , and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto Righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.
9a That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus , This is a much broader statement than many realize. First -- it's not just saying the words; it's a confession of faith . Acknowledging Jesus as God -- Supreme. And, confessing that Jesus is my Lord. I submit myself to His Authority over all. I give up my own will and submit to His Will .
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus , and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. To believe is to totally entrust one's entire being: spirit, soul, and body, To faith in Jesus Christ , Whom God raised from the dead. It's not just head knowledge; not just intellectual consent .
10 For with the heart man believeth unto Right-eousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. We must speak words of faith; not just think them. To be saved; born again. To receive God's best.
Matthew 21 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith , and doubt not , ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. All things are possible with God, but we must : Have faith Doubt not Speak the Word.
Faith , just like love, joy, peace, and patience, is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. In other words, faith is produced in us by the Holy Spirit , as we prayerfully study the Word of God .
Christians must live by faith. To live by faith is to do what God teaches us to do, believing with all our heart that He will do what He says He will do. To receive salvation from sin and from hell, God told us to put all our faith in Jesus' death, burial and resurrection and confess Him as Lord . We act in faith when we ask God to save us, believe that He saved us, and stand before men and confess Him as Savior and Lord.
God promised to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. (Philippians 4:19) Luke 6 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. To be generous hearted , believing that God will supply all our needs, is to act in faith.
3 John 1 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health (sound health) , even as thy soul prospereth. To act in faith is to feed and nurture our soul , believing that God will give us health and prosperity . We need to eat more soul food : Music, Beauty, Worship, God's Word, Prayer God wants His children to be sound in spirit , mind , emotions , and body .
Why do so many people want and choose to live by a set of man made rules , instead of living by faith in God and His Word? It's easier to talk about hair, clothes, beards, and cigarettes and such, than to believe and live for God .
Man-made rules do not help us live for God and be blessed. God is love ; One aspect of living by faith in God is to love as He loves . 1 Corinthians 13 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the Truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. … NIV
11 For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. When we put all our faith in our Lord and His Word, and they are inseparable -- We shall not be ashamed. Proverbs 30 5 Every Word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Luke 4 4 … That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God.
To live by faith in God enables us to live a life of honor and integrity . We will never be disgraced. 1 Peter 3 17 For it is better, if the Will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. To suffer for doing the right thing is an honor. Jesus was arrested, beaten, spit on, cursed, and executed on a Roman cross, For telling the Truth and doing the right thing .
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. God loves you! If you're His child , He loves you and wants to bless you . If you don't yet know Him as Savior and Lord, He loves you and wants to save you from sin , and rescue you from a burning hell.
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